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A Righteous Man Falls Seven Times and Rises Again

June 26, 2019

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A Righteous Man Falls Seven Times and Rises Again

We are sinners.      Time and again we experience a lack of faith,  a lack of faithfulness  to our Lord,  and instead demonstrate our greed,  lust,  selfishness,  and heartlessness.     We are ashamed  of our every fall,  but what can we do about it?     We’ve dishonored the Lord,  family,  and friends.     Where can we go  from all our sins?

We put our hope  in the Lord once again.     That is what Proverbs 24:16 is talking about  when it says,

For a righteous man falls seven times,  and rises again,
But the wicked stumble  in time of calamity.

When God’s children fall  into sin,  they are ashamed,  but — they know they can go  to their Savior  for the forgiveness they need.     And so,  they are able to get up again  and again — taking courage  to begin living  in the Lord’s ways once more.

How do we know God will really forgive our sins?      God tells us so  in Isaiah 43:25,

I,  even I,  am the one who wipes out your transgressions  for My own sake;
And I will not remember  your sins.

God gladly forgives absolutely everyone  who goes to Him  for forgiveness — “for My own sake”.     God made us this promise  and He will not back out  because He cannot.     He is holy.     He cannot lie  or renege  on His promise.

In all of His promises,  God’s foremost promises  of forgiveness  were given in the promise  of a Savior,  who would suffer,  die,  and rise again  to pay for our sins.     Our sins were fully paid for  when Jesus died  on that cross.     John 19:30 describes His sacrifice  on our behalf,

“It is finished!”     And He bowed His head  and gave up His spirit.

Because our sins are paid for,  we will not be condemned  to hell  when we put our faith in Jesus’ sacrifice  for our sins.      We may need to face  some consequences here on earth,  but that is how things are  on earth.     Whatever earthly consequences we might have to endure,  we should not allow them  to rob us  of the truths  of God’s forgiveness  in Jesus Christ.     It is God’s forgiveness  that counts  for all eternity.     Earthly consequences are relatively short-lived.

The devil definitely will try  to run rough shod over us,  trying to convince us  that we are not really forgiven.     He will try to make us feel  like total failures,  unloved by our Savior.     We need to remember  that the devil is the one  who is the father of lies.     He is always wickedly trying  to tear us down  and away  from God’s truths.

That’s why we desperately need  to cling to God’s words  of truth.     When we do,  Jesus has a sure promise for us  in John 8:31-32,

“If you abide  in My word,  then you are truly disciples  of Mine;  and you shall know the truth,  and the truth  shall make you free.”

God’s truth will set us free  from this world’s lies  when we live  in the word of God — that is to trust and obey  our Savior’s promises.

As we rise up again  in the love and forgiveness  of our Lord,  we say, “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are the Victor  over all sin,  death,  and the devil.     Let us always run back  to Your everlasting arms  for the safety we need.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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