Every believer will at some time feel the harsh breath of the enemy when they are vulnerable, and even more so when they fail in some area: most often, the harsh control of condemnation. That is why it is a essential that we teach believers, when they fall or fail or sin, not to stay down but to immediately get up and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus and keep walking. More Christians have been derailed by condemnation than any other sin or issue. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) Satan counts on us wallowing in our failure and guilt. He will lie and say, “God can’t forgive you, you’ve already failed time and again! How many times do you think He is going to keep forgiving you? The demons came back seven times stronger!”

It’s good to know that Jesus gave us that answer, when Peter asked how many times he should forgive his brother. Jesus’ reply: seventy times seven. That is a Hebrew term for infinitely; or, as many times as they ask. God will not ask of us what He will not do Himself. The greatest defeat to the oppression of condemnation is forgiveness and restoration.

You may fall, but always fall toward the cross! You are not defeated unless you quit!

– Excerpt from War of the Ages, available at Amazon and as a Kindle book.

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