Are you allowing Satan to magnify the memories of your spiritual failures?
will always keep them before you unless you take your stand and move up in faith.
devil will whisper, "You didn't get very far along toward the deeper life, did
He will say, "You made a big 'to-do' about wanting to be filled with the Spirit
and you really flopped, didn't you?"
He will taunt you with the fact that you may
have stumbled in the faith - and perhaps more than once!
The devil wants you to live in a
state of discouraged chagrin and remorse.
Remember, the Bible does not teach that if a man
falls down, he can never rise again. The fact that he falls is not the most important
thing-but rather that he is forgiven and allows God to lift him up!
Perhaps you have read of the saintly Fletcher, whose holy life became so recognized
that he was called "the seraphic Fletcher."
His testimony reveals that he
stumbled and miserably failed God seven times. But after the seventh failure he went to a
room and did not come out until he was able to rest his case completely in the strength of
God's hands, He came out of the room saying,
Dear Lord, I believe that I am
delivered from the bondage of my sin. If you will keep me and help me I will never cease
telling the world what you can do for a man!
For the rest of his life Fletcher
exhibited to the world God's power to bless and to keep His transformed children on earth.
If our failures are going to hinder us forever, we might just as well never
have taken the first step. But God knew all about us and He still loved us and desired His
eternal best for us.
~A. W. Tozer~