“Wherefore (since) we (are) receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved (shaken), let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29
We live in a society that is pleased to do whatever seems right in their own eyes. Our society claims there is no absolute truth, and it cries out against holiness and righteousness. It seems the world has forgotten about God and acts like He has never existed. The sad part in all of this is that we as Christians often act the same way as we live like there is no almighty God, and we do everything we can to suppress the Holy Spirit. We turn up our nose at rebuke and leave church in the same spiritual condition in which we came. We may be moved by the message but nothing truly changes as our week starts again. I was in a spiritual rut this week when God used Romans 5 and 6 to speak to my heart and show me of necessary changes.
I praise God for the convicting of the Holy Spirit, and I thank God for the power of His Word. I have said before I am scared of heights, and even when I think about it I seem to get nervous. I once told the story of my new painting job where I was scared to climb a ladder. I was so fearful of the ladder that the very thought of it seemed to trouble me. My boss did not feel sorry for me, and he would not take no for an answer. I either climbed the ladder or I lost my job.
I chose to keep my job and climb the ladder, but my knees knocked with every step I took. I had to calm down or I would fall off the ladder, which would not be good as I was about 30 feet off of the ground. God helped to take my fear away, and I was able to do my job. As the week wore on, my fear had fully dissipated, and I was able to work with ease and did not even fear the height anymore. I even got to the point where I did not move my ladder as much but stretched out not fearing the height as I did before. I took chances that I should not have taken and forgot all about my fear.
The more we fear our God, the more we fear sin and stay away from it. If we are not careful, we start to stray from a holy God and we lose our fear of sin. As the fear of sin wears off, we take chances we would not normally take. We dabble in it and play around with the false thinking that we will be free of consequences. We lie to ourselves by saying sin is not a problem, not realizing we are all the way up the 30-foot ladder and leaning dangerously close to a fall. The fall then comes and we realize just how foolish we were for losing our fear as we climbed higher and higher on the ladder of sin. The problem begins when we lose fear of our God who cannot tolerate sin, and He is never accepting of our sinful actions. I Peter 1:15-16 states, “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” God’s standard is not our standard, and His standard does not tolerate sin.
Where are you today friend? Do you reverence and fear almighty God? Do you fear disobeying God or are you climbing the ladder of sin? Are you doing things you know you should not be doing? Are you taking chances you ought not take? Are you dabbling in things that you should not? God does not look lightly at sin and His promise of reaping what we sow will always remain true. May we get off the ladder and repent of our sin, and may we not lose the fear of sin and sinning against a holy God. May our standard be His holiness, and may we seek to please the Father in all we do.
Stay in the fight!