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Getting Up Again

Prov. 24:16 states, "For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again:"

Just about every Biblical saint had a fall. These include Abraham, Noah, Moses, Isaac, Jacob, David and Peter to name a few. One of the most important aspects of the Christian life is not how many times we fall, but how many times we get up again. Ps. 37:23-24 tells us that the steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and yet v24 states, "though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand." Friend, if you are saved and you have fallen, His hand is stretched out to you. Satan wants you to think you cannot get up again. God wants you to know He loves you and wants you back in fellowship with Him.

If you have fallen,
  1. Rest assured, God is interested in you, even when you have fallen.
    Psalm 145:14, "The LORD uphold all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down."
  2. If you have fallen, do not lean on your own understanding.
    Prov.3:5-6 . Do not rationalize, repent. James 4:7-8 "Resist the devil. Draw nigh to God." In order to draw nigh, you must be away.
  3. Do not shun or shy away from those who can help.
    Eccl. 4:10; Gal. 6:1-2. If you are drowning, it doesn't matter what hand is out to you.
  4. Do not become discouraged and bitter.
    Determine to become better by better confession of sin, better prayer time, better commitment, better response to the Holy Spirit. Prov. 3:11
  5. Do not listen to the voice of fear, doubt and anger.
    These will lead you deeper in sin and further from God. Ps. 51:1-8, 12-13 ; 2Tim. 1:7
  6. Determine to never give up for the last time!
    Job. 13:15 "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him."

Always get up again! Always confess up again! Always pray up again! Always live up again! Always look up again! Why are you waiting? James 4:8, "and He will draw nigh to you." God always responds to repentance and He always takes the next step toward us after we "draw nigh." So, we are as close to God as we want to be, and He is always waiting on our next move.

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