One of the missions at Path-Way Worship Ministries is to help people get closer to God. We have had what many would consider success but not without some failures. Thing is, we do not always know the right thing because that is God’s Plan and we do what we can to assist along the way. We do not believe that there are failures but we are saddened when things do not go the way we had hoped they would. Scripture tells us that God will direct us in the way we should go, so when we accept a failure and pray for guidance, God listens.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
What Does Failure Look Like To Us
Failure is that point where we believe nothing is going to go how we perceive is the right conclusion to a problem or situation. It is defined as a lack of success, a deficiency, and the action or state of not functioning. Failure is that final straw of giving up. Man’s biggest failure is giving up hope. If we give up hope and do not know God’s Love we are in trouble. The weak human heart is discouraged without God in the center. Loving God gives us hope for a future even if we have to suffer along the way.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
True Failure is When You Quit And Let it Rule You
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins Hebrews 10:26
For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 2 Peter 2:21
God told Moses to tell the Israelites to keep His Word on their hearts. He reiterated that to Joshua and added that doing this leads to success. Jesus tells us the same but concludes that by not doing so and continuing in our worldly ways will lead to darkness suffering and death.
God’s Word gives us the hope and encouragement we need to accept failure and keep moving forward towards the goal which is eternal life with God.
God’s Word Encourages Us To Get Back Up And Keep Moving
shall say to them, Thus says the Lord: When men fall, do they not rise again?
If one turns away, does he not return? Jeremiah 8:4
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity. Proverbs 24:16
persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed 2 Corinthians 4:9
One of Walt Disney’s favorite sayings that he kept close to his heart was to keep moving forward. That helped make him and the dream a success. There are times when we make mistakes and let the failures rule over us. We cannot let failure rule us because the devil sees that as an opportunity to take us away from God. So we must learn from our mistakes and overcome them.
God’s Word Encourages Us To Accept And Learn From Our Mistakes
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. Psalm 119:71
Because if we do not learn then we are destined to repeat the same mistakes.
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Proverbs 26:11-12
Sometimes God Allows Us To Fail But Is Right There To Set Us Straight
God gave us free will to make choices in our lives. These choices can point us to Him who created us or to the one that will destroy us. If we have God in our hearts He will guide us to the solution.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down Psalm 145:14
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. Psalm 37:23-24
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Our failures are lessons that teach us that God cares for us and will not let us fall. Our faith, trust, and obedience in and to Him ensure our place in His Kingdom. After all, we are His inheritance.
Learn From The Past, Don’t Repeat It
God wants us to forget about our past and press on towards the eternal prize. If we learn from our faults we will not repeat them. Forgetting does not mean to totally ignore it because if we do ignore it we are bound to repeat it.
Brothers,I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
We can move forward from failures and mistakes if we have the Love of God in our hearts. Jesus sent us the Helper or Holy Spirit to dwell within those who believe and have faith in Him as our guide. We can defeat the fear of failure by embracing our mistakes, learning from them and moving forward with the Love and Hope of Jesus guiding us and picking us up where we fear to tread.
Brothers and Sisters, do not let failures and mistakes get you down. Figure out what went wrong, pray on it and let God guide you to the right thing. Take the time to Let Go and Let GOD do what He needs to in your heart to turn you to the correct path. Remember, it probably will not be the path of least resistance but it will lead you to success in the spirit and what God wants you to accomplish. Do not be afraid to fail. God Loves you and is with you always.
Rob, Servant of God