Building on the Edge of the Cliff
Shared by Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ’s Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.publishamerica.com
A certain woman wanted a house with a seaside view. She went to a real estate agent who showed her a luxurious manor situated just a few yards from the edge of a crumbling cliff. Accompanying them was the former owner of the property.
“I’ve gotta be honest with you, ma’am,” said the realtor, “or I wouldn’t be able to sleep soundly, my conscience would bother me so much. Conservatively speaking, I wouldn’t give this house another five years before the ground beneath it crumbles and falls into the sea.”
“He’s lying,” said the owner. “Ma’am, you know these guys are only in the property-selling business for the money. This man is a fraud. He’d rather show you another guy’s property where he’d get a bigger commission.”
“But what if he’s telling the truth?” wondered the woman. “Which of you should I believe?”
“Me, of course,” the owner lied. “I bought this place from a millionaire who only sold it because he wanted a fancier place. He had this cliff inspected by geological experts with a long string of degrees. They told him the cliff was founded on solid marble and wouldn’t wear away for several thousand years.”
“So what credentials do you have?” the woman snapped, looking suspiciously at the realtor.
“The testimony of others who built along this cliff and lost their homes,” he replied.
“Well, where are those people?” she demanded.
“They moved away, to higher ground; far from the perilous cliff, and far from the floodplain, where other homes have been destroyed by torrential rains. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, ma’am. I’m a Christian.”
“I haven’t time for your fear-mongering excuses for why I shouldn’t snap up such a bargain,” she said. “Some Christian you are. You’re just out to protect your own commission, so I’ll take this one.”
The owner of the property was thrilled, though he kept a poker face. But the realtor thought: “Lord, I did my best to warn her, but she wouldn’t listen.”
Within two years a violent tidal wave crumbled the cliff. The woman went down with her cheap house.
Many of My dear children have built their spiritual houses as close to the cliff as they dared, because satan sold them a cheap lie that they can “have it all” and still have Jesus. Time is limited before My patience with sinful mankind finally expires. Many immature saints are like that cliff satan slowly and imperceptibly erodes away till they finally crumble when he hits them with temptations far too strong for their eroded spiritual lives. They will not be able to stand firm in the evil days to come.
This world is an evil, perilous place, like a harlot seducing My servants to turn from the right and good Path of Life. Ofttimes saints must battle the devil without the support and prayers of other saints, in areas where the love of many has frozen to ice. I must return very soon, or My weaker lambs will fall away from the Faith and finally perish.