FEARLESS of FAILURE
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Lesson & Activity Introduction
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Failure vs Success
Merriam Webster dictionary defines Failure as the lack of success. Success is “The fact of getting or achieving wealth respect or fame,”
The world defines success and failure on the basis of tangible parameters which are external (visible) and transient.
The Christian definition of success however can be summed up in the words of C.S. Lewis
“It is not your business to succeed, but to do right:”
Thus Jeremiah is a success while the rich young ruler is not!! In fact the life of Jesus by any standard than God's, is an anticlimax of failure until the empty grave turns it around.
Failure in the spiritual Life of a person
Living Life Jesus’ way is impossible but for the Holy Spirit who empowers us event by event .
Failure in our spiritual life usually occurs because of:
a) Incomplete surrender – we fall short of God’s standards in those areas that are not under HIS control
b) Insufficient faith – we fail to act / react in ways that please God when our faith in God is less than our fear of the situation
c) Interrupted communion – the above two happen when we do not plug into the uninterrupted power supply of the Holy Spirit, through prayer.
These recur often in our lives and it can be very frustrating to want to please God but not be able to do it. Paul exclaimed, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (Rom 7:19) Who can deliver me from this! No set of procedures can help us in this dilemma. We need the intervention of the Redeemer.
Redeemer God - Redeems and Restores
In Psalm 103, the psalmist rests assured that “God remembers that we are dust.” The writer to the Hebrews assures us that we have a High priest who was tempted in every way as we are yet without sin. (Heb 4:15) Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.(Heb.2:18), and is able to save completely those who come to him (Heb. 7:25). From Abraham to Samson to Peter, Scripture is replete with narratives of people who failed time and again and were restored.
Failure in the Life of a Spiritual person
We don’t go through life with a Midas’ touch. Inspite of our best efforts and sincere faith, things go wrong, plans blow up in our face, enemies seem to triumph over us. Should we be surprised?
Eternal perspective: In John 16:33, Jesus promises us that “In this world we will have trouble”. “But” he says “be of good cheer – I have overcome the world”. The Kingdom culture that Jesus inaugurated is a counter culture. In Matt. 20:16, Jesus tells us that the first will be last and vice versa. Success and failure in God’s kingdom is measured from an eternal perspective. God is at work in us not for just the immediate future but for long term and for eternity. “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied”, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:19.
Restoration Process: We also encounter failure because we live in a fallen world. Although the power of sin was broken on the cross, we still have to contend with the presence of Sin. That is why our struggle is with principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12). But God at work in our world works all things together for good. (Rom. 8: 28) He weaves seeming individual failures into the tapestry of his restored world.
Our Loving God values and esteems us:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Rom. 5:8
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”, Rom. 8:32 From the pit to the prison to the palace failure seemed to dog Joseph’s footsteps, but God was constantly at work on his behalf. Joseph could say “ You meant it for evil but God meant it for good for the saving of many lives.” He that is in us is truly greater than he that is in the world. We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, partnering with God in His big plan of restoration of the whole world and the saving of all humans. As part of this big picture, we realize Failure is never final.
JOHN MARK is a classic example of one who failed in his spiritual life by perhaps letting fear cause him to turn back from his calling. He lost out from being a partner to the greatest Christian leader to becoming the cause for a rift between two great men of God Paul and Barnabas. Mark must have felt a complete loser. But God wasn’t finished with him yet. God worked all things together for good – Paul and Barnabas both spread out in different directions and the ministry doubled. Paul and Mark were reconciled. Mark ended up writing one of the crispest reports of the life and ministry of Jesus.
Failure in Spiritual Life cannot become the cause for a Spiritual person to fail, For God who began a good work in us will see it through to fruition.
Prayer: Dear Jesus how grateful we are to belong to you. Thank you for loving us with an everlasting love. Thank you for redeeming us and restoring us whenever we fail. We trust Lord that you will continue to hold our lives in your hands and make all things beautiful in your time. Bless us we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
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Activity 1: Inductive study of the Bible
The Inductive Study Method is an investigative approach to the Bible using three basic components: Observation, Interpretation and Application. These are general questions to help you investigate the passage. You have to find out how these general questions apply to this specific passage Now, it is time for you to learn about failures in one's spiritual life and how to handle them.
Do an inductive Bible study on the Bible portion given below.
Activity 2: Crossword
Activity 3: Disappear to remember?!
Have a pen and paper with you before you start this activity. Watch the video. Look at all the words carefully once. You may pause the video for few seconds.
Now play !
A word will disappear. Write down that word on the piece of paper.
Now give a second word disappears. Write down the second word.
Now repeat the process.
When all the words disappear, you would have written the memory verse on you paper. Now learn it.