How God Views Failure

How God views Failure

Prov 24:16

16                for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

 

Ps 37:23-24

23        The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24        Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

(KJV)

  1.                    Video of guy who flips over a car. 0-22 seconds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6BiS2iTZbI

 

Learn a new definition of failure and success.

God views failure as…

  1. Universal.

Rom 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 John 1:8-9

8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.

  1. J.M. Barrie, “We are all failures—at least, all the best of us are.”

Rule # 1. You will learn lessons.

Rule #2. There are no mistakes—only lessons

Rule #3. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.

Rule #4. If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.

Rule $5. You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.

Ps 103:13-14

13 As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

14 for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.

He knows are weaknesses.

 

  1. As a journey.

3 Jn 1:2

2    Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Prosper  euodoo (yoo-od-o’-o); to help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:

KJV– (have a) prosper (-ous journey).

Success is how you deal with life along the way.

 

  1. Subjective.

Eccl 7:15-18

15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: a righteous man perishing in his righteousness, and a wicked man living long in his wickedness. 16 Do not be overrighteous, neither be overwise — why destroy yourself? 17 Do not be overwicked, and do not be a fool — why die before your time? 18 It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all [extremes]. 

  1. Subjective: You are the only person who can really label what you do a failure.
  2. What will history say about you? It is subjective.
  3. Legalism. Not receiving forgiveness. Judas Iscariot.

 

  1. As a learning tool. Discipline.

NBA coach, Rick Pitino, “Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching I’ve learned from making mistakes.

Football plays.

 

  1. Reversible.

Texas saying, “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”

“Don’t cry over spilt milk. Clean it up.”

People live wishing they could take back what they did. But they can’t.

David bounced back.

David’s achievements after Bethsheba. Solomon, design temple, raised funds for it. Psalm 18-21 victories, chapter 22 begins with failure. Samson’s greatest achievement after Deliah.

 

  1. Temporary shame. It is not a permanent tattoo.

I got a pelican tattoo for the VacationBibleSchool zoo trip. It can be erased. Picture of my tattoo.

David Brinkley asked columnist Ann Landers what question she most frequently receives from readers. “What is wrong with me?”

“I am not a failure. I failed at doing something. There’s a big difference.”

Apostle Paul did not allow his past to taint his future. He was bold and called himself an apostle. He didn’t asked to sweep the floors.

Gal 1:23-24

23  They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”

24  And they praised God because of me.

1 Tim 1:15-16

15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners– of whom I am the worst.

16    But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

  1. Old saying, “God uses people who fail—cause there aren’t any other kind around.”

 

  1. Not Final.

Sergio Zyman is mastermind behind New Coke. He left the company and got rehired because ultimately the action ended up being positive. Coca-Cola Classic.

 

1 Cor 1:18

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

  1.              The cross. Symbol of defeat is our victory.
  2. Jewish boy went to catholic school. Man nailed on a plus sign.
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Learn how to Fall

Falling Forward

Learn how to fall

Luke 22:31-34

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” 

 

Prov 24:16

16                for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity.

 

Ps 37:23-24

23        The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.

24        Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

(KJV)

  1. Dream of pastor who fell forward.
  2. What makes achievers excel? Success.  John Maxwell says it is Not…
  3. Family Background
  4. Wealth
  5. Opportunity
  6. High morals. Scoundrels have been high producers.
  7. Absence of hardship
  8. The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.
  9. In sports, they teach you how to fall.
  10. In theatre they teach you how to fall.
  11. Learn how to fall. Sonia’s broken arm in High Jump.
  12. Soldiers fell backward.
  13. Blame others
  14. Repeat same mistakes
  15. Expect never to fall again
  16. Expect to Continually fail
  17. Limited by past mistakes
  18. Thinking I am a failure
  19. Quitting
  20. John fell forward to worship Christ.
  21. Take responsibility
  22. Learn from each mistake
  23. Failure is part of the process
  24. Positive attitude
  25. Take new risk
  26. Believing something did not work
  27. Persevering
  28. Thomas Edison, “Every failure is one step closer to finding the answer.”
  29. Fear of failure. Babies fall.
  30. Story of Justin skiing. Fall Justin. Picture of kids skiing

H. Biggest strikeout king in baseball. Babe Ruth.

 

1 Pet 1:6-7

6          In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

7          These have come so that your faith– of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire– may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

  1. Thoughts about falling.
  2. You don’t want the Midas Touch. King Midas. Dionysos
  3. Failure is not bad if it doesn’t attack your heart. Success is all right if doesn’t go to your head.
  4. One of the greatest problems people have with failure is that they are too quick to judge isolated situations in their lives and label them as failures. Instead, they need to keep the bigger picture in mind.
  5. Entrepreneurs fail 3.8 times because success.

 

  1.              Learn a new definition of failure and success.
  2. Failure is not…
  3. Avoidable.

“All have sinned”

“If anyone claims to be without sin he deceives himself…”

  1. J.M. Barrie, “We are all failures—at least, all the best of us are.”

Rule # 1. You will learn lessons.

