Falling Seven Times

“Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Matthew 16:9

Sometimes we just don’t get it. And the things we don’t understand can keep us from elevating our relationship with God to another realm of Glory. So over the next few days I want to talk about a few things that we still don’t get:

1. We feel unworthy to come to God when we fail.

Some of us sin and think that time needs to pass before we can pray for forgiveness. Or we completely blow it and think there’s no way that God could ever use us again. We fall into believing our days are done, our destiny disqualified, and we settle into a spirit of self-condemnation.

This kind of attitude reveals one thing: you still don’t understand grace.

The grace of God is not only for our salvation. For the same grace that brought us to the point of salvation is also with us as we daily live out our lives. The same power that raised us from the grave of sin, is the same power that raises us from our mistakes.

Proverbs 24:16 says, “The RIGHTEOUS man falls down seven times, but seven times, he rises again.”

What normally comes to our minds when we think of a righteous person is not one that falls a lot. We typically think of someone who hardly ever falls. But I believe it is because our idea of righteousness finds it’s root in self-righteousness. And regardless of your theological bias on the subject the fact remains, we have been made righteous by Jesus, not ourselves.

Just like Peter, our failure is not final. So get up again and return to God. Jesus’ worthiness was transferred and exchanged for our unworthiness.