We often look back upon our life when we are in a slump, and review our past failures instead of our triumphs. Instead of rejoicing that we now have, our feet planted on solid ground. Yes, even if we are fully serving the Lord, there are times of discouragement. If we dwell too long on the times of not being our best self, or our failure to read the Word of God, or pray more, it will sabotage our future.
All we have to do is wake up and do what Jesus has outlined for us. It will take away our joy in Jesus if we continue to think on the negative. That is how Satan bombards our thinking. What to remember is that feeling we have let something come between us and the Lord is part of learning, becoming better, stronger, and at best, what not to do again.
If we remember the scriptures, we know that God repented that He made man. What does that tell one about the nature of humans? However, there is also redemption for man, therefore our sins and failures can be corrected if we choose.
If you are on your spiritual journey, and you feel you have failed, remember this wonderful scripture:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
A David Psalm - “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 2) He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3) And, hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.” Psalms 40: 1-3
There is a song that has these words:
I do not believe that any person, including those who are endeavoring to serve the Lord can truly enjoy accomplishments or success if they have never experienced defeat. When Lucifer attacks us or tries to trick us or entice us, this is where we have to find the strength to know that it is just that; a trick of the enemy. In fact, it seems that when we fail ourselves, we are less judgmental, critical, and self-absorbed, and try to understand others better. We learn not to even say to ourselves, “I would not do what she or he just did.” Most of us learn after a few blunders that we have to work on our natural self and the failure to do so was a mandatory lesson.We never know what we would do in any given situation, under the same circumstance, or timeframe. We just do not know and the lesson is; when a person become cast down, heart broken, and feel their existence is threatened, no one can know unless they are living the experience. Yes, the Holy Spirit is within, and the Bible gives us direction; however, we sometimes make the wrong choice.
Often failure to be a stronger Christian is not always something we did incorrectly. It is just that we have not learned, studied the Word, and know the best way to be, and to do something, or accomplish our anticipated results. This is why we have self-improvement, life coaching, (yes, there are Christian Life Coaches) and other self-help material along with the Bible. Humans get into the habit of doing things their way, and it may not be God’s way.
This is related to change. When we fail, it is usually essential that we change. Change our actions, change our thoughts, change our mannerisms, and change how we relate to the concepts that helped us fail.
Another thing we must always remember about those failures that could have been prevented; we are responsible for our own actions. Failure is not the sin. The sin is trying to blame these kinds of failures on someone other than oneself. This is very much, the human side of our life.
This is what I have learned when trying to live a better Christian life, and analyze my failures, mistakes, and lessons on life:
- Pray more! Seek the Lord; He will meet you somewhere in between. You can’t undo the past; therefore forgiving yourself will help you carry on.
- Very often in life, people will do something that is entirely against everything they believe in.
- There does come a time when you just might not have as many chances to correct your actions, if you keep making the same mistakes. God does not always strive with man.
- You are not too bad person that God can’t redeem you, He loves every creature walking the face of this beautiful earth, and is merciful.
- It is resourceful to learn and grow from your mistakes and failures.
One last thought; it is never too late to put your hand in the hand of the “One,” who calms the sea. "HE IS THERE ALL THE TIME."