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was it me? This was the last straw and I started to feel my own mental composure beginning to break down. I went up to the roof as it was the only place where I could get alone to pray and I cried out to God in desperation, “It feels as if my feet are slipping from underneath me and I need your help to avoid losing my balance”. I opened my Bible at random and the first verses that I saw were Psalm 94: 17-19; “Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said “My foot is slipping”, your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.” I immediately knew that I was going to be OK and that no matter how bad things became, God would get me through it. Jude 24 “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” also tells us that God is the one who keeps us from falling in the Christian life. His light still shines in the darkest time and He can reach down to lift us out of the deepest pit. John 10:27-29 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no-one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” The Christian life is not ultimately dependent on us holding onto God as our grip can easily weaken and slip away but on God holding onto us! Here Jesus says that there is a double grip on us; both Jesus himself and the Father are holding onto us and since God is almighty, nothing can break that grip. The picture is not of someone desperately holding onto the outside of a speeding motor rickshaw with hot and sweaty 109

Built on the Rock  

- Can we be lost again? - What makes prayer work? - How can we overcome temptation? - How can we know God's guidance?

Built on the Rock  

- Can we be lost again? - What makes prayer work? - How can we overcome temptation? - How can we know God's guidance?

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