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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Get Up and Try Again

A few years ago, Donnie McClurkin released a record hit called, “We Fall Down”. The lyrics are simple yet transformative to what many considered to be typical gospel music: We fall down, but we get up. But a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up. For many of us, this is our story. We have tried a new job, which we loved and failed. We have tried a relationship and have failed. We have tried to be like Jesus and have failed. Too often, we are defined by our failures. Our failures become a mark of shame and ridicule. Therefore, we run and hide when we fail. We do our best to cover up the story and embellish it to ensure that folks do not see our mess-ups. Besides, who wants to be seen as weak or a failure?

In the sermon Power to Endure by Pastor Jenkins, he reminds us that all things worth having, take time; that life is a journey of a thousand mess-ups; that our failures do not define us, but rather, how we respond to those failures. God has provided everything that we need to try again. When we are knocked down by life’s troubles, we exercise our access to divine power when we stand up and try again. The enemy is troubled and angry when time after time of knocking us down, we get back up and continue to fight. If there is something you want out of your life, it is your responsibility to press forward, despite the shame, despite the troubles, despite the scars, and learn from the failures so that you will stand up stronger than ever.

As Jesus endured the horror of the cross and suffered that all of us would be free, he exemplified endurance. Jesus was beaten, ridiculed, betrayed and ultimately killed in order so that we would have direct access to God. He endured all of this, because he loved us and knew it had to be done. Yet, a few days later, he rose up from the grave to show us that though we might be knocked down, we have the power to get back up again through Jesus Christ!

Prayer:
Mother/Father God,
Thank you for being the lifter of my head
When life has knocked me down,
You stretched forth your hand
And gave me the courage to get up
I will forever be thankful.
In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior,
Amen


Watch Today's Sermon: The Power to Endure

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