In some ways it’s scary to pursue transformation. Because sooner or later, we know we’re going to fail.
And when that happens, as it inevitably will, the thought creeps into our minds like a slow-acting poison: why do I bother? I’ll never get over this.
But that’s a lie.
Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and the condemner of the saints (Revelations 12:10). He specializes in lies that look like truth.
I’ll never get over this is an example. Because the truth is that we won’t get over it if we do it in our own strength, but we will get over it if we do it in God’s strength (Philippians 4:13).
It’s hard to keep fighting the same battle over and over again. Believe me, I know. But it helps to get a biblical perspective on the battle.
Perhaps you’re still going full steam ahead with your project, no failure in sight. If so, tuck this Bible study away until later. But if you’re in the thick of the battle and need to see it from God’s point of view, do this Bible study.
Bible Study on Failure
- How many years have you been struggling with this sin or bad habit?
- How many years (or weeks) have you been diligent about applying truth to the lies that are fueling your habit?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, how diligent have you been?
- When you think of how long you’ve been renewing your mind compared to how long you’ve had this problem, is it realistic to expect 100% victory at this point? Why or why not?
- How does God feel about you in the midst of your failure? (Jeremiah 31:3, 20, Romans 8:1)
- What would He like to do for you?
- Psalm 3:3
- Psalm 37:23-24
- Psalm 91:2-4
- Philippians 1:6
- What would He like you to do?
- John 8:10-11
- Romans 12:1-2
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
- Galatians 6:9
- James 1:16-17
- What sacrifices will you have to make to do what He wants you to do?
- What will you gain if you do what He wants you to do?
I think the key is to view it as a process. It’s a lifelong, never-ending pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. Keeping that in mind helps me.
Yes, a process – and better to focus on progress rather than perfection (or imperfection!).
Dan Black on Leadership says
I believe it’s not what happens to us that will drag or keep us down but how we react toward what has happened to us. It’s all about our attitude and behaviors, which should be alined with God’s characteristics.
I know when I fail or make a mistake God’s is always near me and wanting me to get back up and move forward.
I agree, Dan. I’m willing to take the time to bring my thoughts captive to the truth because I want my attitudes and behavior to line up with God’s characteristics. Not to mention the fact that I like living in peace.