Tired of feeling like a failure? There’s hope for overcoming!
Whether you’re dealing with failure as a mom, as a wife, as a Christian, or just in life in general, find motivation and inspiration in the truths of Scripture. The Bible says that failing gives you the opportunity to experience victory in Jesus!
Scroll down to read my deeply personal & transparent story of failure—and learn the secret from the Word of God to success & victory!
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I. Have. FAILED.
I won’t go into details.
But I will tell you, I am totally disgusted with myself—and disappointed.
I started out this year with the goal of obedience.
I’m shooting myself in the foot by refusing to obey my Lord as He desires. I am way too busy doing what I think I ought to be doing instead. Good things, you know. Service & outreach & even Bible study.
But as a friend of mine loves to say, “You can study the Bible in the flesh.” You can serve & evangelize in the flesh, too!
It’s just not enough to go through the motions!!
You HAVE to be broken to the Lord’s will—rather than yours!
And that’s why I started out this year with the word “obedience.” It was my one overarching goal for the year.
Why? Because I am recognizing that, like the Israelites, my “stiff neck” (my pride & my self-sufficiency & my self-serving attitude) is preventing me from knowing the Lord. And it’s preventing me from being as effective in His work.
And so I started out this year determined that NOTHING would keep me from submitting myself to HIS will. To do, not what is right in my own eyes, but to do what HE wants me to do. To grow as HE wants me to grow. To serve as HE wants me to serve. To crucify my proud, self-seeking, sinful self in brokenness & humility. To instead pursue Christ, and Him alone.
That was my goal. That IS my goal. And I believe I was beginning to see fruit from that goal.
But pride goes before a fall.
And I definitely fell.
“I’m a failure.”
For a while, I wallowed in the doldrums & frustration.
Why do others seem to have their lives together so much better? Why do others struggle so much less than I do? Why was I not raised to handle myself better?
And I was tempted to just lie down & give up.
Why should someone as awful as myself be involved in serving the Lord, anyway? I am just a weak link. I bring dishonor to Him. And I surely am far too awful & sinful to be effective in any capacity. I should just quit. I should let someone who is more holy do this.
But you know what? The same friend I quoted earlier has another saying. She says, “Efficiency is not a fruit of the Spirit.”
God isn’t necessarily interested in how efficiently He can get the job done. He’s also interested in the hearts of those who are doing it.
God is concerned with MY heart.
The Bible says that any child He loves—and that would be me—He also chastens (Hebrews 12:6).
Umm… that would be me??
He promises He will not break the “bruised reed” (Matthew 12:20).
He promises He will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13).
I have brought Him no glory by my disgusting, sinful failure… but He CAN bring good out of it. He works all things together for good to them that love Him (Romans 8:28).
And greater is the One who is me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). That means that He not only wants to bring about good as a result of this awful failure, but He is also powerful enough to do it!
I must not get bogged down in the despair of Romans 7. I have to look ahead to the victory in Romans 8.
How to move forward after spiritual failure
If I continue to wallow in this failure, it is a loss.
If I get over this failure but move forward without learning a thing—and then repeat the exact same failure—it is a loss.
But if I recognize that my gracious, loving God has allowed me to stumble & fail so I’ll realize my need for His work in my life…
And if I identify & confess the sinful nature at work in my life, and crucify it…
And if I submit this weakness & failure to Him to overcome by His Spirit…
If this failure becomes a point of brokenness & surrender followed by obedience, then it is a VICTORY!
In all these things I am MORE than a conquerer through Him who loves me (Rom. 8:37)!!
In Christ Jesus, there can be VICTORY after failure
So what’s my point?
My point is that if you, too, have failed…
If you, too, are frustrated with your sinful self…
If you, too, are tempted to wallow in your despair…
My friend, you, too, can experience God’s triumphant victory in your life.
He doesn’t allow you to come to these lows in order to crush you. His will, in these moments of utter failure, is for you to turn to Him.
Turn to God for victory after failure
Look to HIM, my friend!
He can and He WILL bring triumph out of this situation—IF you use it as a turning point.
If, in this failure, you recognize your NEED for the Lord—and if you turn to HIM for the power to rise up & change, then He can bring about victory.
My friend, use your failure as a catalyst to send you running to Him.
He loves you. He wants you.
And He’s waiting for you.
Go now. ❤️️
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