Down but Not Out
Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light; I shall look upon his vindication. Micah 7:8-9 ESV
This hymn that Jerusalem sings is prevalent in our lives today. When Micah penned these words, Jerusalem as a nation was down, but no where near out. They had to endure consequence for their sin; however they knew that their advocate, our Lord would go to bat for them.
If you are in a season where you feel you may be too far gone, don’t fret. The strategy of the enemy is to make us feel like a failure in our walk, and coerce us into giving up. Sister, you are a child of God, in the grip of grace that can never be undone. 1 John 2:1 says that if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One. There may be consequences to our sin, but it never means God has abandoned us and the enemy has won; it’s just the opposite.
Our Father sees us as righteous because of what Christ did for us on that cross. Remember as his chosen children, we fight from victory, not for victory. The battle has already been won. Never give up sister, you may be down, but you are never out!
Most gracious Heavenly Father, I thank you for the victory that you have given me through your Son. When I sin, I accept my consequences, but I also accept that I am your beloved child, and I thank you for the victory only you provide.
Do you struggle with self-condemnation?
Memorize Hebrews 4:16 and know that because of Jesus we can always draw near to the throne of grace with confidence.