“Can You Fall So Far That You Can’t Get Up?”

 

A tourist was wondering how deep the ocean was beneath him as he stood on a pier in Galveston, so he walked over a man fishing off the edge and asked him: “If I fall into the water would I drown?”   The old man replied, “Nah. Falling into the water won’t drown you…it’s staying UNDER the water that drowns you.”

Our sermon this morning is “Can You Fall So Far that You Can’t Get Up?”  Or in other words: “Can you mess up your life so badly that you can’t undo it?”  Well, the Bible says, “Yes, you can” and the Bible says, “No, you can’t”.   Confused yet?   You see, the Bible teaches that you can drown in your sin.  But it isn’t the falling into sin that will drown you… it’s the staying under the influence of sin…that will do it!   Let’s stand and read from God’s Word:

“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”  (2 Corinthians 7:10)

(William Green Story-Part I)  

A lot of folks today are going to go to hell…simply because they refuse to accept the truth. They don’t want God telling them what to do. This Bible is God’s written truth.  If I disagree with God’s Word, then I have rejected the truth and I have embraced a lie.

If you really want the truth, then God’s Word will give it to you.  But refuse it…and God will let you live a lie. Judas Iscariot was such a man.   A man living a lie. A man who was not only a thief and a liar but the one who betrayed Jesus Christ.   

Judas was a bad man…and he was going to hell.   He’s the perfect example of someone who fell into sin and it drown him.   But would it surprise you if I said that Judas was a very ‘religious’ man.   

He was “in church” all the time.   He heard every one of Jesus’ sermons and saw every miracle Jesus did.  In fact, Judas even preached and did miracles himself. But even though Judas was religious and loved being in church…he didn’t love Jesus…so he betrayed Him.   

And Jesus says: “… whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33)   So, if Jesus is the only way into heaven…then it would seem that if He denies you…because you betrayed Him…then your betrayal…will send you to hell.

Well, that was true for Judas…but what about Peter.   He betrayed Jesus…3 times…Judas only once. Mark’s Gospel says that Peter began to curse and swear as he denied knowing Jesus the 3rd time.   But once the rooster crowed and he realized what he’d done…and it crushed him.   But Judas was also crushed. The Bible says that Judas changed his mind, returned the money and hanged himself.

But Peter got forgiveness and Judas did not.   Peter had fallen as far as Judas…so how could he be forgiven?   Well, we read the answer in v 10: “…godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”   

Judas showed sorrow or grief… but it was a worldly kind of grief.   He was sorry for what he did, but he didn’t want to change who he was…so his sorrow…led to his death.   

But Peter showed godly sorrow.   The Bible says, “When he thought about it, he wept.” (Mark 14:72)   Peter didn’t like what he’d done, and he wanted to change who he was…so he repented and ask for forgiveness.   And Peter’s repentance led to his salvation.

But because we live in a world filled with temptations, every Christian will mess up again and again.   And when that happens, the Bible says, “If we CONFESS our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:7)

Let me put it this way, when it rains, our windshield wipers don’t make one swipe and stop, they keep swiping back and forth.  Every time you confess your sins, God’s forgiveness sweeps away the guilt and the shame. God’s mercy is never ending and as long as you surrender and humbly confess your sins…God promises to forgive you.

Beloved, it’s not falling into sin that drowns you…it’s staying IN sin and under its influence that drowns you.  It’s believing Satan’s lie…that God can’t love a bad person like you…or that He won’t forgive you…when you mess up.

(William Green Story – Part II)

Repentance:

  • is a military term.
  • Means to turn 180 degrees.
  • Worldly repentance will only turn 179 degrees.   
  • Satan temptations will turn your head.  Bible says, “For we walk by faith not by sight.”
  • Godly repentance is 180 degrees.

God loves you…even when you mess up!   And He will free you…from ‘that’ sin that has power over you.  He loves you too much to let you drown in the sea of sin.   We’re never so far down that God can’t save us. You’re never so far away that God can’t reach you and lift you up out of sin.   But first…you need to belong to Him.

Are you a part of God’s family?

Begin your journey to peace. The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Would you like to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? It begins with a simple prayer:

“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

Did you pray this prayer?