DISTRESSED BUT NOT DEFEATED

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Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Thought I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. (Micah 7:8)


The struggles for the saints of God are many. There are struggles at work . . . at school . . . at home . . . in the community. There are struggles everywhere we go. The only place where there are no struggles are in the cemetery. Yet in all of our struggles we can have confidence that our Savior is right there with us. Though we sit in darkness, we have the Light of the World, who has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.

Notice what the prophet Micah tells us: “Though I have fallen, I will rise.” The unbelieving world loves to make fun of those who fall. They laugh. They mock. They gloat. But you can be certain that in due time, God will turn their laughter into lamentation and our groaning into a glorious chorus.

Perhaps you remember me saying in the past, “Fall seven times get up eight.” We fall because we are fallen. But God does not leave us in the ashes of defeat; He gives us the power to rise up after every fall. It’s not as though you have a certain number of falls in your account, and when you have reached your limit, you are down for good. No, no, a thousand times NO! Our God is a God of infinite chances, and where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more (Romans 5:20).

We can all remember times of darkness. Perhaps you find yourself in darkness today. Fear not! Do not despair and do not doubt. The Lord is your Light and He will bring you up out of the darkness and into His marvelous light. You need only trust in the truth of the God-breathed words you’ve seen from Micah today.

Christian, you must not believe the lies of the evil one! Don’t let the enemy gain a foothold into your faith. The devil is a liar and wants to convince you that you have fallen fully and completely, never to rise again. I am sure the devil repeatedly hissed that very thing to Peter on that dreadful night when our Lord when was betrayed and Peter denied Him three times. But after Jesus rose from the dead, He had a divine appointment with Peter, and He asked His defeated disciple three simple questions: “Do you love me?” “Do you love me?” “Do you love me?” Peter rose from his fall and responded by living a faith-filled life.

If it is not dark now, it will be someday soon. Remember these three questions Jesus asked Peter, and if your answer is the same as Peter’s—“Yes, Lord, you know that I love you”—rest assured that you will be restored in due time and respond by living a faith-filled life.

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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