Reversing Failure

"For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again..." (Proverbs 24:16 NASB)

The following is an excerpt from my book GRACE WORKS.

If you’re facing failure it is most likely because you are facing your failure! To live in God’s grace is to face forward - looking away from your failure and focusing on God's irreversible love for you. You must also understand that there are no formulas in grace. Simply embracing God's grace is the key to getting past your failures. However, overcoming failure is a process and often takes awhile to learn to apply grace. Yet, as you grow in your understanding of grace and are quicker to receive it, you will be more successful in overcoming failure. Here are seven steps involved in the process of turning failure around. (I use the acronym F.A.I.L.U.R.E.)

1. Forget the past. Release all regret. It is the final chain to be broken. To be strong is to let go of yesterday. Therefore, take one last look over your shoulder and say to your past, “I’m letting you go forever. You cannot follow me into my future!” (Philippians 3:13-14)

2. Accept the consequences. You cannot re-write the past but you can start a whole new book. Your yesterday does not have to determine your tomorrow. Remember, no matter what happened or how terrible it was, God is working everything out for your good. (Romans 8:28)

3. Invite correction. Only fools despise instruction but honor belongs to those who embrace correction. Every mistake you’ve made serves as a stepping-stone for your success. And remember: to use a stepping-stone it has to be firmly under your feet. (Proverbs 13:18)

4. Learn the lesson. As we grow in grace, we often take the test first then learn the lesson afterwards. Truth is, God knew you were going to fail. But no matter what the failure, the number one lesson Jesus wants you to learn is to rest in His love for you. (Matthew 11:29)

5. Understand the process. Accept that failure happens. In fact, failure is as vital a part of the growing process as succeeding. Our failures remind us of our dependence on God’s grace and give us courage to keep moving forward at a steady pace. (Proverbs 24:16)

6. Receive forgiveness. God has already forgiven you. It does you no good to punish yourself. The problem isn’t that God hasn’t forgiven you but that you haven’t forgiven yourself. You’ll just have to accept that God loves you no matter what! (Ephesians 1:7-8)

7. Expect to succeed. No matter how many times you may have lost you are not a loser. God sees you as a total success story. Your failures don’t define you; they refine you into the image of Jesus. The good news is in Christ you are undefeatable! (Romans 8:37)