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You Are Not A Failure!
by Annagail Lynes
9/21/2006 / Devotionals
God has a purpose for your life. Not many people understand that. Not maybe people comprehend that you were put on this Earth randomly. It wasn't because your parents got together and created you. No, God picked you out, chose you from the beginning of the world to complete a specific task He had in mind for you. But the task wasn't tailor made for you. No, you were tailor-made for the task. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, God fashioned you with just the right combination of smarts, talents, abilities and personality to accomplish that task. To Him, you failing to fulfill that task, your destiny, wasn't an option.
But we, His chosen people, have made it an option. No longer is it "I will fulfill my destiny" and "God, use me for your purpose." Instead we say "I hope and pray I fulfill my destiny. I hope I am in God's will" or "If I complete my purpose..."
If failure is not an option with God, it shouldn't be with us either. We are His children, created in His image. We are suppose to be imitators of our Heavenly Father. And failure is not an option to Him, so we need to banish it from our vocabulary as well.
What does the word fail mean? Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Fifth Edition, describes fail as "to be wanting; to fall short; to come to an end; to err; to be mistaken."
And what is a failure? Someone who fails.
It was never God's intention for us to be failures.
But somehow we see ourselves that way. In fact, we think that God is up in Heaven waiting for us to screw up, so that He can whack over the head or strike us with lightening. We see God as wanting to trip us up, wanting us to fail, but God isn't like that.
God is on our side. On our side.
What does it mean when we say that someone is on our side? If you are gang member, or a cop, it means that your partners are ready to stand up for you, defend you and back you in a fight.
And that's the way God is. Because we are His children--if we have accepted Jesus into our hearts--God is ready to stand up for us, defend us and back us up in a fight.
Imagine that! God is ready to back us up! He is ready to help us in time of trouble. He is ready to give us answers when we aren't in trouble but are simply confused.
God loves us. No matter what we say. No matter what we do. There is nothing we can do that will get God to stop loving us. Nothing!
He doesn't look at your behavior chart and say, "Oh, well, you haven't been good, so I can't help you."
No, because you have accepted what Jesus did on the cross, you are in right standing with God. Your salvation and your right standing has nothing to do with your behavior and everything to do with Jesus' shed blood on the cross, which covered all your sins--past, present and future.
God loves you. If He doesn't see you as a failure, either should we.
So how do we change our perspective of ourselves? The first thing is to get into God's Word and see what God says about you. What does He think about you? How does He feel about you? What can you do through Christ? What can you have through Christ?
Then you will learn that God loves you unconditionally, that you are the apple of His eye, that He sent His only begotten Son to die in your place, that He bottles your tears. You will discover the benefits of being a child of God--total life prosperity (healing for your mind, soul, body and finances). Every thing you need, God has provided for you.
Once you realize you are more than a conqueror, that you are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, that God is on your side, you need to start agreeing with God's Word by speaking those words over your life.
The more you do that, the more you will be changing the image on the inside of you. You are like Michelangelo when he chiseled away at that block of marble, waiting for David to emerge. You are chiseling away at that bad self image, that failure perception, until the real you, the you that God created, appears.
It takes a lot of time, patience and effort to change your internal image to reflect the way God see you. But all that time, patience and effort will pale in comparison to what you gain. A healthy, godly image of who you are and who God created you to be. You are more than a conqueror. You are a child of Almighty God.
Annagail Lynes is a pharmacy technician, certified life coach and ordained minister. She is helping people move forward after trauma by helping them discover their purpose. Follow her blog at 316counseling.com
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