The Danger of Living on the Edge


Living on the Edge“In a lot of efforts to change our [mode of] operation, our churches have found themselves living on the edge, rather than [living] in the center of the will of God… When you live on the edge, it’s very dangerous… because it’s just as easy to fall ‘out’ as to fall ‘in’ …Sometimes, we come to service and we look around and we see that [members are missing]…in action and nobody’s heard from them. We call [and] they don’t return the phone call. We wonder, ‘What’s going on?’ Maybe they’re living on the edge and instead of falling ‘in,’ they fell ‘out.’

“…Unless we’re focused on God, [and] unless we’re looking at the entire picture, we’re setting ourselves to miss the mark. And, so, we ought not to find ourselves living on the “edge” of [God’s will for our lives], but we want to walk in the center of His will.”

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Quotes from Adm. Asst. Marvin Sanders

Pastor of Shiloh Temple COGIC

Sunday, September 11, 2011

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3 responses to “The Danger of Living on the Edge

  • newgenesisres

    Doesn’t the center of God’s will calls for our death daily so that the life of Christ be manifested in us; which places us squarly on the edge of perils so we have no confidence in human abilities: in stripes above measure, in prisons frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods , once was I stoned , thrice I suffered shipwreck , a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily , .. weak , … offended burn / glory .. in mine infirmities. Risks are considered foolhardy when they yield no desired or expected result, but when they come through the Monday morning quarterbacks sing the praises of those who took the risks. But without faith it is impossible to please God. If you know something for certain then it requires no faith, and if it isn’t known for sure, you run a risk in proving it, and the nature of risks assume hazards. Unless we take risks we give God no chance to cover us beyond confidence of saving grace for a world to come. Did William Tyndale live safely, did apostle Paul, did Martin Luther, John Bunyan, George Müller, Christ Jesus, David son of Jessie:

    Noah, moved with fear prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham went out, not knowing whither he went, he sojourned into a strange country, Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come . 21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying , blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped , leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born , was hid three months of his parents, and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured , as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned . By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not , when she had received the spies with peace. And what shall I more say ? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: 33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong , waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again : and others were tortured , not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: 36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned , they were sawn asunder , were tempted , were slain with the sword : they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins ; being destitute , afflicted , tormented ; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

  • shilohtemplecogic

    Dear Reader,

    Thank you for reading our blog and thank you for your comment. I am familiar with the scriptures that you are quoting, but am not clear about your point of emphasis. I will attempt to respond, but for future references, please provide a scripture reference or link to passages of scripture when you quote more than two scriptures – it’s more courteous to the reader. Also, when you are using scriptures to respond to a comment/post, it is helpful to explain how that scripture relates to the point you are making. You must understand that everyone is not able to gain a clear understanding of scripture by simply reading it, and as a teacher (which I assume you are currently or aspiring to be), it is your responsibility to make scripture clear to them and to provide them with understanding by way of interpretation.

    For clarification purposes, the above post is an excerpt from a sermon. When the Pastor is referring to “living on the edge,” he is not talking about taking risks for the sake of Christ. but those persons who live on the “fence.” They have not fully given their lives over to God. They have not completely entrusted themselves to the care of God. They’re not quite out of the world and they’re not quite in Christ. The person who is living on the edge has not given themselves over to the process of “dying daily.” They are stuck in limbo (for lack of better words). And such a person can easily find themselves in a backslidden state, where they have resume the practice of previous sins – those same sins of which Christ had previously made them free.

    I do hope this clears things up. I pray God’s blessings on you throughout your day. Thank you for your visit and be sure to read some of our other posts. God bless!

    -Renee Stewart (Blog Moderator)

    • newgenesisres

      {“In a lot of efforts to change our [mode of] operation, our churches have found themselves living on the edge, rather than [living] in the center of the will of God… When you live on the edge, it’s very dangerous… because it’s just as easy to fall ‘out’ as to fall ‘in’ …Sometimes, we come […]}

      Thank you for your kind regards and the honor of a response to my comment. I think you are quite modest in underestimating your grasp of the reference I’ve sited. Your understanding of my meaning is quite accurate. It is simply a gallery of men and women, and the recounting of their experiences whose lives were brought to the very edge of existence to as you say, “taking risks for the sake of Christ”. As you have clarified the contextual meaning of your post to apply to people living in lukewarmness I agree that my comment is in that case ill-suited. Where there is a fault in my feeble skill with words I should not be amazed, for my aspiration is not to in word, or penmanship, for the kingdom of God that I’ve inherited is not in word, but in power. I can abide a fault with my feeble words or speech, buy not in my aspiration that the power of God be not feeble with me, for therein is the kingdom of God made known for the faith of men to stand in. If my fault is lamentable let it be lamentable in that I do not yet have a Lazarus….that I do not have an hundred Lazarus by the power of God with me to make known the strength of God to this generation, and his power to everyone who is to come. Though men may say that is not their business, that is all the business with me, because it is all my Father’s business, and his expressed will by the lips of his only begotten Son to me his adopted son. To that end if you chance mention a prayer for me, I’d be much obliged.

      By the way I do admire the use of that excellent image; sometime ago I was searching for one like that, but never found one quite as desirably to the point.

      Godspeed to you, and Grace for Grace

      tony (your brother in Christ)

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