Get Back Up!

Every man falls down and every man needs Grace. The good news is Jesus is enough and because He got up from the grave, we can too get up! So, GET. BACK. UP!

Not only do we have Jesus as an example but there’s Nick Vujici, a man with no arms and legs who always gets back up. Nick thrives on speaking about the importance of getting back up when you fall down. In order to demonstrate his point, Nick slowly lowered himself to the floor and then, with some labour, got back up on his torso (link below). Then he said, “It’s not how many times you fall that is important, it is how you finish.”

Here we have a man with no arms and legs, demonstrating how, even a person with his disabilities, can get back up after having fallen down. Nick presents to us an inspirational example of what God wants from all of us. The writers of Hebrews had this to say: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [2] Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. [3] For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Maybe today you fell you don’t have the strength to get back up and finish and you’re right, alone you’re not able but with God we can fall seven times and rise up again.

If these two men aren’t examples enough then let’s take a look at three Bible characters who fell – each one with different circumstances. God went to each one and said, “Get Back Up!”

1. Elijah, the Discouraged
In 1 Kings 18 Elijah’s challenge given by God was bold and direct. Elijah not only challenges Baal on behalf of his own God, Yahweh, he challenges Jezebel, her priests, Ahab and the people of Israel. To destroy these false prophets Elijah calls upon God, and God sends fire down and burns the sacrifice, the wood, and the stones and licks up the water in the ditch. However, after the great victory over the false prophets Elijah enters a period of wavering faith and depression (1 Kings 19). After hearing that Ahab’s wife Jezebel made a vow to kill him Elijah feels sorry for himself and hides in a cave. Elijah took his eyes of God and onto the details. When Elijah stopped focusing on the fear of what men could do he began to hear God’s voice, got back up and was literally taken up to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:1-11).

2. David, the Forgetful
‘In the spring of the year, at the time when kings normally conduct wars, David sent out Joab with his soldiers and the entire Israelite army. They defeated the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed in Jerusalem’ (2 Samuel 11:1).

The first issue we see with David is that he should have been on the battlefield and not in the bedroom. From this he then spotted Bathsheba on his balcony and pursued her. From here David’s sin caused him to forget all that he knew was right and wrong. Calamity faced him on every corner and he went from stumbling to falling straight on his face.

But with his eyes turned back to God, “David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat” (2 Samuel 12:20).

3. Jonah, the Disobedient
“1. Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,
Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.
But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the
sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep” (Jonah 1:1-5).

Jonah reached a new rock bottom, not only did he fall but he landed three days and three night in the belly of a fish (v.17).

Chapters 1 and 2 tell us of Jonah’s attempt to avoid his calling as God’s ambassador, and of God’s miraculous intervention first through a powerful storm and then through a wale to capture this disobedient prophet.

But, as we come to chapter 3 we find Jonah’s finally ready to deliver God’s message of salvation to Nineveh.

Jonah went from running from God to running to God.

We can all relate to either one of these discouraged, forgetful or disobedient and know that because they got up, we can too get back up. Then and only then will we rise, rise to our eternal home.

We cannot rise if we are lying down.

This week’s song is You Got Up by Travis Greene

Lyrics:
Every man falls down
Everyone needs grace
Your love is enough now
By Your name we’re saved
Looked beyond our wrong
Saw just what we need
We are alive now
By Your name we’re free

You got up so I could get up again
Now I’m up again with You
You got up so I could get up again
You got up so I could get up again

I’m up with You You
I’m up with You-ooh ooh-ooh

I will rise
I will rise with You
I’m alive
I’m alive in You
I will rise
I will rise with You
I’m alive
I’m alive in You

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