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Dealing With Failure

by Chuck Bentley July 6, 2017

Have you ever failed? I mean, really failed?

You know that sickening feeling when you realize you’ve missed the mark, made a huge mistake, or gone just a little too far. No wonder it’s one of our greatest fears.

You want to know what my biggest financial failure was? I became successful in the eyes of the world, but a failure as a steward of what God had given me. I got so distracted by my own goals and achievements that I sought after the wrong things – I accumulated worldly wealth instead of true Kingdom riches.

But God isn’t unaware of our mistakes. In fact, 2 Corinthians 12 tells us that in our weaknesses and mess-ups, He’s made even greater. So don’t give up.

Repentance is part of learning from your mistakes. Come humbly before God to confess your failures and surrender your future. He’s slow to anger and abounding in love – God can always redeem your mistakes for His purpose. If you have this attitude, you may be able to avoid messing up in the first place! Psalm 37 tells us, “Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.”

If you’re making short- or long-term goals, pray about them and commit them to the Lord. Proverbs says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.”

No matter what your failure is, it’s never so bad that God can’t redeem it.

Ask Him to reveal what He wants you to achieve. Abide in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart. Crown’s online Money Life Personal Finance Study helps you connect with what God’s Word says about your finances, career, and life. This 7-week study is a great way for you to dive deeper into your relationship with God as you transform your finances.

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