Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
The fear of failure is ingrained within us from the first day our loving parents said, “Be careful you don’t fall.” We might have interpreted these well-meaning words as, “Be careful you don’t fail.” The enemy of our soul is aware of our fear of failure and uses this fear against us regularly.
If we are walking circumspect with our Lord then the devil will accuse us of not doing enough for God, trying to get us to trust in our works rather than His grace. Satan points out that we should be just like brother Perfect who prays twelve hours a day and then ministers the other twelve hours without stumbling once.
If we are not walking close with the Lord, because of unrepentant sin, then Satan is accusing us of that sin we are struggling with. Hell is bringing pressure upon us to keep doing extra work for God or we are walking in defeat because of a perceived rejection. All this confusion on either side of our relationship is now motivated by fear. No matter what we do, we are being accused by the accuser of the brethren. Rev.12:10b For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Thank God for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who has delivered us from all performance enhancing rituals to gain the Lord’s love and favor. 2 Tim. 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
How can we have victory without a battle to be victorious over? Why would God give us spiritual armour if we did not need it, or if we were going to leave all the spiritual fighting for our pastor to do? Eph. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Yes, we will fall, and yes, we will have to decide at that time if we are going to get up. Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Get up we will, because we have been given the power to destroy the works of the enemy. Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
We have been filled with the Holy Spirit to discern the deceptions of the devil. Whether we are being tricked into self-righteous works or falling into sin, the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth. John 16:13a Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.
The Spirit of truth working in us is why we are able to get up when we fail and fall. Not if we fall, but when we do, we will be able to get up and overcome in the power of His might. Prov. 24:16a For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again.
God is not worried about our falls; He is enthusiastic about our rising up with His grace from the fall to take back that which the enemy of our soul has stolen. Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.
The wonder of the cross is that all our sins and failures have been forgiven in full past, present, and future, and that known fact will keep us getting back up to fight, by faith, from a position of righteousness. We do not have to war from a position of fearing failure, because our failures were paid for in full at the finished work of Calvary. John 19:30a When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished.
What did I learn the last time I fell? I learnt that if I get up, God’s grace and strength is there in full loving abundance to give me the ability to overcome the works of the devil. I learnt that if I get up God would speak to me. Eze. 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
I learnt to get up and get ready for the next battle or test because, with Christ, I can do all things through Him for His glory and my blessed assurance. We shall overcome. Amen.