Failure … Another F-Word
by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
I am sitting here this morning after crying out to the Lord, yet again, “Forgive me, Lord, I repent, and I turn it over to You.” Again! How many times can you fail at something and take it to the Lord? How many times can you mess up before God finally says, “Okay, maybe you’re never going to have victory with this one.”
In all of our lives, at any given time, God is dealing with us on something in our lives. It may be one thing, or it may be many things. But have no doubt—the fact that it is in our lives continues to block us from the full intimacy Jesus wants with us. The fact that Jesus is dealing with us on this very subject means He wants it removed from our lives.
So, why is it so difficult? Why is it that we vow over and over that we won’t do it again, and then, almost mindlessly, there it is again? Why is it that we are so faithless when He is so faithful? Why are we so human?
Ah, that’s it! We are human. That has been a stumbling block of mine all of my life. When I fail in any given area, I get so frustrated with myself. I think, “This time I’m going to get it right.” Only to fall flat on my face in failure. What God brings me back to over and over again is that I can’t do this without Him. I am human. He is not.
We have a God who is supernatural. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (all-present), and omnipotent (all-powerful). Jesus Christ is not limited by our human frailty. And if we have accepted Him as our personal Lord and Savior, He lives within us. We have the supernatural, all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful God inside of us! Wow!
Paul, the apostle who wrote approximately two-thirds of the New Testament, is often seen as arrogant in his writings. But with a close look, it is quite the opposite. This is a man that understands Jesus’ words in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (NLT) Yet at the same time, he understands, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:13 NKJ)
You see, without the strength of Christ, we are miserable failures, doomed to miss the mark every time. But with the power of Jesus Christ living in us, we become supernatural, victorious beings. Still human, yes. Still bound to make mistakes, true. But when we allow our lives to be led by the power of the Holy Spirit and our Lord Jesus Christ, we become humans walking a life of victory in Christ. We are not failures when we are Christ followers! Thank you for that, Lord!