The harder the fall, the higher the rise



“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”

Apostle Paul of Tarsus wrote this to the first-century world on Romans 3:23 of the New Living Translation.

I prefer the English Standard Version, which reads: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” while the Good News Translation states: “Everyone has sinned and is far away from God’s saving presence.”

This biblical verse makes me weep whenever I look back into the script that shapes my life.

I grew up in a Christian family where my father was a high priest of Jehovah God, but I encountered lots of challenges that made me nosedive in the things of my Sovereign ruler.

Admittedly, I did all the things that heathens or non-believers would do.

Yet, I still called myself a born-again Christian.

I tried in vain to overcome sin, but in one way or another, I would find myself doing the same misdemeanours I attempted to fend off.

Fortunately, despite battling things that contrasted with what is heavenly or spiritual, I remained firm in my gospel conviction, including daily prayer and supplication.

Brethren, what keeps the spirit firm, unshaken, steely, resilient, resolute, solid and determined in following Jehovah God is about counting Yahweh’s daily blessings in life.

Yes, like a spiritually empowered son of the father, I would keep begging and pleading with Jehovah Xikwembu xamina to overcome my sinful acts. Sometimes I would confess, acknowledge and publicly make known that I was a sinner.

However, this did not immediately yield desired results.

Then, my father, who was a pillar and spiritual torchbearer of our Christian faith passed on while I was young.

While he died, the good teachings he imparted to us remained intact and reminded us that even we tumble, Jehovah God has empowered us with the tenacity and ability to rise.

Proverbs 24:16 reminded me of this spiritual investment while studying the bible.

It reads, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

I immediately realised that it would be impossible for one to liberate oneself from sin without inviting Jesus Christ into life as one’s personal saviour.

While inviting Jehovah God to come into my life, at this juncture, I would not require a church, bishop, prophet, pastor, church founder, evangelist, elder or deacon but needed Jehovah God or Jesus Christ himself to transform.

Yes, falling seven times and yet still have that ability to also rise seven times is no mean feat unless the Holy Spirit keeps guiding and strengthening.

It’s not about how many times we fail. In this world we live both wicked fall just as the righteous person does, only the wicked give up and don’t ever get up again.

As long as one has the ability to fall and immediately rises, then, I strongly believe the Almighty Jehovah God who gives life would shape our destinies provided the desire to remain in the right path is there.

I vividly recall when I was a child.

I didn’t have any fear of messing up things. Yes, that way is how children always learn to walk, talk and eat independently.

As I kept studying the verse about righteous falling seven times and yet rising again, it then became clearer we all learn from our mistakes that we are able to perfect our skills, attitudes and behaviour.

As children, we would then start playing freely without parents to monitor us whether we fall on fire, hard rock or play on dangerous roads where cars pass.

My parents would then allow me to independently explore new things and let my creativity run wild.

Similarly, dear reader, even Jehovah God does the same with sinners until they master how to conquer sinful act.

According to Proverbs 22:6 of the English Standard Version: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

If one has never failed before, it confirms one has never tried. Hence one would not have that ability to rise again because one had never fallen before.

Indeed, falling into sin as believers is not easy because the world rushes to criticize. The truth is that along the way we always become better children of Jehovah God.

The fear to make mistakes when growing always slows development in whatever form.

Dear reader, today I would like to encourage you to keep getting back up again despite falling. Forget people who grossly condemn you for falling. You have the ability to rise. Jehovah God and the heavens clap hands for you as you keep rising up, up, up, up and up again.

As believers living in a world full of sin, we should always adhere to spiritual aspiration that when we get tempted to do bad things, we must strive to change a bad habit, addiction or attitude in order to please our Creator – Jehovah God.

Jehovah God wants His children to rise as many times as they fall.

I repeat, don’t give up no matter how many times you fail or fall.

I want to encourage those faced with challenges to keep pressing on. I reiterate, forward ever, backward never.

Dear reader, I can guarantee you that the people who fall the hardest are the ones that always bounce back the highest.

Falling by the wayside does not mean as children of the Most High God we cannot get up again and let our light shine.

Believe me when I say that when people fall in life, they always rise up and get going as if nothing happened before.

Every rise after every fall scares the Devil most.

Micah 7:8 the New International Version confirms this. It reads, “Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.”

Further scriptural verses on 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 support this True Gospel: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

Other supporting verses are on Psalm 118:13-14 of the New International Version saying: “I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 of the New Living Translation says:“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Another supporting verse is Psalm 20:8. It states, “They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.”

Proverbs 3:22-23 of the Berean Study Bible reads, “They will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.”

Psalm 145:14-16 of the English Standard Version attests: “The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.”

For one to have this ability to rise after every fall requires parents who train their children the right path.

Otherwise, a majority of children born today under the era too many rights, human rights, democracy and rule of law always fail the tests when the going gets tough.

Such children always miss the opportunity of learning new things even in the house of Jehovah God because all they see are human rights violations.

Proverbs 22:6 of the English Standard Version states: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Those who believe in this True Gospel say amen!

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