Daily Encouragement for a Healthy Life in Christ – Day 18 – PRESS ON

We have fallen more times than we care to remember. We have failed over and over again. We are too ashamed to face the Lord…again. Our guilt and failure create a wall, the enemy screams out our failures, and we believe the entire world shall hear. In guilt and shame we retreat into a dark place, we raise our hands in defeat and allow the enemy of our soul to lead us away into an increasingly dark place.

Friend, it is for freedom that Christ has set us free! Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery! (Gal. 5:1) We all stumble and fall as we attempt to follow the Lord. He knows that, which is why He came for us. So let us not return to a treadmill of works, but let us, in freedom, allow Him to remake us. Let us cry out to Him with the Psalmist, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”

1 John says, “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” We have already overcome, in Christ, not in ourselves. There will never be any boasting. But we must exercise the faith that He has given us, and trust in the Word that He has left us. Jesus tenderly told His disciples during His last Passover with them, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1)

Today, let us drop to our knees, and drop the burden of our inadequacy at His feet. Let us take our eyes off our failure, and place them instead on the only overcomer, on Christ. Remember what Paul said, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14)

This moment, this one, is where we live. This moment is the moment of our decision. We can’t go back, so let us not go back. Let’s live now, submitting each of our decisions to Him and His truth, for He is truth.  Today my friends, may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Rom. 15:13)

“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness! “(Ps.15:1)


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