When Failure Strikes

The concordance in the back of my Bible lacks the term ‘failure.’ And for the sake of argument that perhaps it’s incomplete, Strong’s has no mention either.

Yet I know I’m not alone in my feelings of failure and questions of how to handle them.

A friend recently shared some wisdom about feelings: they’re like toddlers; you can’t stuff them in the trunk, but you also don’t want them driving the car. Finding a place for them is imperative, a place where we can safely deal with them and transform them.

Left unchecked, my feelings of failure and doubt sit heavy on my chest, suffocating my life’s breath.

The term failure describes a lack or deficiency of a desirable quality – the action or state of not functioning.

Biblically  speaking, the term doesn’t exist because if Christ is in us, there is no deficiency.

I personally encourage the elimination of the term because rarely – if ever – does true failure exist. There are always results; if we do not like the results we are getting, we must change what we are doing.

For me, I choose to set my eyes on the truths Christ speaks. He doesn’t speak of me as a failure, nor you – instead, he uses words like:

Created handiwork.  “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)

Called. “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” (Rom. 8:30)

Chosen. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (Jn. 15:16)

Friends. “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (Jn. 15:15)

Adopted Daughters.  he predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” (Eph 1:5)

Conquerors. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns?No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:31-37)

Is it just me, or does that puff out your chest just a bit?

The beautiful thing about light and truth is that when it shines, the darkness must flee. This is a power we have been given, in line with our calling:

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

So, dear friends, let us not dwell in this darkness. Let us remove these feelings from the driver’s seat, from the seat of our chest, and shine a light on the lies. May we know the truth, and may the truth set us free (Jn. 8:32)

May this blessing wash over you –

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Heb. 13:20-21)

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