As believers…we are going to mess up.
We are going to fall.
We need one another.
One thing we should not do is isolate ourselves, because we make ourselves vulnerable to the attacks, and tactics of satan.
We must understand if one of us falls, when one of us suffers, because we are all made up of each other, we all are apart of the same body; it affects our ability to carry out God’s plan in the earth.
We must encourage one another.
We must allow God to lift us up.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10).
Humbling ourselves includes allowing God to correct us–through His Word, through others, and through the leading of The Holy Spirit.
God will lift you up. You will rise again.
You will be resurrected from your fallen state, and receive the strength needed to finish all God has called you to be.
After reading Psalm 41, I realized that there are conditions to God’s promise of being delivered and lifted up:
1. Consider the poor (Psalm 41:1,2).
Consider, pray, help, uplift, encourage those who are discouraged, helpless, powerless, afflicted and wronged–God promises to deliver you in your time of trouble.
2. Keep your integrity intact (Psalm 41:12).
In times of persecution, oppression, problems and it can be easy to let things slip–but God promises us that if we keep our good character intact, by walking in love, speaking and doing good, sowing righteousness, and good deeds before and behind closed doors, He will keep blessing us, and He will upholds us, and set us before His face forever. (Psalm 41:12).
3. Keep placing your hope in God alone (Psalm 43:11).
We all get discouraged. Whether it is because we are unfairly persecuted for righteousness sake, stumble in our walk of faith because of our own failures and mistakes, we can get to a place where we can not even function because we are so depressed, so disappointed, so cast down that we feel like we can never be picked back up again.
These are the very moments we need to push into His Presence and draw closer to God. I came to a place where I could not even think straight because I felt my failures could never be reconciled. But I came to God, cried out and spoke the truth of my pain to Him. God came rushing in with His love forgave me, and came to my rescue. He lifted me, making me stand on two feet, planted on the rock of His Word, and began making me whole that same hour.
By pouring out your soul before Him in sincerity, transferring the weight of your suppressed sorrow, pain, anger, fear and grief to Him, your heart opens up, and now He can enter in to heal you. You allow God’s healing power to fill you with joy, hope, and love and make you whole again.
Draw close to Him, and He will comfort you and strengthen your heart (Psalm 27:14).Take courage–have hope in Christ.
Keep your expectation up when it comes to receiving from The Lord. When you expect good from Him alone, keeping your faith in God and trusting in Him alone; God will not only give you the peace and strength to walk through hard times, BUT, He promises to save you and deliver you.
A just man falls seven times…and more. But he, she, rises again.
Do not get discouraged.
You will rise again.
And the Lord, through other believers will lift you up.
Just keep trusting Him, and allow Him to speak to your heart, heal your heart, so you will continue the journey of faith with other believers, disciples of The Lord, and spread the Kingdom of Jesus Christ all over the world.
Therefore dear ones, may you keep going, allowing the Lord to continually humble you, so He may lift you up again.
Jesus, thank you for your promises of lifting me up. I ask you to help me humble myself so you can keep me grounded in Your Kingdom, Your Will, and lift me up from this place. Jesus, forgive me. I turn away from it. Keep me, and help me. Thank you for surrounding me with other disciples who love you that will stand with me. Give me strength as I go forward, just like you did for Paul.
I love you, thank you for everything.
In Jesus Christ Name I pray, amen.
I love you all.
Till next time,
Have a peaceful Sunday.