Failure as is an outcome or a result gotten from a pursuit. Failure does not define a person rather it defines an outcome or a result. What this means is that when failure happens, a person has not failed, rather, a system or process has failed. Now here is the trick used by the devil. When a person experiences these negative outcomes, the devil magnifies this perspective, so that one’s attention, focus, and understanding shifts from seeing it as an outcome that can be improved to seeing it as the failure of the individual.
An interesting event is seen in Mark 14:66-72. Peter was the first to acknowledge Jesus as the son of God and as the Christ. This same Peter walked on water, and was a very vital and active part of Jesus’ ministry on earth. However, in the course of following through with Christ in his death, Peter failed in the outcome he had earlier boasted about before Christ and the other disciples. He denied Christ three times before the cock crow just as Jesus had told him. But then what happens? Peter didn’t call himself a failure. He understood that this was an outcome, and there would be many more outcomes from other future events; so he weeps bitterly, picks himself up and proceeded to be with other disciples. Did this stop Peter from being used by God? No! Same Peter ministered on the day of Pentecost and 3000 persons were saved. Have you taught about Judas Iscariot and what became of him after he betrayed Christ? Scripture records in Matthew 27:3-10 that Judas after Christ’s betrayal felt guilty of betraying his innocent master, and hung himself. Because he was overwhelmed by this guilt, he never understood that failure is only an outcome, not the individual. There was room for repentance for Judas Iscariot had he sort for forgiveness, but no, he didn’t, and he rather opted to end his life.
HOW TO DEAL WITH FAILURE
- Understand that failure is only an outcome that can always be improved. Prov. 22:16. One assurance we have as believers in God is that he is always there to help us get it right.
- Depend totally on God and not man. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Psalms 55:22
- Develop a positive belief and mind. Philippians 4:13
- Understand that failure is Temporary and that God equips us with strength in our low moments. Psalms 73:26, Philippians 4:13
- Remember that God is with you every step of the way. 2 Corinthians 12:9 – 12:10, Nahum 1:7