HANDLING YOUR FAILURES (2)
What’s the root of our failures?
Failure doesn’t lie in the strength of the enemy, or our own weakness, or God’s reluctance to help us overcome. Israel was defeated by a small town after having conquered mighty Jericho. Their failure, like ours, was the result of unconfessed sin (Joshua 7).
But once their sin was brought to light and dealt with, God spoke encouragement to them. ‘…Don’t be timid…Take all your soldiers…I have turned the king of Ai over to you—his people, his city, and his land’ (Joshua 8:1 TM). Sin unacknowledged will keep you defeated, but sin confessed will bring you forgiveness and restoration that leads to victory.
Author Hannah Whitall Smith tells of moving into a new home. She noticed in the cellar a very clean-looking cider cask sealed at both ends. She debated whether to open it and see what was inside, but decided to leave it undisturbed. Each spring and autumn when the cleaning was being done, she’d remember the cask but put off opening it. Unaccountably, moths began to fill the house.
She used every means she knew to get rid of them, without success. At last, remembering the cask, she opened it and thousands of moths poured out! The lesson here is simple: anything we cling to that’s contrary to God’s Word will cause us to fall before our enemies.
Always keep before you David’s prayer: ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart…see if there be any wicked way in me…’ (Psalms 139:23-24 NKJV). Whatever God shows you, confess it immediately and by faith receive His forgiveness and cleansing. Then you’ll be able to stand victorious before your enemies.
‘Return…I will heal your backslidings…’ Jeremiah 3:22 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Jeremiah 17:7-10; 21:8; 29:11 & 33:3
Blessed is the man who trust in the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, & does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, & is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
I the Lord search the heart & test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. Behold, I set before you the way of life & the way of death.
I know the plans I have for you plans for good & not for evil, to give you a future & a hope.
Then you will call upon me & come & pray to me & I will hear you. You will seek me & find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Call to me & I will answer you, & will tell you great & hidden things that you have not known.
(Seek him today! never delay!)