Living the Christian life is much like being on a narrow balance beam. There’s always a good possibility of falling off the beam in being right with God.
Each step must be taken with intentionality and awareness. Just like skilled gymnasts, we must gain knowledge, apply it through intense training, and be willing to get back up when we fall. Sometimes though, it’s hard to understand and develop those skills. Take pride and humility for example.
Does being humble always mean beating yourself up?
Does feeling right with God always mean you are prideful?
For years I had the misconception that staying humble meant I had to constantly beat myself up for every failure. After confessing I’d stay in a defeated state of mind.
Then again I felt prideful in a prayer group if I didn’t sense any conviction from the Holy Spirit when others were confessing their sin. Even if I had already confessed, repented and was seriously working on my sin issues, Satan tried to convince me that I wasn’t humble at all. “Who do you think you are? You are so prideful thinking you could ever be at peace with a holy God!”
But what is the truth?
The Bible says we can have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1).
First John 1:9 says:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
As believers, we are not under the power of sin, nor do we have to live as failures when we do sin. Even if we don’t feel forgiven, feel at peace, it doesn’t mean we are not right with God. Feelings are not a reliable indicator of the truth. We need to examine our hearts with the Holy Spirit; ask Him to reveal any sinful areas where we are not actively repenting.
If there’s sin—confess and seriously commit to stopping it.
If there isn’t—rejoice!
Then we can remain on the balance beam of being right with God.
On the other hand, we must remember the only reason we can be at peace with our holy God is because of His mercy and grace; always aware that we could very easily lose our balance were it not for Him.
No matter how mature we think we are, there is always a danger of stumbling.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Cor 10:12)
Pride always comes before a fall. (Pr 16:18)
Staying on the beam can only be achieved with God’s help. If we stay tuned to our Coach He will warn us if we are teetering. He will show us how not to topple.
But when we do fall off our Personal Trainer will also tell us that we are no longer right with Him. He will encourage us to get back up by confessing, repenting, and fully accepting His forgiveness.
Hear your loving Coach repeatedly say:
“Get up! I’ll help you stay in balance with Me. I know your weaknesses and how to correct them. Let Me pick you up. Let Me develop strong muscles in you so you won’t fall so quickly. Let me teach you and help you improve your core so you can maintain the necessary equilibrium.”
It is inevitable that you will sin and fall out of fellowship with God at times. But you don’t have to remain there. Get up and get up quickly!
God’s not expecting perfection, only an endeavoring to stay on that beam and getting back up when you fall.
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