Summary: This sermon is to let christians know that when they fall down, they can get back up.
This sermon deals letting christians know that once they have faller, they can get back up. Donnie McClurkin lets us know in more than one way, "We Fall Down, but we get back up.
The significance in getting back up is that fact that the believer realizes that God is standing right there saying, "Here I Am." I love what James 1:2 says, "Count it all joy when you fall into various temptations or trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." I am glad to know that when I fall, God is right there besides me reaching for my hand.
Define fall, it means to: descend, to bring. The Hebrew word is: yaw-tsaw, which means to bring forth. I like those definitions. When I fall, God is bringing me forth and out of the bondage that has held me bound into the places of my prosperity and liberty.
It is imperative as Christians to know, don’t let nobody persuade you, because God is much closer that you realize. People will have you to think that you can’t make it and they will have you to think that God is remote from you because you have fallen. It saddens me that christians will rather go to the telephone and call there prayer partner than to call you.
Galatians 6:1 says: "Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted." The writer Paul lets me know to go to my brother and not to my prayer partner and the whole prayer service is about Sis. June and how she felled.
Today, I would like to deal tell a story. In telling this story, I need a narrator and some characters. Jesus is the narrator and my characters are: David, Bathsheba, and Uriah.
Uriah the Hittite was one of David’s mighty men. The name Uriah means "Flame of the Lord" or "The Lord Is Light." The fact that he is called a Hittite suggests that he may have been a foreign mercenary who had become a worshipper of Israel’s God. Immediately, a constrast is set before the reader. On the one had there was David, the Lord’s anointed, the regent of God on earth. On the other hand there was Uriah, a convert-a man who was not born in the faith of Israel, but who willingly chose it for his own.
David used his authority as king to take advantage of Uriah’s wife Bathsheba while Uriah was fighting a war for Israel. As a result of David’s sin, Bathsheba became pregnant. David attempted to cover things up by calling Uriah home from battle. If Uriah had relations with is wife while on leave, he might believe the child was his.
Here I need to interject a thought to the husbands and wives. Husbands, when you don’t take care of business at the house with the wife, look for someone else to do it. Don’t be in the pastor’s study worrying the pastor because while you were trying to work twenty jobs and three on the weekends, you should have been taking business at the house. It is shameful and disgraceful to see wives go through what they go through because either the man is so tied up in church, work, or himself. The three will cause wives to leave you by yourself lonely self. God didn’t call nobody to be no fool. I love church and I love church, but when it’s time to go home, even though, I am not married, I go home. Wives, I have not left you out. You stay in the beautician face more than your husbands. Every week you’re getting your hair done, or should I say, every two days. Then you wander why Johnny don’t want to spend no time at home.
In understanding the text, we also find that Uriah, the ever-dedicated soldier, refused to enjoy the comforts of his home while his comrades were on the battlefield. In this, he showed himself to be more righteous than David. Uriah’s words in 11:11 must have stung David’s conscience. He had neglected his duty. Moreover, he had stolen the wife of one of his best soldiers while his warriors risked their lives for him. Yet David presisted in covering up his sin; he attempted to break Uriah’s resolve by giving him too much to drink. But even the effects of alcohol did not soften Uriah’s determination. Once again, he refused to enjoy the comforts offered him.
In this history, we find that not only did David fall, but Uriah fell also. Uriah was not a good husband to his wife. His desire was to please the army and fight battles.
We as the church and christians are fighting a battle. We are so much into ourselves and pleasing others that we have forgotten about what God would have us to do. I am here to let you know today that I have fallen short of God’s grace. I understood that in order for God to get the glory out of my life that I had to get back up. God is not looking for no punk christians who are scared and frightful because somebody said that you can’t make it.