“What can we do to Keep from Falling?”

For those of us who are saved, our eternal destination problem was resolved through Christ Jesus on the cross of Calvary. However, our deliverance is not automatic, there are things that we must work on and be very intentional about it. The idea that someone just lays hands on us, and all our troubles are gone forever is just not biblical. 

We lived in a very polluted world, physically and spiritually. Have you ever stepped outside for a walk and come back to the house smelling funky? It seems our bodies grab all the smells out there; if you like me, you can’t wait to take a shower or a nice bath and go back to feeling clean. In the same way, spiritually speaking, we will stink also if we don’t take care of ourselves. Is just the nature of the world we live in. 

I mean, you can be all peaceful at home, but as soon you step into your job folks are gossiping, folks are negative, folks are stabbing each other in the back, and you are exposed to bad supervisors who seem to find new ways to make your job and life more difficult. By the time you come back home, you need a spiritual shower; that is without counting your issues. Philippians 2:12 tells us, 

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, (ESV)

The expression “Work out” in this verse comes from the Greek word katergázomai meaning “To bring about, to accomplish, to carry out a task until it is finished.”[1] There is no room for laziness and sloppiness in Christianity. We are told to carry out a task until is finished; not to leave things half done. I want you to know that God will do the heavy lifting but make no mistake about it; we have work to do.

James asked some powerful questions when he states, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? James 2:14 (ESV) The word “Save here is the Greek word, sṓzō; meaning “To save, deliver, make whole, preserve safe from danger, loss, destruction. It occurs fifty–four times in the Gospels (not counting Luke 17:33 where zōogonḗsei [2225], to rescue from death, is a better attested reading than sṓsei of the TR; nor Matt. 18:11, omitted in some MSS). Of the instances where sṓzō is used, fourteen relate to deliverance from disease or demon possession.”[2]

James concludes in verse 26 of the same chapter 2 that “…as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (NKJV) Turn to your neighbor and tell him, “We have work to do!” Jude finished his chapter by stating, 

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25 (ESV)

Now the word stumbling here is complicated; to keep it simple, the focus is on the Lord’s ability to keep us from stumbling. Through Christ, we will not only make it to the New Jerusalem but are able to experience victories. Outside of Christ and relying on our own power… we will stumble. As stated in the article Why do we Keep Falling? We fall when we lose focus of our purpose and disconnect from God. That happens as the direct result of our will going in opposite directions. 

To be continued…

[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

[2] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament (Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers, 2000).

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