The storm of failure is one that breaks many people. When we fail, it is easy to give in to the feelings that God has abandoned us. It is possible to handle failure in a way that allows God to take you to greater heights than you expected.
Why do we Face Storms?
The storms we face in life will shake us, shape us and inspire us to hold to the hand of God. During the darkest hours of our lives, God uses storms to show us that we need Him in every hour of the day. By bringing us to a position of complete humility, God is able to live out His promises in our lives.
In Matthew 8:23-27, we hear about a storm that the disciples faced while out on their boat. They were terrified even though Jesus was in the boat with them. Jesus was asleep even in the midst of the storm as the disciples panicked. They woke Jesus up and begged Him to save them.
Jesus then said, “oh yea of little faith” and then commanded the storm to cease. What did this mean? In spite of all they had seen Jesus do, they still did not trust Him to protect them. God used this storm to show, once again, how powerful God is.
Aren’t we all the same way? In spite of all that Jesus has done for us, don’t we still question God’s presence and power when the storms come? Don’t we all try to take the reigns and find our own solutions?
So, how can we battle the storm of failure and still stay focused on the power of God?
7 Ways to Battle the Storm of Failure
1. Accept Your Failure
Do not try to deny that you have failed. Look your failure square in the eyes and call it what it is. Do not make excuses for the failure but instead face it head on. God knows we will fail as it states in Romans 3:23 which says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Allow God to use your failures as a ladder to get where He wants you to go.
2. Accept the Forgiveness promised by God
Once you have asked God for forgiveness, God will never bring it up again. But God’s forgiveness means nothing if we continue to hold onto regret. Holding onto regret is a rejection of the freedom that God made possible through the cross. Stop beating yourself up for things that God has forgiven you for. Make a choice not to carry the chains that God has released you from.Make a choice not to carry the chains that God has released you from.
3. Don’t Give Up
Do not allow your failures to define you. Failure is a great teacher and you will never forget the lessons of failure. If you cannot handle the fires of failure you cannot handle the pressures of success. God uses moments of failure to build your strength, but you can’t give up in order to receive this reward. In the Bible, the people that go through the greatest failures are the ones that get the greatest rewards.
4. Get Up!
The greatest tragedy in life is not to fall down but it is to stay down.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again.PROVERBS 24:16
But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked
If you have fallen, remember that Christ has conquered your storm. Start living again! Stop allowing your past to control your future. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your God. No matter what your circumstance, remember that you are a Child of the King! Walk like it, talk like it, know it and live it!
5. Let Go of Emotions
When you fail it is important to forget your disappointment, fear, anger and bitterness. It is time to leave behind your frustration and let it go! Do not allow your emotions to keep you from seeking God in the storm. You must let go of the emotions in order for God to make a triumph from your failure.
6. Don’t Listen to the Doubters
Do not allow the opinions of other people to determine your outcome. Instead, let God build you through the storm of your failures. Let Him build the foundation of your life and let God to set you on the strong foundation of His will for your life. Allow God to set your vision and you will accomplish more successes than you could have ever imagined. God’s vision is greater than all of the approval the world could ever give you!
7. Have Faith in God
No matter how bad things seem to get, do not forget to ask God to help you. Through the hardest of times, satan will try to make you question God’s presence. God is there waiting for you to ask for His help and guidance. When you are in trouble, God doesn’t send someone, He shows up Himself to rescue. Stand on the promises that God has given us. Faith is not believing that God can do it, faith is believing that God will do it for you!
The Bible shows us that storms of failure will come in our lives. Every great thing achieved by the people in the Bible were preceded by great failures. Time and time again, God’s will prevailed among the storms that surrounded His followers.
There are too many examples of this to list them all, but one amazing example is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel Chapter 3. They were literally in the fire as they were placed in the fiery furnace but God protected and saved them. They didn’t even have the smell of smoke on their bodies when they were let out.
God is ready, willing and able to help you through the storm of failure. Are you ready to let Him?
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