I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!
There are days I feel like my soul is bleeding with gaping wounds. Concerns for friends, family, and the world claw at my back. Attacks by Satan leave me bruised, battered and weary, prayers remain unanswered, and life is just plain difficult. In Christ, our souls are bullet-proof invincible, but we still bleed.
Trials hit hard and I hit the floor. I hit the floor on my knees and I just plain hit the floor from sadness, grief, and overwhelming circumstances. Crushed and defeated, I wondered at times if I’d ever get back up. I want things to be different, answers to come, and prayers to be answered, but they haven’t. Nothing has changed yet in the situation. My prayers continue for change and for change in me.
Desperate for a word from God, desperate for a soul-revival, I fall at God’s mercy and beg for His lovingkindness. “My heart is in anguish within me, and terrors … have fallen upon me” (Psalm 55:4). Through my heart’s call, the reminder comes… “If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me. I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts” (Psalm 119:92-94, NASB). “This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life” (Psalm 119:50, AMPC).
The saving in afflictions comes in various forms as God’s word brings revival for afflicted souls, His life bringing life. In a world that bruises and bleeds there is One who bruised and bled to heal your bruised broken heart and mend and bind your bleeding wounds.
There is victory for the fallen. We fall on our knees at the feet of Jesus to receive His grace and mercy. For, when God’s grace falls on a willing soul, the soul becomes free in Christ.
“Let every failure teach you to cling afresh to Christ, and He will prove Himself a mighty and a loving Helper.” ~ Andrew Murray
No matter how far one falls, God’s loving arm is mighty to save, restore, and redeem, for no sin is too dark for the power of Christ to lift with His grace, healing, and mercy.
With Christ, chains fall off prisoners, scales fall off blind eyes, and oppression falls away as His Holy Spirit falls within. And, when the Holy Spirit fell on people, mighty things happened.
Christ’s followers have God’s Spirit living within, granting the power of God. We fall into God’s arms during times of trouble, and in our fallen weakness, His strength is given. A dead seed fallen into the ground, produces new life. As we lay down our life, surrendering self, surrendering our sorrows, troubles, and pain, The Life comes to give hope, comfort, and strength.
Have troubles fallen on your shoulders? Have you fallen? Fall into the love of Christ, to receive forgiveness, relief, grace, restoration, and help for every need. Fall on your knees, fall into God’s Word, and fall into God’s grace. Though you fall, His hand will hold you up, forever hold you, and forever love you.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your unfailing love and mercy. Thank You that when I fall, You are there to put me back on my feet. Thank You when I fall on Your mercy, Your loving hand will catch me in Your grace. Thank You, Father. Thank you.
God’s Timeless Truth
“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” ( Psalm 55:22, NLT).
“…get help from the God of Jacob, put your hope in God and know real blessing! … He always does what he says— he defends the wronged, he feeds the hungry. God frees prisoners—he gives sight to the blind, he lifts up the fallen.” ( Psalm 146:8 (MSG).
God heals the heartbroken and bandages their wounds. God puts the fallen on their feet again (Psalm 147:2-6 (MSG).
“When people’s steps follow the Lord, God is pleased with their ways. If they stumble, they will not fall, because the Lord holds their hand” ( Psalm 37:24, NCV).
“My heart is in anguish within me, and terrors … have fallen upon me” (Psalm 55:4).
Through my heart’s call, the reminder comes… “If Your law had not been my delight, then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have revived me. I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts. This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life. ~ Psalm 119:92-94 (NASB), Psalm 119:50 (AMPC)
Emphasis added on scripture.
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