Dealing With Failure

I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want to be a success. I’ve also never met anyone who purposely set to be a failure. Whether we like it or not, failure is a fact of life.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.”

The ability to handle failure in its various forms and degrees is a vital part of the spiritual life and it’s also a sign of maturity.

A careful study of the Bible reveals that most of the great figures of Scripture experienced failure at one time or another, yet those failures did not keep them from accomplishing their God-given purpose. In the midst of their failure, they rose up and kept moving forward.

I want you to understand that these great men of God not only recovered from their failure, but they used it as a tool for growth. If you will let God teach you in the midst of your failure, you will be able to be used even more mightily for God’s Kingdom.

What you call a failure could actually be the thing that leads to your success.

How we view our failure will have a significant effect on our future.

Just look at Peter. Peter failed miserably when he denied Christ 3 times. He could have let that failure cause him to miss out on the biggest adventure of his life. Instead, he repented and began to understand the love that Jesus had for Him and it reopened the door of opportunity to a yet wider sphere of service.

Romans 5:20 Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

A study of Bible characters reveals that most of those who made history were men who failed at some point, and some of them drastically, but who refused to continue lying in the dust.

Their very failure and repentance secured for them a more ample conception of the grace of God. They learned to know Him as the God of the second, third, fourth and fifth chance.

I once heard someone say, “The worth of a man must be measured by his life, not by his failure under a singular and peculiar trial.”

If we are measured by the singularity in regards to failure then Jesus would have never chosen Peter to lead His church.

You will never deal with failure well until you understand the amazing grace of God and the incredible forgiveness you have through Christ.

A mature Christian is one who has grasped the truth that his or her failure is not the end of an effective life with and for the Lord. While we might have to live with some consequences as the result of our failure, the mature believer rests in the grace of God and uses the failure as a backdoor to success through growth and understanding.

Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us!

This statement by Paul is made in the context that considers the reality of the varied onslaughts of life which must include failure.

Let me share a few scriptures with you…

Romans 8:35-39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we encounter death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In view of this, we often speak of the victorious Christian life. But the truth is there is a lot of defeat in the Christian’s life because none of us will always and perfectly appropriate the victory over sin that Christ has accomplished for us by the cross.

The amount of deliverance we each experience is a matter of growth; so on the road to maturity and even after reaching a certain degree of spiritual maturity, Christians will sin and fail.

We don’t like to talk about it or admit it, but there is a lot of failures. Failure is a fact of life for the Christian community, but God’s grace is more than adequate to overcome any situation.

The mature Christian is one who has learned to apply God’s grace as the remedy for failure.

When we fail we should…

1. Acknowledge our failures and refuse to hide behind any lame excuses.

2. Confess your failure to God.

3. Study and examine what happened so you can learn from it.

4. Know that you are accepted in the Lord on the basis of Grace, not performance.

5. Understand that you are human and as a result, you will never be perfect.

6. Know that God still has a plan for your life and that God is not through with you.

7. Put it behind you and move ahead.

At the end of the day, failure teaches us how desperately we need God and His mercy and grace in our lives.

No matter what failure you have dealt with or are currently dealing with, understand that it can become a tool for growth and draw you closer to God.

God is big enough to handle all of your failures! He is a God who loves you and wants to see you succeed in this life.

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