‘Failure is only a disgrace if you allow it to remain your last chapter.’
Yeah…I thought so too.
In light of saying Goodbye to our Yesterdays, it is imperative that we say goodbye to our failures. Many of us don’t like thinking about our past because often it retrieves for us a list of failures vs accomplishments we have made in life.
We begin to think of how badly we messed up, came up short, or slipped up in our lives, but most especially, we think about how we have failed in our walk with God.
It’s biting, to say the least!
Here are 7 awesome scriptures for you to journal, reflect, and meditate on if you’re facing the biting pain of your past mistakes and failures. We need to arm ourselves with the truth of God’s Word, so we can completely and mentally shut the doors to our past and move on to a brighter future!
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, TRY, TRY AGAIN!
- Proverbs 24:16—For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.
Even for the godly, upright, and prudent in Christ…scripture tells us, that falling is possible! It doesn’t say you WILL fall, but that you MAY. Meaning, even after you have taken a hit or made a terrible mistake in life, there is every possibility for you to learn from your mess-up, grow, STAND, and STAND FOR GOOD.
IN FAILURE THERE IS HOPE!
2. Micah 7:8—Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
This has got to be one of my all-time favourite scriptures! I mean just take it in for yourself and read it again! We serve a God who is ready and willing to dispel every dark regret, dark moment of disgrace, and dark misfortune in our lives with the LIGHT of his GRACE and MERCY. Let this scripture breathe into your heart the truth that you can rise again. Use this scriptural truth, to face the enemy square in the face, when he attempts to sell you the lie that, “you’ll never get up again!” You’ll have him running, when he sees you understand that your identity in Christ is that of an OVERCOMER.
AFTER YOU FALL, YOU CAN STAND!
3. Psalm 40:2—He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay. And, set my feet upon a rock.
Ever messed-up so bad you felt as though you were in a pit? That’s absolutely okay. I’ve been there; on several occasions in fact! I was in the pit of depression for a very, very long time because I was so fed-up with myself and all the self-sabotage I had done. In this scripture, there is good news! You can come out of the miry, gunky, gross, circumstances of your past and old nature. The promise is He will set your feet upon a rock, so you won’t slip back into a quicksand of destruction!
YOU HAVE NOT BEEN REJECTED!
4. Isaiah 41:9–I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, “You are my servant.” For I have chosen you and will not throw you away.
I gush at this bible verse, because this is truly who our God is even after we have been unfaithful and unruly in our ways towards Him. He will always pursue us and make it known that He still desires to use us! Yes, God can turn our mess into a message, our shame into a song, and our pit into a pulpit for the purposes of helping others overcome their past also! Don’t ever for a second think, God doesn’t want you because you have failed Him in some capacity. It’s a LIE! God wants the ex-murderer, the ex-fornicator, the ex-idolater, the ex-porn addict, the ex-thief, you name it! He doesn’t throw away those whom He loves.
YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS FAILED!
5. Romans 3:23—For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Does this make you feel any better? See, you need to understand that there is nothing new under the sun and there is nothing new or surprising to God. He knows all and has seen all. At times, the enemy makes us to believe that we are the only person to have slept around, gone through depression, failed academically, been rejected by others, or stolen from people. Once again, I’m here to tell you, HE’S LYIN’. Everyone falls short. We all miss the mark.
But, that’s why Jesus came to die so that His precious blood would wipe away every kind of reproach. Whatever you have failed at just always remember that somebody in this world has failed at it too—sometimes, even worse. So, don’t beat yourself up! Rise.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ON YOUR OWN!
6. 2 Corinthians 12:9—But, He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
We fail because the truth is, we’re weak. Human beings are so weak, so flawed, and so frail that failure is bound to come knocking at our doorstep. The powerful truth and revelation found in this scripture though, is that IN WEAKNESS, God is our strength. Sometimes, if we find ourselves struggling to overcome a bad habit or besetting sin, the excuse we often tell ourselves and God is, “I’m weak.” You are. But, God is even stronger. And, it’s in your weakness, that his POWER and STRENGTH is made PERFECT in you. Overcoming your shortfalls can only be possible if you allow God to work in you and if you allow yourself to work with God.
FAILURE IS THE BEST TEACHER!
7. Psalm 119:71—It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes.
The only way to grow is to fail—and, fail often. Have you ever heard the saying, “fail forward?” It basically means, failure is not your setback in life, but rather the springboard that catapults you into your great future. Many bible heroes failed, and they failed miserably. From the Israelites, to David, even to Joshua. But, they used every point of failure as an avenue for growth in character and growth in their walk with God.
What have you failed at? What are you tired of not being able to overcome? There is no mess-up to big for God.
I encourage you to surrender your past mistakes to Jesus. He is the only one who can rectify it with His love, mercy and grace.
I pray these few scriptural truths help you. Write them down. Share them with a friend. Pray your way through your process to victory!
Remember God loves you dearly,