There are times that no matter how much we try – we succumb to weaknesses and we fail, we commit mistakes, we do wrong. I believe that these are brought about by our not being watchful and prayerful enough. The Lord Jesus warns us that we must always watch and pray that we may not enter into temptation. And apostle Peter says that we must always be vigilant, for the enemy is like a roaring lion and walks about, seeking whom he may devour. And he will do just that, if we neglect to do the things that will make us triumph.
But we hope in the enduring mercies of God. That when we come to Him with a contrite heart, humbly confessing our unrighteousnesses, and acknowledging that only by His grace can we be restored – He will hear us and He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1: 9).
It’s not that we delight in committing offenses, but that we miserably fail due to our own shortcomings, and we squeeze our hearts in repentance. And we beg the Lord to continue to do His work in us, that we will grow from grace to grace, from strength to strength, from glory to glory.
This is the desire of the humble, of the contrite in heart: that the Lord will make them well-pleasing in His sight – a sweet aroma which the Lord greatly delights in.
So, as long as we remain humble on our knees, the Lord Jesus Christ will restore us and will prepare our hearts and make us fruitful in every good work.
The road is sometimes rocky, but we, the branches, will continue to cling – to the Vine who is our life.
This weekend, we pray for continued strength and fervor in the spirit, that by the help of the Holy Spirit, we continue to trample the works of the enemy and advance to the Kingdom triumphing along the way. Amen.