This is a picture of me in South Dakota with some friends. We had climbed what I think was called Little Devil’s Tower (Not so little) and made it to the top. Scary picture for me because I remember scooting my way to the edge of the rocky cliff to get this snapshot.
My friend Brandon was right behind me, ready to save me if I began to slip. That’s the heel of my boot in the lower left corner. I was extremely close to the edge. I get a little nervous every time I look at this pic.
Have you ever had the fear that you are going to fall off the deep end? Have you ever worried that you are going to be swept away by the world’s perspective of things, dousing your fire for God?
Perhaps you’ve done something, such as a mission trip or a youth conference, that greatly changed your relationship with God. He blew you away and you swore you would never be the same. It’s a radical change that only happens when God comes into your life. Your entire perspective starts to change, because the God factor is a real, living active part of the equation. Do you know what I’m talking of? It’s something beyond emotions, it’s a change that effects every aspect of your life.
Have you ever had the thought that perhaps you will be led astray? How does a person keep from falling away or from going off the deep end?
Flabbergasted by the possibility, I began seeking the Lord and reading my bible to try to find the answer. I have provided a few scriptures that have been highlighted in my mind and hope they serve you in your pursuit of righteousness.
Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. -1 Timothy 1:18-19
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. -Philippians 2:12-13
Only let us live up to what we have already attained. –Philippians 3:16
Be faithful with what you have set in front of you. Your conscience is like your compass in the fog of this world. Listening to it will keep you from crashing. Do the right thing here and now. Don’t worry about hypothetical situations, do what is right and pleasing to God wherever you are at. Remember, it’s God who did a work in you to start following him. Work out your faith, grow in holiness and never stop crying out to God to lead you into righteousness, making you into a good leader, husband, wife, servant, father, mother, pastor, etc. God does the work in us so that we not only do the right thing, but willingly do the right thing.
If you are faithful with today you will never fall away. This is the key to not going off the deep end.