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Topic: TRIP (10/18/18)
TITLE: Triumphant Grace
By Tia Phillips
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I had a pastor who tripped on a root of doubt and left his wife, family, and congregation in the wake of his fall. He fell and never got up.
I knew a man who tripped on the root of adultery and walked away from six children and a beautiful wife. He tripped and never got up.
We all have a story. A story of a root born of seed which caused someone to trip and fall and ignited a wall of hurt upon which others wailed.
They tripped and they forgot grace. They fell into mud and refused to get up.
The question is not, “Will I fall?” but rather, “Will I rise?”
If we refuse to reach up, to stand up, to keep walking, even limping if we must, then we have denounced He who gave us legs to walk in the first place.
Do we believe His grace is sufficient? No. Do we believe His grace is triumphant?
The same God who walked out of a tomb and raised us to life can do it again. And again. We can trip – we can fall – and can still arise victorious.
Our most grievous sin is not falling. Our most grievous sin is the lack of faith that keeps us from believing we can be pulled out of the mire.
We can never believe the lie that we are above being rescued or beyond being rescued.
This lie forces us to look away from our sin, to justify it instead of being redeemed from it. Redemption is, after all, the cornerstone of our faith…we cannot be redeemed from our fall until we acknowledge we have fallen.
The gospel of redemption applies to our souls every hour – whether we stand in a pit, having fallen far from holiness, or on a mountain, having conquered a valley with endurance unparalleled. We need a Savior. Every hour, every day of our walk on this earth, we need a Savior. Let us never be too prideful or ignorant to call upon the Name of a Holy God who will, every time, show us triumphant grace.
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