Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
(540) 473-2325

Failing Is Not Fatal

If you feel like you have failed, and your life is less than what you expected it to be, don’t worry. Your life is a work in progress. God tells us in Phil.1:6 that He will perform His perfect work in us. “Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

We may fall sometimes, and we; let me rephrase that, we will fall sometimes and all we can do is remember we are, by default, fallen and imperfect. The fact that our faith is sometimes weak, and our will power is also just reminds us that we need to keep on growing in the grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, II Pet.3:18. Thank God for our salvation and our destiny. There is an old saying that says, ‘you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear’, but it sure is good to know that the Lord can make a great saint out of a repentant sinner.

If we should ever feel that we need not bother to persevere for the Lord because we have failed the Lord, then we must swallow that toxic pride and think of Jesus Christ first. Pride can lead us to think that we are powerful enough to live pleasing lives for the Lord in our own strength, and we cannot. Peter experienced this flawed thinking at our Lord’s trial.

We should never be comfortable with complacency in our Christian character, but we should never expect perfection either.

The key to successful Christian living is in allowing God to do His perfecting work in us. So often we let others guide, instruct, and sometimes intimidate us into becoming the Christian they think we ought to be. We strive to please well intentioned Christian people, but in keeping our eyes on them we fail to please God.

People often mean well, but if they do not have a mature biblical grasp on the Word and wisdom of God, they will fail us.

Each one of us must see our growth as believers as one of personal responsibility and personal privilege. Do not allow yourself to get sucked into the mindset that if you are not perfect God has no use for you. Satan would have all of God’s children to think God hates them. But God is forgiving and this is a vital part of His eternal make-up. God is loving and we should never allow ourselves to think He is too busy to hear our prayers and concerns. He knows when we are disappointed with ourselves and He alone can pick us up. He is our Father. Just as we continue to love our children, even when they fall, He continues to love us. We must never allow the confessions of our failures, which we make unto Him, go any further than His forgiveness. Failure in the Christian life is not fatal, however, to sulk and kick ourselves after confession for failing the Lord can lead to further discipline from our Father, Heb.12:11-13.

Instead strive for spiritual growth in the Word to understand the Lord more completely, and look for opportunities to serve Him each day.

The Pastor
June 2011