A Close Look at Failure

Failure can hurt us or help us! The devil can use it against us or God can use it for good. How we react to failure determines which way it impacts us. Christians will have failures. That is a given! Read Romans 7 carefully. Paul had failures. Did they discourage him? Short term. yes! Long term, no! He went on to write “…. we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. (From Romans 8:37). How can that be? First, he didn’t excuse his failures. He didn’t succumb to the “I can’t do it” or “I can’t help it” attitudes. Secondly, he looked to God and what He has done for us and for help to overcome. What happened? He remembered: “(There is) therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1a). And, he recalled the means of overcoming failure: We are to “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1b). How does that work? We let the Holy Spirit guide us into the Word (John 16:13), ground us in the Word and govern us by the Word. Perhaps you reason: “but, I keep failing.” We start out in the Christian life as spiritual infants. We have to learn to walk. We will stumble, take some bad falls, take some faltering steps, but we keep trying until we can walk steadily! Even then, we trip; we may injure ourselves. However, we don’t stay on the ground! We work our way up or someone helps us. We move forward. If we, who truly know Jesus as Savior and Lord, get turned around, the Holy Spirit alerts us and points us in the right direction. “Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, trying to follow our Savior and King; shaping our lives by His blessed example, happy, how happy, the songs that we bring. Pressing more closely to Him who is leading, when we are tempted to turn from the way; trusting the arm that is strong to defend us, happy, how happy, our praises each day. Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, upward, still upward, we’ll follow our Guide; when we shall see Him, “the King in His beauty,” happy, how happy, our place at His side. How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, stepping in the light, stepping in the light; how beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, led in paths of light.” (From, “Stepping in the Light,”-by Eliza E. Hewitt). Selah! Even with failures, get up or let someone help you, move on and up and let Him plant your feet on higher ground!   Ron

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