When you’ve been knocked down by life, how do you get back up again? One thing that paralyzes us sometimes is thinking we have to fix it all at once. Don’t forget, your life is a collection of events, not a single moment.
Instead of getting stuck, get help from God. Ask him to fill you with his Spirit to give you the courage and strength to move forward.
Sometimes we fall into the same mistakes over and over again. We can think of this as repeated failure. Or it can be a repeat opportunity to get closer to Jesus and understand his loving forgiveness. Don’t give up the good fight.
Remember, sin does not define who you are. Instead, your identity is defined by God’s love for you as his child. And his love is what will eventually drive sin out of your life.
So no matter what causes you to fall down, look up. The Lord reaches his hand out to you. Take it. Rise with Christ. Don’t be afraid. God is with you!
A message and prayer from Vincent:
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I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
PRAYER TO GET BACK UP AGAIN
Oh mighty Lord,
I’m knocked down and hurt. It all looks dark. I’m tempted to give up.
Won’t you help me?
Give me the strength, oh Lord, to take one step forward. Just one. Help me to begin again.
If there is sin in the way, forgive and cleanse me. If the enemy tries to stop me with his lies and deceit, in Jesus’ name, cast out the devil, and set my soul free.
Reveal to my heart, oh Lord, Christ resurrected in victory over sin and death. And may I rise up with him, strong and confident as a beloved child of God.
Let me walk steady and sure in the way that is Christ.
May my perseverance and testimony glorify you, O my Lord, my God.
In the name of Christ Jesus,