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Responding To Failure

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“Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.” Proverbs 24:16

Failure doesn’t make you fail but your response to it does. If you consider failure as an opportunity to learn and move forward, then failure is not a failure at all. You can tell a lot about a person by how he/she responds to life. Everybody gets knocked down, but how fast you get up again is what counts. Veria Wallace says: ‘Failure teaches us things we can’t learn any other way… Treat it as a visitor allowed to deliver unpleasant news, but don’t let it take up residence’.

All failures are not equal. For example, when a beautiful, talented young woman is the first runner-up in a Beauty Pageant, some say she failed. Yet some people would give their right arm to be named the second most attractive female in a national competition.

It is a matter of perspective!!!

Each failure is to be examined on its background and learn from this. Failure teaches us what is important. I have a friend who was downsized out of a job…It caught her caught her by surprise because she was good at her work. “I tend to be full of pride,” she says. “I got away with it because I was so successful. Losing my job…humbled me. With pride you have no permission to fail. It’s a heavy yoke…and I don’t wear it any more. I feel lighter in my spirit without the burden of having to be perfect.”

We are always proud of our ability, skill and self.

Pride brings failure.

And how to escape from pride? Trust in God. The only answer to cure pride. When we trust in God, that is, realizing our successes and failures, ability and disability and happiness and unhappiness are the blessing of God, we won’t feel proud of ourselves.

“The LORD said: People of Jerusalem, when you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back.” Jeremiah 8:4-5

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Are You Financially Secure?

 

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‘…riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.’ (Proverbs 27:24 NIV)

Banks, money lenders, insurance companies and all financial institutions claim that your money is securely safe in their vaults. We’ve witnessed the hollowness of this promise. So many banks and financial institutions have failed recently and their assured promises underlines today’s financial insecurity. Financial uncertainty characterises today’s world of failing banks, crumbling investment giants, shrinking multinational corporations, swelling queues of under-employed and unemployed, plus an epidemic of fear plaguing the hearts of the currently-employed. Many older people are trading in their retirement dreams for a new twenty-first century reality: ‘work till you drop’. In such times, where can we turn? To politicians? To government? To the next get-rich-quick guru? The Bible says, ‘…riches do not endure forever, and a crown [human government] is not secure for all generations.’ (Proverbs 27:24 NIV)

What’s the answer?

Turn to the only reliable source of security: God!

There’s no financial crisis in His Kingdom! Israel hungered and thirsted and He sent them fresh manna, and water from rocks. He assigned ravens to feed Elijah, multiplied oil and flour to sustain a destitute widow’s family, fed thousands from a boy’s lunch of five loaves and two fish. And He asks us:’…is anything too difficult for Me?’ (Jeremiah 32:27 NAS).

No!

1. Trust God to provide for you.

2. Do what He tells to do.

3. Believe that God ‘will.

‘The lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field. You will have plenty…to feed you and your family…’ (Proverbs 27:26-27 NIV)

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Carry the God with us

Third blessing of carrying the God with us:

3- Protection – ‘Christ centred’ life becomes meaningful and goal oriented. If your faith is ‘me-centred’, you will get nowhere with God. But when your faith is ‘Christ centred’ then everything Christ has become available to you.

When our life is ‘Christ centred’, He leads us, He carries us, He protects us and He provides the ultimate meaning to our life that enables us to love the world as we love ourselves.

Israelites carried The Ark of the Covenant with them and it is mentioned about 180 times in the Scriptures. So it must be very important. The Tabernacle is the physical and visual presence of God. And every bit of activity in the outer and inner court of the Tabernacle was for one purpose, to lead them into the Holy of Holies where God’s presence was.

New Testament realities are pictured in Old Testament symbols. And among the symbols The Ark is the most significant one. Because The Ark was the most important piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. In this regard it the picture of Christ we love and serve.

And who is Christ?

He is Lord. He is supreme. There is no one like Him. Paul writes: ‘Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creations, for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth…..(Colossians 1:15-20)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight” (Proverb 3:5)

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