Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.10.01


October 1 – October 7 



Scripture Passage:  “For a just man falls seven times, and rises up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Rejoice not when thine enemy falls, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbles: Lest the Lord see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.”  Proverbs 24: 16-18


Dear Friends,


     It does not matter how many times a man falls, he is measured by how many times he gets back up.  Life is full of surprises.  You can have money in the bank one day and be broke the next.  You can go to the doctor for gall bladder surgery and come out with full blown cancer.  One man’s dehydration turned into blood poisoning, which led to heart problems, which led to his death.  You and your family can be “rocking along” with everything seeming normal, only to be blindsided by divorce, immorality, and impropriety.  What has been strong in the past, begins to unravel at the seams and the indestructible becomes a powder keg of carnage.  The security of family and church often turns into the battlefield for all that is evil. Is there nothing off limits for our enemy, and will he stop at nothing to destroy all that is holy?  The answer is a profound, No!  The difference between a just man and a wicked one is what they do when these times of trouble come. 


     When a just man falls, he has one stronger than himself to help him back up.  He has a network of brothers, sisters, and friends that form a safety net to cushion his fall and to build a wall of prayer around him to thwart the fiery darts of the enemy.  The wicked man enjoys the shady pleasure of sin until the stench overtakes him, the filth corrupts him, and the mire of the pig pen constrains him.  By that time, his friends and family have deserted him and the Devil has left him in a mess all by himself.  I do not know if you have ever tried to get out of a mud hole by yourself or not, but it is very difficult and often near impossible.  It reminds me of a fish out of water, flipping and flopping around, struggling to get back to the environment that gives life.  The just man may fall, and often does, but when he gets up, he goes back to the Fountain and allows the water to wash him clean.  It is a shame when a Christian falters and falls, but the sin is magnified when they choose to remain in the mire rather than get out of the pig pen and go back to the Father for cleansing.  Get up, get out, go back, repent, be forgiven, be cleansed, and be restored.  You weren’t created for the filth.  Your nose cannot adjust to the stench and your eyes cannot see through the mire.  It is just a matter of time before you die in your present condition.  The only option left is to rise above it all. 


     The final portion of Scripture today deals with how to respond when an enemy “gets what is coming to him.”  I have had a few instances in my life when an individual made my life miserable by their words and actions toward me.  I knew it was all unjustified and they were just being mean and evil.  It is so hard not to get a smile on your face, and a sense of revenge in your heart when they stumble and fall hard.  You have a desire to get on the phone, (or Facebook) and talk about it and let the whole world know that justice has finally come.  The problem is that we are told not to gloat in another’s misfortune.  The right thing to do is to pray for them and to lend a hand if the opportunity presents itself.  Even Jesus prayed for his enemies as he hung dying on the cross saying, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  I am not Jesus.  I am not even Stephen, but I am my Father’s child and am called upon to be a reflection of His nature.  Life is full of ups and downs, ins and outs, and successes and failures.  We should celebrate with those who are happy, and support those who are cast down.  There is a line in the song Lean On Me, that says it best.  “For, it won’t be long, till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”   



In Christ,



Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny