The phrase came to me as I was reading Joshua 14. God promised Caleb 45 years ago that the land he placed his feet on would be his inheritance and his descendants because he followed after God. At 85 years of age, God kept Caleb stronger than ever, and he received his inheritance. God reminded me of his faithfulness towards us when we walk with Him.
God also led me to Romans 3. God reminded me that even when we are not faithful, He still is accurate. As long as we trust in Jesus’s blood and the faithfulness of God, we can get through any stronghold, weaknesses, or challenge we face in life. Read Romans 3 Easy Read and Living Translation in its entirety.
Romans 3: 21-31 Living Version: How God Makes People Right
21-22 But now God has shown us a different way to heaven—not by “being good enough” and trying to keep his laws, but by a new way (though not new, really, for the Scriptures told about it long ago). Now God says he will accept and acquit us—declare us “not guilty”—if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way by coming to Christ, no matter who we are or what we have been like. 23 Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious ideal; 24 yet now God declares us “not guilty” of offending him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in his kindness freely takes away our sins.25 For God sent Christ Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to end all God’s anger against us. He used Christ’s blood and our faith to save us from his wrath. In this way, he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. He was looking forward to when Christ would come and take away those sins. 26 And now in these days also he can receive sinners in this same way because Jesus took away their sins. But isn’t it unfair for God to let criminals go free and say they are innocent? No, for he does it based on their trust in Jesus, who took away their sins.27 Then what can we boast about doing to earn our salvation? Nothing at all. Why? Because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds; it is based on what Christ has done and our faith in him. 28 So it is that we are saved by faith in Christ and not by the good things we do.29 And does God save only the Jews in this way? No, the Gentiles may come to him in the same manner. 30 God treats us all the same; all Jews or Gentiles are acquitted if they have faith. 31 Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean we no longer need to obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! Only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him.
Praise God for His mercy endures forever. When we trust in our ability, we are operating under a curse (Jeremiah 17:5). We operate in the power of God/the blessing when we trust in His goodness and faithfulness. Jesus said in Luke 17:10 that we are unworthy when we have done all we are supposed to do. Only through God are we worthy. Isaiah 64:6 says: all of our righteous acts are as filthy rags. We can only boast in God.
Let’s trust God to get us through this New Year, not our own works or others. It is not how many times we fall; it is how we get back up, repent, and trust in God’s faithfulness. Proverbs 24:16 says righteous man falls 7 seven times and rises again. Satan wants us to feel unworthy, so we will not move forward and stay in our mess. Once you repent and get back in God, there is no condemnation to those in Christ (Romans 8:1.). Romans 10:11 says those who put their trust in God will never be put to shame! As long as your trust is in God, you have nothing to be ashamed of because Jesus bore it for us on the cross.
Go on through! God’s word is true!
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your faithfulness and love towards me. Even when I am not faithful and fail, you never fail. A righteous man falls seven times and gets back up. I get back up by repenting and trusting in your faithfulness, not my own. I operate under the blessing by charging in you, God. You always cause me to triumph through you. I receive it now in Jesus’ name! Amen.