Rule #2. There are no mistakes—only lessons

Rule #3. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.

Rule #4. If you don’t learn the easy lessons, they get harder.

Rule $5. You’ll know you’ve learned a lesson when your actions change.

  1. An Event.

3 Jn 1:2

2    Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Prosper  euodoo (yoo-od-o’-o); to help on the road, i.e. (passively) succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs:

KJV– (have a) prosper (-ous journey).

  1. Success is how you deal with life along the way.
  2. Objective
  3. Subjective: You are the only person who can really label what you do a failure.
  4. What will history say about you? It is subjective.
  5. Enemy
  6. NBA coach, Rick Pitino, “Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching I’ve learned from making mistakes.
  7. Football plays.
  8. Irreversible.
  9. Texas saying, “It doesn’t matter how much milk you spill as long as you don’t lose your cow.”
  10. “Don’t cry over spilt milk. Clean it up.”
  11. People live wishing they could take back what they did. But they can’t.
  12. Stigma
  13. David Brinkley asked columnist Ann Landers what question she most frequently receives from readers. “What is wrong with me?”
  14. “I am not a failure. I failed at doing something. There’s a big difference.”
  15. Apostle Paul did not allow his past to taint his future. He was bold and called himself an apostle. He didn’t asked to sweep the floors.

Gal 1:23-24

23  They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”

24  And they praised God because of me.

 

1 Tim 1:15-16

15  Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners– of whom I am the worst.

16    But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

  1. Old saying, “God uses people who fail—cause there aren’t any other kind around.”
  2. Final.
  3. Sergio Zyman is mastermind behind New Coke. He left the company and got rehired because ultimately the action ended up being positive. Coca-Cola Classic.

 

  1. David’s achievements after Bethsheba. Solomon, design temple, raised funds for it. Psalm 18-21 victories, chapter 22 begins with failure.
  2. Samson’s greatest achievement after Deliah.
  3. The cross. Symbol of defeat is our victory.

Power of Dad

Power of Dad

 

Mal 4:5-6

5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

  1. Barbara Walters on her last interview, “More celebrities wept when they talked about their fathers than their mothers.” Stats on absentee fathers.
  2. 70 percent of all prisoners grew up without fathers.
  3. 80 percent of all rapists grew up without fathers.
  4. 71 percent of high school drop outs grew up without fathers. or had abusive fathers
  5. 63 percent of teen suicides grew up without fathers.
  6. 40 percent of all children born from single parents.
  7. I believe the number one social pathological problems stem from a lack of fathers.
  8. Financial cost is staggering: 52 billion in prisons, 8 billion in public assistance many being dropouts,
  9. Estimate of 300 billion is lost tax revenue as a result of drop out students.
  10. Word for Family is Patria. Pater means father. Central figure of the family is the father. Children get their names from fathers.
  11. An orphan was considered fatherless.

 

Ex 12:3-4

3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.

  1. Priests are called fathers, fathers should be called priests.
  2. Before the Levitical priesthood, fathers were the spiritual leaders in Israel.
  3. Fathers should be the spiritual leaders in their homes.

Isa 3:12

2 Youths oppress my people,

women rule over them.

  1. Not an indictment on women or youth, but on men, because they failed to take their place in the homes.

 

1 Cor 11:12

3 Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

  1. Priests. Just as Christ must represent the Father to us, it is the husband who must represent Christ to his wife, and by implication to his family.
  2. Biologically, fathers determine the sexual identity of the children. Biblically, fathers determine the spiritually identity of the children.
  3. The greatest curse of our present age is fathers who have misrepresented God.
  4. Story of man witnessing for Christ, “God wants to be your father.” “My father is the man I hate most,:
  5. One word describes the function as a priest: sacrifice.
  6. Sacrifice themselves.

Heb 7:27

He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

  1. Absentee fathers
  2. Offering thanksgiving

Heb 13:15

15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name.

  1. Take much more time thanking God for your family, because in so doing you create an atmosphere around them that makes it easy for them to succeed.
  2. Crushing spirits.

Eph 6:4

4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children;

  1. We only like to learn from people who we believe love us.
  2. If our children do not believe we are thankful to God for them, they will likely care the spirit of rejection.
  3. On the cross Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.” It was not enough that Jesus mother was at the foot of the cross, it matter more that Jesus father had forsaken him.

 

  1. Making intercession

Job 1:4-5

 5 When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” This was Job’s regular custom.

a. Intercession involves claiming the benefits of Calvary’s sacrifice.

b. Critics: Job prayers did not work, his children die.

c. My example of praying for my children

c. God blessed him with twice as many animals, but only the same amount of sons and daughters, which meant he did not lose them for eternity, they greeted him in heaven.

Job 42:10

10 After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD made him prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

Job 42:12-13

12 The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters.

 

  1. Making the way for salvation

Ex 12:3-4

3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.

  1. Father’s cannot send their children off to church with the mothers and stay home and watch TV.