Falling into Jesus

Looking Up by lacybekah, on Pix-O-Sphere

Falling back into the arms of Jesus can seem like a scary thing to some people. It's like when you play that trust game with your siblings...your sister might stand behind you and you have to fall back into her arms..not sure if you can really trust her. Taking steps of faith isn't always easy and we were never promised it would be. Even baby-faith steps can be frightening to some, let alone LEAPS of faith. I remember back in my teen years when I started taking drugs and drinking for entertainment with friends...well..that took faith..faith that I wouldn't overdose or get in a car accident..but now that I think about it,..... I didn't think about it. That's just it. I didn't think about it. I just did it. Now if I can have that kind of faith in partying, putting myself in dangerous situations, then why is it so hard to 'just do it' in the Christian life?

But what is there to 'do' in the Christian life that takes faith? Does it take faith to serve in a Sunday School class? ummm not really. Does it take faith to organize the hymnals in the pews? ummm no. So what do we need faith for in this Christian life? All the things I can think of for 'serving God' are pretty easy. They don't require much faith at all. It doesn't even take much faith to love the people who all believe the same way. So why do we need faith if we're going to be 'safe and sound' in our churches? If being in church is so safe then why do we need Jesus? Did Jesus promise us a life free from 'unfortunate' events? Did He promise us that if we attended church we would be safe from all harm? Did Jesus ever tell us that going to church and being a member of a church was the safe way to navigate this life?

{Luke 10:3} "Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves."

Now that's takes faith! He sends us out AMONG the wolves? Well, not REAL furry wolves..he used the word 'as'.. 'as' lambs ..as lambs among the wolves. We know that the Bible expresses to us that there are many wolves and they are in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:15) . They appear to be lambs, but are ravening wolves. I think many times we assume that being in a church is a safe place, but Jesus and the apostles said very clearly where the wolves are.. they sneak in unaware (Acts 20:29), go door to door (2 John 1:10), but how will they deceive us in church?

{Matthew 24:5} "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

Now we know better than to believe someone coming to our door or to church claiming 'they' are Christ. But did Jesus say they would come saying THEY are Christ? No..He said "Many will come in my name, saying I am Christ and shall deceive MANY."

They claim to be believers, this is why we are caught unaware. We know the world has many pleasures that are for a moment, that snare us in the literal flesh, but that is not where the adversary is going to attack. He attacks from within. And we thought going to church would be safe. You see, the adversary isn't out to attack our physical fleshly desires as much as he is interested in attacking our spiritual fleshly desires... he attacks in the spirit. He snares in the same place he snared Adam and Eve, the same place he got snared himself, pride.

He wants to puff up our pride. He uses the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And Christianity still eats from that tree today. He puffs up how 'good' we think we are so that we get high and lofty..then he points downward at everyone else and whispers in our ears "See how wicked and sinful they are? But look at you... how good you are. You stay away from drugs, drinking, bad entertainment..you are better than they are." And do you know what we do when we are snared in that? We start accusing those we think are beneath us. We start repeating the very things he whispers in our ear. "Look how wicked and sinful you are! Come and choose our way..it is 'good' to walk away from those things..it is good to abstain. Don't stay in your wickedness. You're going to fall!"

Be careful!

{1 Corinthians 10:12} "Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall."

The apostle Paul was clear who he was cautioning about falling..those that think they are standing. The thing that entangles us the most as Believers, self righteousness. Our pride is the thing that will cause us to fall. We feast on that ol' tree and 'think we are wise like God' and we think we 'know good and evil' and we were not meant to have that kind of knowledge as humans. Look where it has gotten us. (He allowed it though and we'll get into that another time)

The place where most Believers could fall is right in the midst of church life. Especially if a wolf is 'feeding' the flock with fruit from that ol' tree. That is the place where God opened my eyes and showed me where I was, in the midst of wolves. Now, I don't think all churches are full of wolves. But I do believe all churches have at least two. The reason I think there are at least two is because they hunt together. There may even be more, because they travel in packs.

You'll know a wolf by his pride. And you'll know his pack when they stand up to protect one who is full of pride. When you speak out, they'll 'attack' you as if YOU are the 'problem'. If it turns out that the leaders in the church are the wolves, get away. If the leaders are truly humble, you should go to them for help when you discern a pack of hungry wolves. Maybe the creepiest part about this is that the wolf could possibly be... ourselves. We have heard this before..."we are our own worst enemy" If this is true for us, then we really need to get out of our own way. 'Self' is our number one enemy. Pride will destroy us as individuals and the fellowships we gather with.

There's a lot to digest in this article...

  • Why do we need faith if we are 'safe' in church?

  • Who will lift us up into that lofty position and trip us?

  • What will cause us to trip and fall?

  • When will we fall?

  • Where will we land if/when we fall?

Who is with us the whole time and never leaves us nor forsake us?
Do we want to stay where we are at and risk falling?

Take that leap of faith out of that high and lofty position, and fall into the arms of Jesus. He'll never drop you. We can trust Him. Man will fail us, we are all fallible.

We don't have to leave our place of fellowship if it is a humble place with caring leaders who serve from the heart. If the leaders are servants and teach the Gospel of grace and love, who can admit when they're wrong, who spend more time pointing at themselves than at others, where there is great love for one another, then stay. On the other hand if it is a dangerous place of high and lofty pride, control, fear, finger pointing, etc..then you may want to find another place to fellowship.

I hope you'll take some time to really dig into this message and ask Father where you are in this. Meditate on the things I have shared. We are a Body, worldwide, and we are here for one another. Lets fall into His arms and head over heels in love with Him, fall back and look up.

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{ Susan K. Stewart } at: September 27, 2010 at 5:52 AM said...

How do we tell the wolves in church? Is it about a person or about God?

Faith in God requires no outside help, when the faith is truly about God.

{ Sisterlisa } at: October 3, 2010 at 10:59 PM said...

The 'wolves' most likely are pastors or deacons or both, including some members..but I am not so sure they even realize what they are. I used to be in the wrong skin too... God woke me up to His gentle wool wrapped around me. His 'clothing' is best. A wolf wears religious skins.

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