Jude 24-25 – “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy- 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” NIV
In 2011, I had hip replacement surgery, and the next day after surgery they got me up to walk. It was painful and difficult but something that had to be done. There were two people near me at all times to ensure that I did not fall, and they also provided a walker to help me stabilize myself so that I could gingerly move across the floor. They placed a strap around my waist and when I asked what that was for, they said, “So you won’t wind up on the floor. It is to enable us to keep you from falling.”
I have thought about that since that time I realized that in a real sense that is what the Holy Spirit does in our lives to enable us to “Walk The Christian Walk” without stumbling or falling. He wraps the Word of God around us and stands ever so near to ensure that if our footsteps are unstable or our ability to traverse the particular path before us is difficult, He upholds us to keep us from stumbling to prevent our fall. Adam and Eve fell in the Garden due to disobedience but if you and I set our hearts to walk according to the Word of God and are sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit we Will Not Fall!
God is not only able to keep us from falling but keeps us from falling. In a real sense, He presents us before the Father daily. One He will present us ultimately and finally before Him so that we can enter into the Eternal Joys of the Lord! We should live every moment of every day with great rejoicing in that reality. We should always be conscious that in our own strength, ability, and nature we would fail miserably and continue to be Mark Missers coming short of the Glory of God. Yet, through Christ Jesus our Lord and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we can go through this life without Falling!
While I do not want you to think of Him as a crutch, I do want you to think of Him as your ultimate support. A crutch could become an excuse or a justification for not rising to the level of maturity that God desires, and we need but a support system is designed to enable us to do just that.
Therefore, if you are struggling to live the Christian Life maybe you are attempting to go it alone without the aid of the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Instead of trying to go in your own willpower and strength “cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”
May the Lord bless you as you go through this day and week in Him.