Patience

I was told a certain Pastor was preaching to his congregation on stage. He was at the edge of the stage and he fell. It took him a while to wake stand up but he managed at last and went back to his original position and started to preach.
After church people at their homes begencean to speak about how he fell. The focus was on the pastor’s fall and not how he managed to stand and returned to his original position.
What we need to learn is that when a man of God falls doesn’t mean he is evil. It might be the man was not trained or thrown into the wilderness for God to train him or test him. Everyone who is saved and called by God must go into the wilderness to be tested by God. Some jump into ministry while not yet fit and they fall while in there and manage to come back as true soldiers.
Deuteronomy 8:2 “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not”
That’s what God does and that is to train His troops for war. God doesn’t take an in experienced person and put Him there. If He does it is for a good reason. Even Christ had to go to the wilderness for 40 days to be tested by the devil before He took over the Gospel to the world. The children of Israel were in the wilderness for 40 years.
You need God to test you, to search your heart, to train you so that you don’t perish.
Psalm 139:23-25 “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting”
That’s what God does. He trains His troops for war.
Judges 3:1-2 “Now these are the nations which the LORD left, that He might test Israel by them, that is, all who had not known any of the wars in Canaan 2 (this was only so that the generations of the children of Israel might be taught to know war, at least those who had not formerly known it)
Lastly we don’t focus on how a man of God fell. How King David, King Solomon, Abraham, Job and the children of Israel fell. We focus on how they managed to rise from falling and we learn from that.
We have to learn from people or men of God who have seen it all to learn from them. We need teachers with experience. We need teachers who are transparent. Teachers who can come back and say “I was wrong”. Not those who act like they have been like angels from birth. Not those who know everything. Who don’t sin at all.
When we fall we don’t run away. We stand up and face the challenge. We are trained for God and not for people. For the Gospel sake we suffer to bring the unrighteous back to Him. Amen.
James 1:2-3 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience”

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