Do You Think You're a Failure?
from NCW 68, May-July 2000
What we see as failure and what God sees are two different things. Let me explain.
A few years ago I was going through an incredibly difficult situation. But the Lord had given me a promise of deliverance. I managed to walk in it fairly well but every so often I became very discouraged and doubtful. I kept having to force myself to keep going till I came to the place of faith again. It was always a struggle to get back there though.
During a time when I was struggling the worst, when I felt that all my faith was gone and I was overwhelmed with the problem, the Lord came to me in a vision.
I was sitting by myself feeling sorry for myself when all of the sudden the Presence of the Lord came into the room and I had a vision that lasted a long time...I saw the heavens open up and what looked like a large football stadium and all the angels of heaven were there and they were cheering and clapping. And I looked and there was the Lord God "high and lifted up" and HE was cheering and clapping. I said "Lord, what is this?" He replied "we are cheering you on". And I could hear them saying "keep going, don't stop now" It was awesome.
I watched this for awhile and then I began to weep I said "Lord, you must be so disappointed in my lack of faith". He relpied "Not at all. Your faith has been that you kept going." Then His joy swept over me, and I realized that what I had seen as failure on my part, He saw as faith.
I saw that being an overcomer was not a life of constant victory and never stumbling and falling, but that it was a life of falling, getting up and going on, falling again and getting up again. Like Paul said "pressing on toward the mark of the high calling of Chrsit" Not NEVER falling, but always pressing on DESPITE the falling and the circumstances and the pain.
So my friend, remember that even if you feel like you have failed BIG TIME, the Lord and all His host are cheering you on "Keep going! Don't stop now!"
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