When we fail as Christians it feels like it is on stage for the whole world to see. The world today if very misguided about their expectations of who and what a Christian is supposed to be. My heart breaks at the ugly words thrown our way when we stumble and fail. When we are not perfect and in that imperfection stand up for our beliefs and faith, for right and wrong, base on God’s word.
“As it is written, there is none righteous, no not one.” (Romans 3:10). The devil uses a Christian’s sin to discredit those who follow Jesus. We are held to a standard, by the world, that we can never adhere to. It is not possible.
But here is a truth that we must understand:
If we are in Christ then we should be different. Not perfect, but noticeably different. There are a lot of Christians walking around out there professing God with their mouths but bearing no fruit. Blocking Him into Sunday mornings and leaving Him out of the rest of their lives. This is not living in Christ.
However, if we are righteous in Christ, we want God in every part of our lives. We want to be the light of Jesus for all those around us. So when we fail to “get it right” it can be extremely hard on us. In these times there are a few promises that we need to remember.
Promises in Times of Failure:
- Your Failure Does Not Define You
- Your Failure Does Not Ruin You
- Your Failure is Not The End
Your Failure Does Not Define You!
You are not a failure just because you fail! You are human, imperfect and saved by grace. Remember Romans 3:10 from above? Not one is righteous. Do not get bogged down with that failure. Focusing on a failure is focusing on the law. Focus on your righteousness in Christ and God’s mercy. Pray for and thank God for forgiveness of your failure. Ask for forgiveness from those you have hurt. Then move on in the knowledge that God’s grace is sufficient in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“Though I will fail at my best attempt to be good, God will never fail in His love for or acceptance of me.”
Your Failure Does Not Ruin You!
Our failure in this life does not ruin us. It does not ruin us for eternity and it does not ruin us for God’s work. Most of all, there is nothing that you can do that God will not forgive you for, and nothing that can separate you from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39).
“God has promised to continue the good work that He has started in me. Though I will fail, God will be faithful. He will sanctify me, change me, strengthen me, and help me (Hebrews 13:5-7), He will encourage me, gently rebuke me, and ultimately make me perfect.”
Your Failure Is Not The End!
God has a beautiful plan and purpose for your life (Jeremiah 29:11). Your failure does not change that. Therefore, seek God’s mercy and grace, knowing by faith that He sees you as righteous in Christ (I John 4:17).
“Though I will fail, that does not mean that success is not possible. All the good that I want to do is impossible if attempted in the flesh, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
The Daily Struggle
We will fail daily in being righteous, but we must remember that our failure does not define or ruin us, nor is it the end. Invite the Heavenly Father into every part of your life, and allow Him to change you from the inside out. Do not focus on your failure, but on the grace of God to forgive those failures.
When we show the world who true Christians, who live in the righteousness of Christ, really are, then we show them that the love of God and freedom from sin is open to ALL who will accept Him as Lord and Savior!
“Remember that as God’s beloved child, you are in the world, but not of the world”
100 Days of Favor
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