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,
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Almost every Saint of God in The Bible came to a low and weak place in life and even spiritual failure. There are a few exceptions like Joseph and Job. Others like Abraham, Isaac, David, Moses, Peter and Demas had starting over places in their lives. You may be one of those Christians that once served the Lord with gladness and lived a faithful life for the glory of God, and yet now you are at the bottom and cannot seem to get up again. Let me encourage you with the Word of God today. You may be a Christian who has lived years without major failure in your life; let me warn you to "let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Cor.10:12) Maybe you are in the first group. You feel you have failed so miserably that there is no hope of ever being right with God in your life. I have good news for you. There is a way back to the joy of God's salvation. Please read Psalm 51:1-17. If I were a Christian away from God and living a defeated life of sin and failure, I would read Psalm 51 and reread until I was restored. David's sin was premeditated, calculated and merciless. He hit bottom and brought the judgment of God upon his family. The Judgment was fourfold. It cost him in four children. (He pronounced the judgment himself.) Where does a person start in starting over again?
- Repenting, vs.3-4. He did not need re-regeneration...there is no such thing! He did not need regeneration. He needed restoration, and that begins with repentance. "I acknowledge my transgressions...Against thee...have I sinned.".
- Recognizing a need for cleansing, vs.2-7. Sin brings an invisible Spiritual filth to the life of a believer. Others may not see it, but God sees it and the believer senses it. "Purge me" and "wash me" v. 7; "Hide thy face from my sins" and "blot out all mine iniquities" v. 9; "Create in me a clean heart" v. 10. Until we see our sin as offensive to God we will tolerate it. (See Rom. 7:13)
- Reassurance that God was going to cleanse and forgive, v7. Notice, "I shall be clean" and "I shall be whiter than snow." (See also Ps.103:12; Isa. 55:7; 1Jn. 1:9; Heb. 8:12)
- Restoration, Starting over again, vs. 13-16. David lost some things he never got back, but at least he had restoration. Notice: Verse 13, "I will teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Verse 14, "My tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness." Verse 15, "O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise." Then in vs.15-17, David confesses he will do anything God pleases and yet, he knows "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
Isn't that great? The way back is a broken heart! If you thought last year at this time that you would get a new start and you failed, why not start over again and have a great New Year?