There is no failure

There are no moments of failure in our lives. There are only successes and life lessons to grow in maturity in Christ.

Ephesians 5:15 Therefore [j]be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 [k]making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Whenever I reflect on my past I see moments of so-called failure, yet they have not been failures as they teach me valuable lessons about who God is or the stubbornness of my own heart.

Do I choose to go it alone and try to figure things out, or do I see what God’s purpose is for me in the difficult times and the trials? That is the question I want to ask myself every moment of everyday, so I won’t be unfruitful in what I do.

Philippeans 3:12 Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on [h]so that I may lay hold of that [i]for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

15 Let us therefore, as many as are [j]perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep [k]living by that same standard to which we have attained. 17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.

The lessons I carry with me, yet not the failures, as the failures are forgotten and laid to rest. As many sins and failures that are forgotten by the great mercy of the Father, we are called higher and higher we will go.

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the [a]elementary teaching about the [b]Christ, let us press on to [c]maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, if God permits.

I have gotten the sense that the foundation has been laid for this blog, and it is in the transition toward greater maturity in Christ. Let’s walk that road together.

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2 Responses to There is no failure

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  2. Looking Glass says:

    I like to tell the story about one of my first real insights in life. My family took meals to the aged within our Church when I was between 2-5. I realized somewhere around age 4 that having “regrets” was a terrible way to live. Simply don’t regret your choices.

    It wasn’t until I was much older that I understood how deep that insight was into Human Nature. It points to a reality that nearly all humans hate to accept: you are utterly responsible for your actions. So why regret decisions you make? They are your own, take responsibility for them. But to be responsible for your own life is part of the foundation of our Salvation in Christ. We are responsible for our Sin and the Wages they bring us. It is why we need a Savior, but it permeates throughout the Christian Walk.

    Now, I can’t quite go as far as to say there is no “failure”. Or I have no other words to describe the many actions we all take in life. But what should always separate is the Christian from the Lost is how we respond to our failures. Do we go back to the Father, pick ourselves up and press down the narrow path? Or do we wallow in our self-created misery? How we chose to respond will dictate most everything that comes after.

    But with introspection within the Spirit, our failures can be converted into a great bounty for our Walk, though the physical consequences of those failures are likely to remain. Granted, as we walk with the Lord, the failures should be less and less. This is the blessing of the Voice, if we’re willing to listen to it.

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