Failure is a part of life. However, failure is an event, not a person. Failing does not make you a failure. The enemy uses failure to try to convince God’s children they are defeated. God on the other hand sees and uses failure as an opportunity to begin again. It is an opportunity for a fresh start. In Jeremiah 18:4, the clay was marred in the potter’s hand so he started over and continued to mold the clay. When you are in the hand of God, you are in the hand of success. Something has to go wrong in order for restoration from failure to take place. God always finishes what He starts. He is in the process of restoring you.
To fail means to cease, fall, reduce to inactivity, leave undone. It is when you stop trying. There is life and favor after failure. The things you have repeatedly failed at is where God is going to restore you. Go back and try again. Sometimes you have to rethink and rework the plan. Be prayerful in doing so. Failure is an opportunity to begin again, but this time more intelligently. Don’t use failure as an excuse to remain stuck, stay angry or blame others. Instead, admit there is a problem and acknowledge your responsibility in the situation. You cannot be delivered from what you continue to deny. God uses failure as a catalyst to propel you into purpose.
Psalm 145:14 says, “The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.” This verse is God’s promise of restoration after failure. God’s promises never fail. He is perfecting the things concerning you. As such, there is a purpose for every failure you have experienced. Failure is meant to be instructive. Progress demands that you learn from your mistakes. You cannot keep making the same choices and expect different results. To do so is insanity. When you make a mistake, ask God, “what am I supposed to learn from all this?” Look back in retrospect and examine where you went wrong as you continue pressing forward. Success can be born out of failure when you learn from your mistakes.
There have been times in my life when I suffered what seemed like catastrophic faith failures. I am always amazed at how God orchestrates circumstances that give me faith lifts just when I need it the most. God is the only one who can take your worst failures, turn them around and make them work out for your good and His glory.
Act on the promises of God and persevere through the process. God has not given up on you. Do not dare give up on yourself! This is the season when God is going to restore you from your failures. And others are going to benefit from your recovery. You were created to be successful. Success requires perseverance and endurance.
Now is the time to stop being haunted by your failures. God is not thrown off by your mistakes. He has a purpose and plan for your life that cannot fail. Just as God made provision to restore man after the fall in the Garden of Eden, He has a plan to restore you. In your eyes failure looks irrevocable. The good news is that God is not confined or restricted by your failures. To God, failure is merely unfinished business.
Until next time…Be Blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations
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