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16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again,
but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Romans 3: 23
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
As Donnie Mcclurkin’s We Fall Down says, we fall down but we get up, for a saint is just a sinner who fell down and got up. When we begin to rise and attempt getting back on our feet, the circumstances that knocked us down often linger to distract us. Disoriented and distracted, we begin moving in a different direction. Soon, overwhelmed by difficulty or irritated by stagnation we slowly begin to break down again. Unsure of why this cycle repeats itself in our lives, despite how one circumstance or another is successfully handled, we continue on our ever-changing path.Feeling connected and secure with our relationship with God, living and doing things according to our understanding of the Word, we question what exactly we are doing that is keeping us stuck between a rock and a hard place.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes, the circumstance surrounding our fall is so great, so painful, so challenging that as we get back up to continue our journey, our focus is taken from God and given to the world. I am guilty of being distracted by surrounding circumstance and losing sight of what is important, as we all are at some point. With the recent devastation to Alabama with the April 27th tornadoes and Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana with the Great Flood of 2011, many people are focused on what they have lost. While my heart pours out in sympathy, especially to those who lost loved ones, I must caution that focusing on the loss, rather than focusing on God’s blessings of life and a future is a recipe for more pain and suffering. True joy does not come from what you hold in your hand but what you hold in your heart. Being distracted by material items distances you from your true focus, God.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Don’t beat yourself up for losing focus from God, we all get distracted. Sometimes our distractions don’t come in circumstance form, they come in human form. The words of others are great motivators, both positive and negative. While you cannot control who you surround yourself with at all times, you must find a way, time, place, outlet, person, group, church, blog, or venue to provide you with spiritual encouragement and growth. The key is seeking help getting (back) focused on what is most important, God. A common problem is where are these people? Our generation(as well as many others before and after us) have been swindled and corrupted by instant gratification and materialism/commercialism! My advice, don’t settle with whatever you find, visit different churches, try different groups, read (my) blogs, and if all else fails…start your own(if I did, anyone can)!
And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
Now that we can see and admit that we get distracted, what can we do to make sure it doesn’t happen again? Well, first never lose sight of what is most important. As a mother, it is difficult to not want to put my son first. Yet, I have learned that by putting God first, I am allowing Him to fill my life. By allowing God the driver’s seat, ALL components of my life are blessed, including my son(which was His blessing in the first place). It is a task much easier said than done, but that is pretty much the standard in all things good. Effort and work, determination and drive, support and relationships, faith and action are all components in getting our focus (back) on God. While I don’t have all the answers, I hope I asked some intriguing questions, provided some insight and lifted you up along the way. Hopefully, next time you find yourself between a rock and a hard place, you will turn your focus to God, making Him your rock rendering the hard place irrelevant, therefore you’ll never be stuck again.
Don’t forget to look below for some more Bible Quotes on this topic(there are alot, many of which saw me through the toughest parts of my life and hopefully will help someone else). Also, pick a verse and read the chapter for more in-depth understanding. Who wrote it? When? Why? Wisdom comes from understanding, understanding comes from knowledge, knowledge comes from reading and researching the Word and the Word comes from God.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9 ; 16-18
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self  is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
2 Peter 3:14-18
14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.