Aug 19, 2009
The Fear of Sinning
The fear of sinning must be taken away if we are to succeed in life.
I once saw an episode of “Fear Factor” where these people were told to walk across an iron beam that was supported by two chains and hoisted almost a hundred and fifty feet in the air. The beam was about 6 inches wide and ten feet long. All they had to do was make it to the other side without falling.
What I found interesting is that while the host was explaining the task, the beam was lowered right next to the people about a foot off the ground. This girl walked over to it, jumped up on it and skipped across the beam with almost no effort whatsoever. She even jumped in the air and made a 180 degree turn, then landed on her feet and skipping back to the other side. She was letting the other contestants know that she was a former gymnast who had excellent balance and she felt confident that she would dominate this competition.
Skipping across a beam that’s a foot off the ground in one thing, but once that same beam is raised to a hundred and fifty feet in the air, it becomes a whole different ball game. If the girl had fallen off when the beam was only inches from the ground, she would have jumped back on and assessed what it was that made her fall. Perhaps she leaned too much to the right or the left. Maybe she stopped too quickly or jumped too high. Her mind would easily focus on the walk and nothing else. However, when the beam is raised high in the air, she would no longer focus on the walk; she would focus on the consequence of falling. When the consequence outweighs the cause - blindness sets in and people become spiritually crippled. Falling a hundred and fifty feet is a devastating consequence that is sure to dominate the thoughts of anyone walking that beam. That is exactly what happened to this young woman when her beam was raised. She didn’t even walk one foot on the beam. This former gymnast with impeccable balance and skill, held on to the chain for dear life until they lowered it again.
The reason we focus on the consequence of sin instead of the cause, is because our religion has completely denied the fact that Christ destroyed the power of consequence through the cross. We foolishly still say that, “Sin separates us from God.” That statement alone is a long way to fall for any human being. Even godless Cain who murdered his brother, told the Lord that being without His presence would be more than he could bear. When we continuously tell people that their sin separates them from God, we are denying the cross and lifting the bar over a hundred and fifty feet in the air. The result is that rather than assessing the cause of a sin, people now only focus on the consequence because it’s more then they can bear. They become blind and crippled in their walk, and instead of skipping to the other side, they hold on to the chain for dear life.
The moment a person understands that NOTHING will separate them from God, and He will never leave them or forsake them, the bar of life is lowered to inches off the ground. They can do cartwheels and back hand-springs across the beam because they aren’t terrified of falling anymore. The fear of sinning MUST be taken away if we are to succeed in life!
When we see the gymnasts in the Olympics do back flips and twists on the balance beam it makes our heart stop. We can’t imagine how they learned to do something like that. The answer is simple. They learned by taking away the consequence of falling. They started with nothing more than a line drawn on a mat on the floor. They practiced staying on the line while doing walk-overs and cartwheels. When they got a little better, they graduated to a beam only inches from the ground. Over time, when they felt more comfortable and they had perfected their routine, they raised the bar to standard height. This is how all gymnastic exercises are learned. Someone “spots” them while they try new things, eliminating the consequence of falling. Once that’s taken away, people will try anything and discover that they are capable of things they never imagined.
When people hear the grace message they immediately detect a lowered spiritual consequence to sin and It makes them nervous because they think people will intentionally jump off the beam. This is simply not so. When we receive God’s Spirit we are naturally inclined to walk the beam without falling. More than that, we are inclined to do flips, cartwheels, and hand springs across the beam. To a Spirit-filled person, the beam has new meaning. It’s an exciting place to be. Christ came so that we would have our full potential discovered on the beam of life.
When you fall (sin), don’t worry for even a moment that you are separated from God. Nothing will ever separate you from Him. There are certainly consequences to any sin, but losing God is not one of them. Hell is also not one of them anymore. You belong to God. He will never let you go. Nothing in all the universe can separate you from the love of God. Nothing!
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