”There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake” (Ecclesiastes 7:20 GNT).
That’s why I urge you to internalize this one simple message: We’ve all made mistakes. It’s not just a “you problem”; it’s a human problem. The Bible says, “There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake”(Ecclesiastes 7:20 GNT).
Not only have you made mistakes in the past, but you’ll also make more in the future. I guarantee it. Even playing it safe and refusing to take risks is a mistake.As a pastor, I hear people ask all the time, “What if I fail?” I want to ask them, “What do you mean if?”
You’ve already failed many, many times in life. So have I. You’re a failure in some area of your life right now. And you’ll fail a lot more in the future.
Even superstars stumble. The greatest professional basketball players only sink half their shots. The best professional baseball players will get out two out of every three at bats. Failure is normal.
You’ll never overcome your fear of failure until you fully accept the reality that you’re not perfect.
The Bible says there is only one failure you need to fear: “Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace” (Hebrews 12:15 NCV).
You need grace. We all do!
Only when we let go of the fear of failure will it let go of its maddening grip on our lives. Once that happens, we can fully accept the grace of God.
GO GENTLY THROUGH THIS DAY, keeping your eyes on Me. I will open up the way before you, as you take steps of trust along your path. Sometimes the way before you appears to be blocked. If you focus on the obstacle or search for a way around it, you will probably go off course. Instead, focus on Me, the Shepherd who is leading you along your life-journey. Before you know it, the “obstacle” will
be behind you and you will hardly know how you passed through it. That is the secret of success in My kingdom. Although you remain aware of the visible world around you, your primary awareness is of Me. When the road before you looks rocky, you can trust Me to get you through that rough patch. My Presence enables you to face each day with confidence.
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father— and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
JOHN 10 : 14 – 15
The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.
ISAIAH 26 : 7
God Answers Prayers For His Glory
I think the greatest example of this can be seen in the life of Paul. In the book of Romans, Paul starts his letter with this prayer: “I thank my God for all of you because your faith is being reported all over the world. I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray now that at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you I’m so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.” (Romans 1:8-15 NIV)
Paul’s dream was to preach in Rome. After he shares this, he writes, “Pray that I might have a prosperous journey.” (Romans 1:10 NIV) Did God answer Paul’s prayer? Yes, but not how Paul would have expected.
Paul was arrested, put through the Roman court system and ended up as a prisoner in Rome. That hadn’t exactly been his plan.
Yet Paul wanted to go to Rome. He was willing to let God work it out in God’s way. Paul probably never imagined that God would answer his prayer in this way.
What did Paul do in Rome? He wrote a bunch of letters to different Christians all over the Mediterranean. We got the New Testament because Paul allowed God to answer his prayer in God’s own way and His own purpose.