Everyone experiences failure. We all have setbacks, failures, defeats and losses. Nobody is perfect; everyone makes mistakes. But sometimes a defeat can overwhelm you. Have you ever felt that the desires of your life have been broken or lost? Life can be tough and can leave you feel beaten down and kicked around. However, you’re never a failure until you give up. This week’s message was about causes of failure and what God’s Word says about how to start over.
And if you think you’ve made mistakes, here are some failures that may make you laugh.
EPIC FAIL: HOW TO FACE LIFE’S HARDEST FAILURES
Message by Todd Lester – March 6, 2016
Job 17:11 My days are over. My hopes have disappeared. My heart’s desires are broken.
WE FAIL WHEN WE …
1. DON’T PLAN AHEAD
Proverbs 27:12 A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.
James 4:15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
2. THINK WE’VE ARRIVED
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Proverbs 15:22 Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.
3. ARE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS
Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
4. GIVE UP TOO SOON
Proverbs 15:19 A lazy person’s way is blocked with briers, but the path of the upright is an open highway.
5. DON’T LISTEN TO GOD
Proverbs 14:12 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.
WE SUCCEED WHEN WE…
1. ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR OWN FAILURE
Proverbs 28:13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
2. STOP REGRETTING AND START REPENTING
2 Corinthians 7:10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
3. FORGET THE FORMER AND FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
Philippians 3:13-14 Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
Matthew 26:75 Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.
Matthew 27:3-5 When Judas, who had betrayed him, realized that Jesus had been condemned to die, he was filled with remorse. So he took the thirty pieces of silver back to the leading priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he declared, “for I have betrayed an innocent man.” “What do we care?” they retorted. “That’s your problem.” Then Judas threw the silver coins down in the Temple and went out and hanged himself.
4. TRUST GOD TO WORK IT ALL OUT
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
For Sermon discussion resources click here: Mar 13 Sermon Resources