And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. ~ Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
Ever feel like a FAILURE ? An outright no good can’t do it right failure ? (yes, I am aware that I just wrote a run-on sentence ) Yeah? ME TOO.
Examples of feeling like a FAILURE (may or may not be MY personal examples..just sayin’) :
- Trying to be obedient and encouraging and then not being very “encouraging” with your (my) spouse.
- Having a negative attitude.
- Not sticking to what you said you weren’t going to do anymore.
- “Falling off the wagon”
- Not being as successful in your own eyes as you want to be.
- Not shining Jesus.
- Not meeting the expectations that others place on you.
You get the point.
That is when I am even more grateful for the mercy and grace my Jesus FREELY lavishes on me! Ahhhh! Don’t you agree with me?
SO. DO. NOT. DESERVE. IT.
That is BEAUTY my friends. Real life down to earth BEAUTY.
Grace is beauty.
Mercy is beauty.
Forgiveness is beauty.
I’m sure of it.
Satan says (I am guessing) : “You have sinned and you fall short. Take your ‘damaged goods’ stamp or sticker or tattoo and give up sister (or brother). Just lay down and have yourself a good ole whiny pity party. Better yet, stay there.”
God says (as is written in HIS Word, THE B. I. B. L. E. and what scriptures say and yes I am paraphrasing, *scripture reference below) :“All have sinned and fall short. Accept my GIFT of forgiveness and redemption and walk WITH me. Take your ‘REDEEMED by the blood of JESUS’ stamp and STAND my child. You are loved. You are precious. You are MINE. I am not finished with you yet. Trust me, nothing you have done or will do surprises me.”
* For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ. ~ Romans 3:23,24 (ESV)
I don’t know about you, but I prefer God’s truth over Satan’s lies.
When you fail, and you will, don’t lay down and roll all around in it. Get up and brush your self off and start over. Stand up.
AND I AM SURE OF THIS :
HE IS NOT FINISHED.
HE keeps on keeping on and offers us mercy and grace that is so stinking beautiful. Like rainbows on a cloudy day beautiful. Like the sunshine peeking out after days and days of thunderstorms beautiful. You get the picture.
It is almost too hard to believe it.
Failure is only failure when you give up. Failure is only failure when you don’t learn something from it. Isn’t that how we learn? By making mistakes? (I am not saying that you should fail on purpose. No, not giving you permission to do that.) Just don’t lose HOPE and do NOT give up. STAND UP and rest in JESUS.
You might want to listen to this…
07 Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave :
Striving to SHINE,