25 Jan 2014

Overcoming Failure

Submitted by Stephen Winters

Many of us have failed at many things in life. Many of us even think that we have failed God, over and over again. However, failure is not the problem.

"There is no failure except in giving up." - Robert D. Hales

"Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." - Henry Ford

"My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure." Abraham Lincoln

Look at an example of an earthly father who looks on as his todler is trying to learn to walk. The young child attempts to stand, and then falls, again and again and again. Is not God more compassionate than any human father? No matter what our age and not matter where we are in life, we are all God's children, whom he loves.

God does not condemn us.

"Therefore, there is now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. .....those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. ... the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Rom 8:1-2,5,6b

However, as long as we focus on and wallow in our failures, we will continue to fail. In fact, in too many cases, our failure becomes our excuse to give up and stop trying.  It's our self-condemnation and self-pity that keeps us in the pit of dispair.Our focus determines our path. Our biggest failure is that we condemn ourselves and thus wallow in our failures. God wants to take us out of our self condemnation and have us walk in the light as he is in the light. We are HIS children, sons of the Most High. He wants us to stand up and walk, not wallow in self pitty.

"let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, FIXING OUR EYES on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith" Rom 12:1b-2

"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children." Rom 8:16

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