In this Christian walk, one of the easiest things that can discourage us is when we fall short and fall into sin. We then look at ourselves as though we will never be able to walk this walk out, and it would be much easier if we simply gave up.
“A failure is not a loss. It’s a gain. You learn. You change. You grow.” – Anonymous
Most times when we fail at anything in life, we let it define who we are and we shape our identity around that failure. I talked about this in one of my previous blogs which you can read here. What I love is that we can look back into scripture and see people who also failed in their walk with God. David was a man after God’s own heart and we see how many times he fell short in the process.
For a just man falls seven times and rises up again…
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
One of the things that I have studied is that failure leads to anxiety which has a root of fear. Fear is the opposite of trust. Fear will distract you and disable you from ever walking out the call God has on your life.
Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Anxiety is a weight; it’s a burden. The enemy does not desire that you should ever be free from that weight to walk out the calling God has on your life. If he can bind you up, he can disable you. If he can disable you, what should he have to fear. I picture the enemy saying to us when we are bound up by our failures and sins, “Ha, and you call yourself a child of God. If you were a child of God you would know that you have the ability to be free.” Instead we allow fear and anxiety to take control over us and lead our footsteps. One of the things I have discovered about anxiety is that it can be caused due to feeling a lack of self control.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self control (sound mind).
Fear is a spirit that is unnatural. It is not like God and does not look like God. Fear not! God knows the difference between you and the unrighteous and unjust man.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord; and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
I always thought is was man that delighted in God’s way until I saw how it was punctuated in my Bible. He is capitalized signifying that the He scripture is referring to is God. Though that man may fall, because of the path he walks he will not be hurled into hell. The Lord supports him because of his repentance and his choice to follow Him. I take delight in the fact that it says to me that we will fall more than once, but God knows a man’s heart.
There the workers of iniquity have fallen; they are cast down and not able to rise.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
My God! He knows the difference between the workers of iniquity and the good or just man. The question you have to ask yourself is are you going to continue on the path of following the Lord although you may have moments where you fail. Or will you be considered to be a worker of iniquity and give up this walk all together. God is ordering the steps of the righteous man. The righteous man is not living in fear of his or her mistake, but the righteous man recognizes his or her steps are ordered, established, and ordained by the Lord. All you need to concern yourself with now are two things:
- Choice (To Follow or Not to Follow; That is the Question)
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; Your judgements I have laid before me. I have stayed with Your testimonies, O Lord; may I not be put to shame. I will run in the way of Your commandments, when You set my heart free.
I love this scripture! It is the perfect example of repentance and choice! We repent and we choose God because He has the power to set us free from anxiety, worry, and fear! He gave us a sound mind! Peace in our hearts. A good word (the Word of God) to cheer our hearts. We have made the decision to be a righteous man and not a worker of iniquity. Anxiety and fear have no place in this vessel; in your vessel.
They overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony…
God has given you the power to overcome through repentance (because of the blood of the lamb), and because of your testimony (your confession of sin coupled along with your confession of faith).
It is easy to give into feeling like a failure in this walk. No man is perfect, but the trick is to not stay down when you stumble. Get up, turn around, and make a decision. I love you all so so much and I am grateful that you took the time to read this blog post. Be sure to check out this one and previous posts. Also be sure to visit my online store here.