Monday, January 14, 2013

"Fallen, Fallen"

"Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand." Psalm 37:24
Mankind fell in Adam as far as he could fall. He fell as low and as far away from God as he could. "All have sinned and come (fallen) short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23) Yet, we had not fallen so far that we were past the reach of God's ability to save us. "The hand of the Lord is not short that it cannot save". (Isaiah 59:1) He reached us though His Son Jesus when He died on the cross. 
God did not even spare His One and Only Son, but freely gave Him up as the ransom for our sins. He put the punishment of our sins upon Him. He was bruised, beaten, mocked, ridiculed and crucified for us. He took our place. He bore the judgment that we rightfully deserved in order to reach us and pull us out of the pit of sin and death.
If God went to such great lengths to save us while we were yet sinners, dying in trespasses in sin, had the penalty of death upon us, enemies of His, rebels fighting against Him, why would you think that He would not forgive you now when you fall or make a mistake. Why would you think that He would be done with you because you fell into temptation and committed a sin in a moment of weakness? 
David committed adultery and tried to hide it through murder and God forgave him and did not take the kingdom from him. Moses killed an Egyptian in anger but God still raised him up to lead His people out of Egypt. If these fell and were restored and used by God, why would you think that God would not do the same for you? These men lived in the time of the Old Testament and God lifted them up when they were cast down. Today there is a New Testament, a better Covenant, that we have through Jesus. If God would do it for them then, how much more will He do it for us now because of Jesus.
Have you fallen? Have you sinned? Are you cast down? Don't stay there. The Lord is reaching out His hand of mercy, grace and forgiveness. Grab hold of it, confess what you did from a repentant heart, receive His forgiveness and go forth free from guilt and condemnation.
Have a great day. If God reached down to you when you were a sinner and had fallen as far as you could fall, why wouldn't He reach down to you now that you belong to Him when you make a mistake and lift you up.
For further reading:
Romans 8:1,32; 6:23; 5:8
Isaiah 53
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