Pastor Steve Williams : There’s Life After Failure

Watch Those F Words · 38:26 · Recorded March 19, 2017

There’s Life After Failure!

1. Realize it’s part of everyone’s story!

James 3:2 (Phi) We all make mistakes in all kinds of ways.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (TEV) There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.

Romans 3:22-25 (NLT) We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard…For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

2. Repair what’s been affected.

Psalm 37:23-24 (TEV) The LORD guides us in the way we should go and protects those who please him. If they fall, they will not stay down, because the LORD will help them up.

My relationships.

My progress & performance.

My self-worth.

3. Recognize its hidden benefits.

It can EDUCATE me.

Proverbs 28:13 (TLB) A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.

It can MOTIVATE me.

Proverbs 20:30 (TEV) Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways.

It can CULTIVATE me.

It can RE-CALIBRATE me!

Isaiah 43:18-19 (TEV) But the LORD says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do.”

4. Release it completely to God.

Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT) God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

Romans 8:1, 33-34 (Phi) No condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are “in” Jesus Christ…Who would dare to accuse us, whom God has chosen? The judge himself has declared us free from sin. Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us!

5. Rest securely in his acceptance.

Romans 5:20 (Phi) Though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God his grace is wider and deeper still!

1 John 3:19-20; 4:19 (NIV) …We set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything…And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

Great assurances of God’s forgiveness

Isaiah 55:7 (KJV)  Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Isaiah 43:25 (NAS)  “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

1 John 1:9 (TLB)  But if we confess our sins to him, he can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. And it is perfectly proper for God to do this for us because Christ died to wash away our sins.

Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT) “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt.”

Micah 7:18-19 (NIV) “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives transgression…you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

Psalm 103:12 (NLT) He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

Isaiah 38:17 (HCSB) “You have thrown all my sins behind your back.”

Jeremiah 31:34 (HCSB) “I will forgive their wrongdoing and never again remember their sin.”

Study & Discussion Questions
  • What is the earliest memory you have of being forgiven for something wrong that you did?

  • What are the emotions connected to forgiveness – what does it “feel” like to be forgiven?

  • Look over the list of scriptures at the end of this outline that show the metaphors, or pictures of forgiveness found in God’s Word. Make note of them in each verse. Which of these pictures or ideas packs the best “punch” for you? What do you think the significance is of so many different ones being used in scripture?

  • Read Colossians 1:13-14. If someone asked you how Jesus is connected to the forgiveness of sins, how would you “‘splain it” to them? When did the truth of this good news finally break through to you? What’s the best analogy or illustration you’ve heard that helps us understand Christ’s redeeming work of forgiveness?

  • When you consider the “hidden benefits” of failure Steve highlighted, which can you bear witness to in your own experience?

  • Why do you think people have such a hard time feeling forgiven by God? Which is more important, knowing we’re forgiven or feeling forgiven? Which do you think God wants most to see you “get” today?

  • Spend time this week dwelling on the idea of forgiveness with your children. Perhaps take the listing of the metaphors of forgiveness from the scriptures Pastor Steve included on this outline and talk about different ones either at bedtime, or over a mealtime. Ask your kids to express any feelings the verses evoke in them. Be sure you connect the dots that God can freely forgive us because Jesus paid the price of our wrongs. Maybe talk about how forgiveness for each other in your family could be better expressed? Choose one or more to memorize together as a family.

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