Do We Have To Go There?

Isaiah 26:3I once asked a friend this question: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the phrase Ingest every lesson?

She laughed and said, “Heartburn.”

Although my friend was only kidding, she was onto something.

Heartburn is uncomfortable. It’s troublesome. And it can keep you up at night. When I have heartburn all I want to do is find something to extinguish the fire in my chest so I can forget it and go back to sleep. (Praise Jesus for antacids!)

What does heartburn have to do with our failures?

Well…..They’re painful, troublesome, uncomfortable to think about, and sometimes they do keep you up at night. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather extinguish the pain they bring and forget they ever happened.

Ingest Every Lesson

When we ingest something, we take it in and absorb all it has to offer. For example, in order to live we must ingest food so our bodies can get the nutrients they need. If we don’t get the nutrients we need our bodies won’t grow or function properly. When we learn from our failures it works the same way. In order to learn we have to take in knowledge. In order to grow from our failures we have to be willing evaluate them so we learn from them. It’s painful process, but if we try to forget or ignore our failures, we will only stunt our growth.

Trying to forget our failures will only stunt our growth. Click To Tweet

We aren’t in this by ourselves.

Let’s Read John 16:33 In this verse Jesus tells us we will face trouble in this world. What kind of trouble? All kinds. Including the kind called Failure. But Jesus doesn’t leave us without hope. What does he say we will have in him despite the trouble we will face in this world? Peace…

You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You. Isaiah 26:3   Click To Tweet

Phil 4:13

 Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace, for it is trusting in You.” As we learn to depend on the Lords strength rather than our own, he provides us with the peace we need to face our shortcomings. Once we are able to face them, we can seek God with a willing heart and ask for help.

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”  God wants us to come to him for direction, but as the text goes on to say in James 1:6, he expects us to trust and apply that wisdom.  If we apply the wisdom God freely provides, we can be more successful in the areas we have been trying forget. It won’t be easy and we will probably still mess up. But with the Lords’ help, we can start to look at our mistakes as detours that offer growth opportunities instead of dead ends that lead to no where.

Let’s Pray

Lord your word tells us to not be anxious for anything. Help us remember to bring our requests to you so that we can rest in your perfect peace. When we do fall short, help us to learn from our mistakes and to apply what we have learned. We thank you that we can depend on your strength to carry us through the troubles we face. We ask that you’ll guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus so that His power burns bright enough in us for all to see. Amen! (Philippians 4:6-7)

Thank you Thank you for joining me for part three of When The Answer Is To Fail. I hope and pray these words will fill you with the hope and encouragement you need as you learn to turn failures into successes.

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