Now all glory to God, Who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault.
Jude 1:24 NLT
I really don’t like having a falling dream. It’s been awhile . . . but the resulting anxiety and fear is vivid. Studies tells us that every person has at least five falling dreams in their lifetime. Dream analyzers write, “When we fall in our dreams it really means we have lost control with some sort of situation in your life. Falling in your dream is a way your unconscious communicates with your conscious to let you know that something needs to be fixed right away.”
Left to our own strength and strategies, we would all be susceptible to slipping. In many situations, we have already lost control. There are so many areas that need to be fixed, that we give into failure. Trying to stand our own two feet in a “slimy pit, in the mud and mire” (Ps 40:2) is an unlikely, if not impossible task.
Jude reminds us that Jesus “can keep you on your feet, standing tall in His bright presence, fresh and celebrating”. (Jude 1:24 MSG). It begins with surrendering to His strength, strategies and sovereign control.
He Will Keep You From Falling. God’s promise to keep us from falling proposes that we have a propensity to fall. We need God. Our self-dependence often leads to our self-destruction. Jesus is the only one who can give us new power, new perspective and new potential. David reminds us, “He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” (Psalms 40:2 NLT). He wants to and will keep us from falling.
He Will Bring You Joyfully Into His Presence. We’ve gone to a lot of weddings, lately. Everyone has their “favorite” part of the ceremony. Personally, mine is when the couple is presented for the first time as husband and wife. At that moment, vows and rings have been exchanged, the groom has kissed the bride, the ceremony is almost completed and the pressure is gone . . . and, with great excitement and joy, a new “Mr. and Mrs.” are presented. Christ does the same with us. He presents as His new bride . . . with immeasurable joy, He announces that we are His . . . accepted, approved and adored. Isaiah writes, “Just as a young man commits himself to his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.” (Is 62:5 NLT)
He Remembers No Fault. God doesn’t keep a legal pad of all our sins. He has erased every single one of them and washed them clean with the cleansing blood of Jesus. Our mistakes have been covered in mercy. Our gross sins have been showered with grace. Our fears and failures have been traded for faith. David reminds us, “As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us.” (Ps 103:12 ESV). When God looks at you, He doesn’t say, “not again” . . . He says, “never again”. Because of Jesus, we are faultless and free.
Feel like you’re slipping . . . sinking . . . stumbling? Our God will keep you from falling with His mighty hand. He confidently and joyfully welcomes you into His comforting arms. And, no matter what you’ve done . . . how much you have failed . . . or how disappointing you may have been . . . there is no fault in Him or with Him. This can be your defining moment.
Jesus “can keep you on your feet, standing tall in His bright presence, fresh and celebrating”. (Jude 1:24 MSG).