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 before 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 faithful. 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 it’s 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 as the means of saving us from his wrath. In this way he was being entirely fair, even though he did not punish those who sinned in former times. For he was looking forward to the time 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 this unfair for God to let criminals go free, and say that they are innocent? No, for he does it on the basis of 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, too, may come to him in this same manner. 30 God treats us all the same; all, whether Jews or Gentiles, are acquitted if they have faith. 31 Well then, if we are saved by faith, does this mean that we no longer need obey God’s laws? Just the opposite! In fact, only when we trust Jesus can we truly obey him.
Praise God for His mercy endures forever. When we are trusting in our own 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 when we have done all we are suppose to do we are unworthy. Only through God we are worthy. Isaiah 64:6 says: all of our righteous acts are as filthy rags. We can only boast in God.
In this New Year, let us trust God to get us through, 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 up again. Satan wants us to feel unworthy so we will not move forward and stay in the mess we are in. Once you repent and get back in God, there is no condemnation to those that are 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 trusting in you God. You always cause me to triumph through you. I receive it now in Jesus name! Amen.