Shake It Off and Rise Again
Written by: Kelly Alford
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But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
- 1 John 4:4
We, as humans, are imperfect. Because we are imperfect, we can fail. We have our own thoughts and ideas about how things should work out, and when they don’t come to fruition, we label ourselves as a failure.
Failure can look different for each person. I know for me, I am a perfectionist. I set really high standards for myself, and if I fall short of those standards, I feel like a failure. Failure is scary because when you feel like you have failed, the enemy tells you that you are not good enough, that you are unlovable, that you will never succeed.
Failure and fear of failure hold many people captive and keep them from stepping into their God given destinies.
God doesn’t define failure like the world does. He is not surprised by our failures. He sees us when we feel like we are failing, and He is there to help us through. Having a relationship with God doesn’t mean that you won’t fail. God uses failure to help teach us, humble us, and grow our faith.
But in times of failure, we have someone to turn to. Humans are imperfect and will always fail, but God is perfect, and He cannot fail.
"He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end" - Revelation 22:13.
"He is the author and perfecter of our faith." - Hebrews 12:2 ASV.
"With God, all things are possible." - Matthew 19:26.
"The Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." - 1 John 4:4.
Failure doesn’t mean that God will love you any less. God’s love is unconditional; it doesn’t hinge on anything or require us to be perfect. When we feel like we have failed, all we have to do is turn to God for the truth and ask Him to help us see past the failure and move into what He is calling us to do.
Jesus prepared His disciples for failure knowing that some wouldn’t listen to their message. He told them to “shake it off like dust” (Luke 9:1-5). When faced with failure, human nature can tell you to run from situations where you might fail, or tell you just to stay down after a failure. But Jesus said to shake it off and move on; failure is not the ending, it is only one step. True failure is when we let our failure define us or keep us from God.
No matter how many times we fail, we have to get back up, for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again (Proverbs 24:16). We can know each time we fall, God will be right there to help us up.
1. Are there any “failures” in your life that you need to “shake off” to move forward with God?
2. Is the fear of failure keeping you from where God has called you?
Dear God, thank You that each day with You is a new day. Thank You, Lord, that you do not keep a record of our wrongs, and we don’t have to either. Thank You that You see everything about us and know our hearts. Jesus, help us to seek You every day and to try to be more like You every day. Lord, also help us to shake off our past failures. Thank You, Lord, for not expecting us to be perfect but helping to teach us and grow us when we fail. In Jesus’ name, amen!
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