When was the last time you failed at something?
Was it something small, or something big?
Was it fun?
Of course not. Failure is never fun, but having a proper understanding of failure is vital to your success.
We’re all going to make mistakes. Most of us come into God’s Kingdom and we don’t know how to live life, so we fail. And the enemy loves to pervert our failures. He wants us to hesitate and start blaming God. He tries to rehearse our failures or paint a picture of the risks. He tells us that they’re permanent and we believe him. We stop. We don’t move forward because we start to question God and we’re afraid we’ll fail again.
We’ve all had those moments when we begin to follow Christ and something happens that doesn’t match the picture, or the promise, in the Bible. If we don’t understand how to deal with failure, those moments may make us lose our courage. We might hesitate, set up camp and never try again, or just run back to our comfort zone.
See, people say that they wish Jesus would just show up. Trust me, you DON’T want that.
Jesus isn’t going to show up and say, “Let’s have a group hug.”
When the disciples freaked out that they were going to drown in the storm at sea, Jesus didn’t get up and comfort them. He said, “Where is your faith?” He’s going to say, “GET UP! Have you not read MY WORD? I already paid the price!”
He WILL correct you.
If we go to God first and seek His direction, failure doesn’t have to happen. But, if we do fail, there are steps we can take to overcome the failure and move forward:
- Ask God what happened. If the Word says it, it’s God’s will. There are a lot of variables—things like unbelief and wrong expectations—that mess with the heart and can short circuit faith. If it didn’t happen, you need to ask God why.
- Pinpoint the short circuit. Know who, what, why, when, where and how so it doesn’t happen again.
- Ask God how to fix it.
- Get the plan on how to restore the loss.
- Stand up and take action.
Sure, you’ll be tempted to be afraid. Ignore your feelings.
You can feel afraid, but don’t act like it.
Remember, if you’re not doing the hardest thing in your life, then you’re not growing.
God has already prepared a way for you to go and succeed in a big way. Be confident to let the Holy Spirit teach you, train you, and reveal unique strategies to you. Keep your vision in front of your face. Write it down! Believe it’s possible; otherwise you’re destined to stay right where you are.
God wants to advance His Kingdom in the earth through you. He’s depending on you to overcome failure and succeed wildly.
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