All the water in the world,
However hard it tried,
Could never sink a ship
Unless it got inside.
All the evil in the world-
The wickedness and sin-
Can never sink your soul’s fair craft
Unless you let it in.
In many ways, I seem to offend all. James 3:2 is the Word of God that describes
what the Christian is when he is not kept by grace. It serves to take away from us all hope in ourselves.
James 3:2 (NIV) We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.
James 3:2 (NWT) For we all stumble many times. If anyone does not stumble in word, this one is a perfect man, able to bridle also his whole body.
Read Jude 24. The Word of God in Jude points to Him who can keep YOU from falling and stirs up the soul to ascribe to Him the honor and the power. It serves to confirm our hope in God.
Jude 24 (NIV) To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy –
Jude 24 (NWT) Now to the one who is able to guard YOU from stumbling and to set YOU unblemished in the sight of his glory with great joy,
For the new or old believer, it is often a difficult question as to what they ought to think of their stumblings. So, I added the word “unless” after my stumblings.
1. Do not let your stumblings, unless discourage you.
Psalm 121:3 (NIV) He will not let your foot slip –
he who watches over you will not
Psalm 121:3 (NWT) He cannot possibly allow your foot to totter.
The One guarding you cannot possibly be drowsy.
We are called to perfectness; yet we have to work towards that. It will not happen overnight. Time and patience are required. Do not think that your surrender was not true and real from the heart. Just acknowledge how weak you are.
2. Let stumblings, unless rouse you to faith in the Mighty Keeper.
Psalm 100:5 (NIV) For the LORD is good and his love
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5 (NWT) For Jehovah is good;
His loving-kindness is to
And his faithfulness to generation after generation.
We stumble because we have not relied on Him with enough faith. The first thing we must do is go with it to Jesus and let him take it to Jehovah. Confess it and receive forgiveness. We must commit ourselves in our weakness to Him who is able to keep us.
3. Let stumblings, unless make you very wise.
Psalm 37:23,24 (NIV) If the LORD delights in a man’s way,
he makes his steps firm;
though he stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
Psalm 37:23,24 (NWT) By Jehovah the very steps
of an able-bodied man
have been made ready,
And in his way He takes delight.
Although he may fall, he will
not be hurled down,
For Jehovah is supporting
By faith, we strive and overcome. By faith, we have courage to stand.
By faith, we live all things only for Him and through Him. God is our armor.
Our thoughts about what the grace of God can do for us is only to be taken from the Word of God. Our natural expectation that we will always stumble, unless is a LIE created by the Devil which is strengthened by our unwillingness to surrender everything to God.
Let no stumbling be tolerated because it seems unimportant.
If the Spirit of God has revealed a fault in our lives,
it is to draw us closer to Jehovah and make us more like Christ.
By faith, get over it now.
We stumble, unless and we do not have to.
Psalm 108:13 (NWT) By God we shall gain vital energy,
And he himself will tread down our adversaries.