Never Give UP!
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Everything in life brings risk. It’s true that you risk failure if you try something bold because you might miss it. But you also risk failure if you stand still and don’t try anything new.
“Every major difficulty you face in life is a fork in the road. You choose which track you will head down, toward breakdown or breakthrough.” ~ Dick Biggs
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill
Keep it real. We all have or will fail in some area of life.
Peter Failed Forward.
Believers recover from failure.
Peter, the most well-known disciple of Jesus, denies even knowing Him three times while Jesus is being crucified. Jesus had predicted he would do it, though Peter insisted he would never deny Jesus–even to the death. When the rooster crows (what Jesus said would happen), Peter realizes what he had done and weeps bitterly.
In Acts 2, we see Peter giving the first sermon after Jesus’s ascension into heaven–to a crowd of thousands of people when he had previously denied Jesus in front of just a few days earlier. Believers don’t become discouraged when they fail. They don’t wallow in self-pity and give up due to the mishap. They pick themselves back up and continue on. Believers do better next time.
Do you seriously think God can’t use you?
*Noah was a drunk.
*Abraham was old.
*Isaiah was a daydreamer
*Jacob was a liar
*Leah was ugly
*Joseph was abused
*Moses had a stuttering problem.
*Gideon was afraid
*Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
*Rahab was a prostitute.
*Jeremiah and Timothy with too young.
*David had an affair and was a Murderer.
*Elijah was suicidal.
*Jonah went from God.
*Job went bankrupt.
*Thomas had ulcers.
*The disciples fell asleep.
*Paul was too religious.
*Peter denied Christ.
*Lazarus was dead.
So what’s your thing? We all don’t have the same thing, but we all have something.
“The fight to take responsibility occurs within. And rarely does talent, intelligence, or opportunity make the difference in whether a person wins that battle. It calls for character.” ~John Maxwell
The last time you failed, did you stop trying because you failed, or did you fail because you stopped trying?
What is that thing you thought would disqualify you, but has given you the very platform to show and share God’s amazing grace, mercy, and love?