Fear Less

Your Failures and God’s Grace 

June 20/21, 2020

 

It all starts with a mess-up.

A mess-up which usually leads to a blow-up.

A mess-up leads to a blow-up which turns into a cover-up.

The mess-up leads to a blow-up which turns into a cover-up which strangely causes people
to speed up.

Direction, not intention, determines destination.

It starts with a mess-up, which leads to a blow-up that turns into a cover-up which causes
people to speed up until finally they give up.

“The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response
to failure.”—John Maxwell

1. Remember everybody fails.

We all stumble in many ways. (James 3:2)

There is no one on earth who does what is right all of the time and never makes a mistake. (Ecclesiastes 7:20 GN)

2. Realize failure is not fatal.

Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again. (Proverbs 24:16)

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

Failure is not failing to reach your goal. Failure is not setting a goal.
Failure is not failing to fulfill your dreams. Failure is not having a dream.

Failure is not falling down. Failure is refusing to get back up again. Failure is refusing to
try at all.

3) Recognize the benefits of failure.

  • The more you do, the more you fail.
  • The more you fail, the more you learn.
  • The more you learn, the better you get.

– Failure creates resilience.

-Failure develops maturity.

We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance,
perseverance character and character hope.
(Romans 5:3-4)

-Failure provides greater opportunities. 

-Failure prompts innovation.

-Failure can bring unexpected breakthroughs. 

-Failure motivates.

Sometimes it takes a painful situation to make us change our ways. (Proverbs 20:30 GN)

4. Relax in God’s grace.

God knows what we are made of, he remembers that we are dust. (Psalm 103:14 GN)

God cancelled our debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow. He took away that record
with its rules and nailed it to a cross.
(Colossians 2:14 NCV)

Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:8)

See that no one fails to receive God’s grace. (Hebrews 12:15 NCV)