Have you ever thought your life is over,just because things haven't gone as you planned them to.
Do you question were you went wrong?
Or think about how many mistakes you may of made, and will you ever be able to make things right and get back up and start again ?
I want to share this morning 1 of the 4 most powerful F words, that can change the very core of who you are if you allow them to
Yes I can already here some of you already saying "Failure are you serious" ?
Yes I am !
Failure has the capacity to transform your life and strengthen your soul.
So many people are afraid of it ,even just saying the word brings cringes to many faces.
Many believe that if your close to God. then that word doesn't even exist in the vocabulary ...
May I suggest your reading the wrong book.
The bible is filled with many amazing, powerful men and women of God who have experienced failure at some point.
When we fear failure it hinders us from stepping out
It frightens us to what others may think
And it can cause many to live in denial.
For some Failure, and just hearing the word can bring back memories of pain and shame ,
Yet the truth is Failure has the capacity to make us dig so deep that we get back on our feet and walk stronger and taller than before.
When my marrige stated to crumble a few years after my hubby's accident we had lost everything and we both felt like failures.
Dreams we had that we were seeing multiply and be laden with fruit, had all gone.
Our business, our homes lost.
We had moved 12 times in 4 years in to motels, hotels, holiday ins, with 3 children and suitcases.
We had to give away our long term family pets,which caused a lot of sadness, grief ,anger and much pain.
and while all this was going on we were still trying to keep the remnent of the church God had told us to plant together,
A church family that once flourished in the community especially with the drug addicts and prostitutes.
Sadly we we were fighting a losing battle.
and decided to close that chapter of our lives.
My husband had an aquired brain injury from his accident and was having copious operations,so no longer able to lead.
and I was trying to keep everything together, like it had always been.
Until eventually all desire was gone.
I found I had lost my Joy, and so my strength to keep going failed.
Failure screamed at me every day, till i got sick and depressed and filled with shame and truly bewildered at how something like this could happen to my precious family,that now our all fractured and broken and separated (but praise God he is doing a mighy work of healing,his way HIS time)
Then one day as i was praying, well more like having a tanty, pity party with God on the beach.
HE showed me so clearly that things may of failed, but that did not make or any of my family a failure.
Failure is more than a word,that is often connected to shame and embarrassment.
Failure can be the very springboard to something amazing if we lay down our fears and what others think, and truly surrender all that we are and have to our God
dont get me wrong thee was a few times i had felt he had up and left me yet i clung to HIS promise that he would never leave or forsake me
Some of the worlds most famous people and achievement's in the world came about because of Failure ....
my goodness we only have to start at the begining in the Garden of Eden and work our way thru the Psalms with King David and so many others
here is a look at what the merrim webster dictionary says about failure
1. The condition or fact of not achieving the desired end or ends: the failure of an experiment.
2. One that fails: a failure at one's
3. The condition or fact of being insufficient or falling short: a crop failure.
4. A cessation of proper functioning or performance: a power failure.
5. Nonperformance of what is requested or expected; omission: failure to report a change of address.
6. The act or fact of failing to pass a course, test, or assignment.
7. A decline in strength or effectiveness.
8. The act or fact of becoming bankrupt or insolvent
sounds depressing when we read it like this
BUT HOW ABOUT READING IT LIKE THIS
Failure has the potential to strengthen our heats and soul and birth within us a warrior spirit .
a spirit that shouts to us each day GET UP AND TRY AGAIN xx