“God’s promises are never affected by our failures. He can use us at any age.” - by Michael Youssef from Leading the Way
- Moses was a murderer, He still used him.
- David committed adultery, He still used him.
- Paul persecuted Christians, He still used him.
God is Strong
We should be comforted that the Lord is with us wherever we go. No matter what we face, failures or anything else, we are commanded to be strong and courageous.
"Not one of all the LORD's good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled." ~ Joshua 21:45 (NIV)
Do you remember reading the mistakes the Israelites had made during their wilderness journey? Despite their failures, not one promise of God failed to be carried out.
While I believe we do have some affect on the outcome of situations in our life, I heartily believe that God acts because He acts, not because of what we do or don't do. I believe that because He is perfect, because we are under grace, and because He is God that no matter our age or station in life that His promises prevail regardless.
R - Remember that God is in control. "The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength. The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved." ~ Psalm 93:1 (NIV)
E - Expect failures to come in life but God to reign victorious. "We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests." ~ Psalm 20:5 (NIV)
G - Give your failures to the Lord and begin anew. "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." ~ 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
A - Admit that we have limited power in the outcome of life's circumstances. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." ~ Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
R - Rearrange your priorities to put God first in everything. "Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns." ~ Revelation 19:6 (NIV)
D - Decide to believe that the Word of the Lord is true. "For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does." ~ Psalm 33:4 (NIV)
L - Look to God to fix your messes when they are beyond fixing on your own. "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
E - Expect the seemingly impossible with God. "Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." ~ Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
S - Surrender your plans to God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55:8-11 (NIV)
S - Let your thoughts focus on God, not on the trappings of this world. "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." ~ Colossians 3:2 (NIV)