Writing about this topic reminds me of the time I was doing my Certified Accounting Course and doing my Economics degree course all at the same time.
Accounting Course was tough. I remember getting my Auditing unit results back and it was a fail. I didn’t even think twice I knew I had to resit the exams until I had passed it.
I registered for the examination afresh and that meant paying for the unit again. I Studied and sat for the paper and the results for a second time was a fail.
I was so committed to passing my course. I loved the feeling of completing a course. It gives satisfaction and pride and my uncle who is my mentor had told me that if I passed the accounting course, I would be a hot cake in the job market immediately I graduated and so the zeal of completing the course consumed me.
The good news is, I registered a second time and sat the examination a third time and passed with excellence. Oh my goodness the joy was overwhelming.
That experience left me with a lesson that lesson is if you are down, the only way available is rising up again!
Friends, knowing our weaknesses, our loving Father has preserved many of such stories like mine in the bible for us to gain strength while down.
Psalm 51:, 3-5, 12-13)
‘Then will I teach transgressors your ways,’ cried David. When? After a disastrous moral fall.
Simon . . . feed my sheep.’When? After denying his Savior thrice.
He slew at his death more than he slew in his life. When? After Samson’s greatest humiliation.
Samson and David each knew the horror of spiritual and moral failure. On the crest of their vocation, they plunged to abominable depths. Their lapses were inexcusable. Their ministries were desecrated. Yet they refused to dwell in defeat and failure.
They were failures for a moment, but they were overcomers forever. Grasping God’s hand of forgiveness, they clambered to new heights for the exaltation of the One who washed them clean.
Oppression almost crushed Simon the rock into sand. On the brink of ministry, after 3 years of grooming, he blew it. He lied. He invoked a curse on himself. He disowned his Lord. (Matthew 26:74) Yet though Simon fell , this one -time rock was still restored. Empowered by his Savior, he again turned to a rock.
That’s why today I am reminding you that though the righteous – that’s you and me in Christ Jesus – fall seven times, they rise again. That’s a promise. (Proverbs 24:16, Psalm 37:23-24)
Have you fallen? Not once, not twice, not five times…but seven times? Seven is Gods complete number, you can’t exhaust it! Its beyond your imagination!
Are you in any form of Spiritual failure or decline? Well, get hold of the saviour’s hand and let Him pull you out.You must just rise again!
Yes, your prayer life can rise up again to a new vibrancy, your bible reading and study too can pick new heights! Every spiritual discipline in you can be revived to a new levels.
Don’t count yourself out yet! Like Samson, David, Moses, Abraham and many other saints in the past, you can rise above every failure, setback, sin or discouragement and pursue spiritual vibrancy again.
Despite the challenges that have befallen you this season, you are not late in achieving the good goals for this year. You can rise up, pursue and even overtake!
Your business can pick up again. Your relationships, health, education, friendships, financial plans and career can rise again!
Join the league of men and women who have refused to give up completely but seeks out for any strand of hope from the Great I AM, the one who forgives every sin, empowers the weak and turns every setback into comeback and every stumbling block into stepping stone!
We are all waiting for you to rise up again, to make a comeback….to accomplish your tasks…. to pursue your goals….to finish your assignments…. because therein lies our breakthroughs too! Our destinies could be connected to yours.
Time for your comeback is now . Time to rise up again is now!
On your marks, set, ready go….!
Are you ready to ask God to direct your life? Why not pray this simple prayer right now and by faith invite God to fill you with His Spirit:
Dear Father, I need you. I acknowledge that I have sinned against you by directing my own life. I thank you that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I pray this in the name of Jesus. As an expression of my faith, I thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, bow in prayer and trust God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now.
Thanks for reading! Blessings and prayers to you!