Falling Is Not Failing

“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” Proverbs 24:16

This verse is a pretty well-known verse from the book of Proverbs. I have been thinking about it a lot today.

The definition of the word ‘just’ is based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair. While the definition of the word ‘wicked’ is just the opposite, evil or morally wrong.

Every person falls into one of these two categories. We are either trying to live a just life or we are living a wicked life. We know which one we are living, God knows which life we are living and those around us have an idea of what kind of life we are living.

Everyone in life will fall at some point in their life. We even see it illustrated throughout the Bible. Probably the two most famous Bible characters that fell at some point in their life were David and Peter. Both of them had some serious mishaps and mistakes in life. David committed adultery and Peter denied Christ. They fell. They were down in life.

These two men, most would classify them as just men. I can sit here and tell you what David did, does not fall under the definition of ‘just.’ I can also sit here and give my opinion on when Peter denied Christ and how that doesn’t fall under the definition of ‘just.’ Although they committed acts that were physically immoral and in Peter’s case spiritually immoral, I still consider them to be just men. David and Peter were too of the greatest men in the Bible, yet they fell at points in their life.

David wasn’t great because he killed Goliath. Peter wasn’t great because he preached the day of Pentecost. These two men were great because they had learned what it was to fall and get back up again. I don’t think anyone out there would consider these two men failures in their life because they fell.

Wicked men fall the same as just men fall. But there is a difference, the wicked stay down while the just man will keep getting up time and time again.

When you fall, you are going to get hurt. If you take a bad fall, you more than likely will hurt yourself in some way. When you fall in life, you hurt yourself in some way. You may get hurt physically, you may get hurt emotionally, you may get hurt mentally, and you may get hurt spiritually. Find a Christian you look up to and ask if they have any regrets in life, I can almost guarantee that everyone has some regrets because at some point they fell and they were hurt and now they live with the scars and the memories of their fall. No matter how hard you try in life to not fall, it is bound to happen. No one is perfect, no one is going to live life without falling. We all will fall and get hurt at some point in our life.

When you fall, you will need help. The easiest way to get up when you fall is to have someone help you up. If you are the one who fell, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. You are in a pivotal point in your life, you need help! You need someone there beside you to help you up and help you back on your way. If you see someone fall, be willing to help them up. At some point, you will fall and will want someone to help you.

When you fall, there is still hope! Falling is not failing. Staying down is failing. When you fall, there is still hope for you. Get back up! You will be hurt and have regrets. You will need help. But in spite of all that, there is still hope for you. In the Christian life, if you fall, remember God can and still wants to use you.

We all will fall in life. The reason some of us fail is because we stay down. We are hurt, we don’t want any help and we think there is no hope. We need to get up and keep on going for Christ. The Bible says a just man falls, but gets up again. Then the verse ends by saying a wicked man falls. Everyone falls, but whether you get up or not classifies you into one of two categories. It is your choice and your choice alone whether you fall and get back up or you fall and stay down and fail.

Falling is not failing! Get up! Keep on moving forward for Christ!

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4 Ways to Build Your Life

Colossians is one of those books of the Bible, that although it is short, it is packed with many truths! I love reading Paul’s epistles as they are all pointed, practical and powerful and if we take the truths that are found in them we can perform, persevere and prosper in the Christian life like he did.

“For this cause we also, since the we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:9-10 The goal of the Christian life is to walk worthy unto the Lord. Living a life where everything we do is pleasing unto Him. Where we are fruitful in good works. A life where we increase in knowledge unto God. In vs 9, we see that Paul was praying for these things for the church of Colosse. Praying for these things in others is a good thing. But just because you pray for someone, it is up to them to live for Christ. Same if someone is praying for you, it is up to you to live for Christ.

How do we live a life that is worthy unto the Lord? Well, we have to build our lives in Him.

  1. Build Downward. “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Colossians 1:23 We need to be grounded and settled in the faith. We need to be grounded settled in the Christian life. If our faith in Christ is settled, than we will be able to build upon that. Foundations are built below ground level, where no one can see them. We know they are they because there are buildings all around us that have withstood strong storms, due to their foundation. We don’t always think about the foundation of the building, but it is there and it is doing its job. Our foundation of faith needs to be grounded and settled, others may not see it, you may not even think of it daily, but it needs to be there so when that storm comes, you do not waver, you stand strong. Build downwards in your life, build that foundation of faith…as that is the first building block you need to walk worthy unto the Lord.
  2. Build Upward. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 The first part of vs. 6 says “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord…” That is building downward with your faith in Christ. Than these verses go on and say “Rooted and built up in him…” You can’t build up until you are rooted. You can’t build up until you build downward. You will never see a roof before a foundation at a construction site, it is not smart building. Same with the Christian life, if all you have is some walls and a roof and you have no foundation in Christ, you will be gone with the first storm. Once you have the foundation, you begin to build upward by walking with with Him everyday in Bible reading and prayer.
  3. Build Inward. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 The way you build inward is by setting your affection on the things of Christ. When you do this, your life will reflect that. What is in your heart will come out in your attitude and your actions. Your affections affect your attitude and actions. If you have your faith in Christ, if you are walking with Christ, and if your heart is set on the things of Christ; then you are on your way to building a great life with Christ.
  4. Build Outward. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5 Once you have built yourself up in Christ, it is time to help others build themselves up in Christ. We waste too much time on our own selfish reasons that we forget that the Christian life is all about others. Once we realize that living for others, serving others, telling others about Christ is the main thing of the Christian life…and we do it. Once that happens then we can say that we have built our life in Christ and on Christ. We will never be able to build outward and build others until at first we build ourselves.

Build your life on Christ, in Christ and then help other build their life in Christ. Each one of these four steps is a necessary step in building our Christian life, but you have to build in order and then get to a point to help others to have a successful Christian life.

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