In our daily walk we God, we often do things that we do not want to do. Paul relates to this in the book of Romans.
“For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.”
Romans 7:19-20 NKJV
Paul tells us that our nature is sinful. What does this mean? This means that when we accept Christ as our Savior, we enter into a war against ourselves. Our attitudes, our desires, our plans which are all based on our selfishness and pride.
I know all of us could relate to that. All Christians do because we are at war against ourselves and Jesus Christ, most often, we win and selfishness rules. We decide to be good, to be more in control of our temper, to be more wary of temptation. But the next day, we find ourselves blowing up, or falling into sin. We are a roller coaster of ups and downs. We make promises to God at one instant and break them the next.
“O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Romans 7:24-25 NKJV
Jesus will convict us and tell us that we have to change. It is Jesus Christ’s influence that changes us little by little. It is not an instant transformation, some transformations may be instant, but not everything. That is one reason he was born here, lived a sinless life and died on the cross. He knew that our sinful natures could not be made perfect on our own power. He knew that He had to show us a sinless life, and die as a human so we don’t have to. He willingly volunteered to sacrifice his life in exchange for ours. I know a lot of you could relate to this kind of sacrifice, but His was that all encompassing sacrifice for all of us.
This means that God understands that we could not be consistent. This means that our walk with God is a lifelong process of ups and downs. There will be days that we feel spiritual and good, but there will be days when we feel like the worst person in the world. But here is the secret to letting God win.
“For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.”
Proverbs 24:16 NKJV
The secret is to rise again. Looking at the verse, it tells us about two people in the same circumstance. Both are being pushed down. Both are being tempted by the enemy to do something else other than worship God. But you know the essential difference? Consider how many times did the righteous fell and how many times did the wicked fell.The enemy kept on pushing the righteous down seven times but he still managed to rise up. The wicked yielded and stayed down after falling down once.
Satan cannot topple you down if you stayed down. The wicked stayed down, while the righteous in Jesus kept going back up.The wicked decided in his heart that he was bad anyway and he would have no hope of redemption. He has been defeated and could not manage to stand back up. He became contented at staying down.
God does not operate that way. God will always win if you go back running to Him whenever you fall down.He will surely forgive you and allow you to try again. He will surely pick you back up, clean up your sores and dirty garments and lead you back to Him. Until you reach the point where you are walking firmly with Him.
The key point here is that in our daily walk with Christ, whenever we fail, we do not have to stay down. We have to get back up and continue the walk with Him.