Get Up Eight
Daily Devotional for February 2nd
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 24:16
The Christian life has many struggles through which the Lord develops wonderful things in our life. Near the top of the list is perseverance. You’ve probably noticed that, when people walk away from God, it has been during a time when they failed God miserably. The Lord has plans to build you, mold you and make you into someone who just won’t give up when hard times come.
According to this scripture, a just man will fall seven times. Just because you are saved by the blood of Christ doesn’t mean you’ll never fail again. Yes we strive to live above sin. We all strive to walk in a way that pleases God, but failure comes. When we do err, we are shook to our core because we let God down. Take heart today friend. The grace of God does not give us the ability to fail, but the ability to get back up if we do fail.
Our biggest problem is we are too prone to quit. Oftentimes we fail to see anything through to the end. In the parable of the sower, Jesus revealed the main issue with the plant that grew but fell away; and have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. Mark 4:17 Marriages fail today mainly because either one or the other spouse gives up due to the unwillingness to forgive or they choose not to hold on through rough times. Giving up does not reveal the size of the problem in a person’s life, but the weakness inside a person.
When Peter wrote but grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…he stated a powerful truth. Peter, above all other disciples, needed this truth. He had no root in himself. He was fired up at the last supper, but was ready to give up a few hours later. We are to grow in GRACE; not anything else. God’s grace gives us the ability to rise up even though we have failed God.
The greatest boxers in the sport of boxing have one core strength that causes them to become great champions; and that is, they refuse to stay down. When they get knocked to the mat, they will get back up and fight again. You’ll not find a championship boxer that has never gotten knocked down, but you will find many champions who were knocked down, but got back up and went on to win the same fight against the same opponent.
What about you friend? Is the devil wearing on your mind due to some thing you’ve done? Are you contemplating walking away from God just because you’ve not figured out how to walk with God? Failure in our lives reveals that our focus has turned from Christ and the victory He won at Calvary. If you fall seven times, then get up eight times. Don’t give up on Jesus because He will never give up on you. If you will refuse to quit, God will do great and mighty things in your life. If you will keep your focus on Calvary’s Cross, then there will be a power; a source of strength that will come empowering you to rise up and walk victoriously. The power is not in you friend; it’s in Jesus Christ!