Summary: how a person handles failure can mean the difference between living a victorious life or living a life filled with bitterness, hostility, solitary, and anger.
How to pass even though you feel like you are failing
2 Corinthians 4: 6 – 12
Main Focus is 2 Corinthians 4: 8-9
I know this title of this sermon doesn’t really make sense to a lot of people on this morning, I know that they will have questions that will pop up in people head like, what do you mean by passing while failing How do you pass when you fail? How do I complete something successfully when I stop trying to complete it, because I know I going to fail at it? I don’t under stand how do you pass even though you feel like you are failing?
I believe my sermon today would be called an oxymoron In Webster eyes, due to its contradictory context. However a lot of people on today, fell’s like they are failures in there own eyesight if the truth be told. They fell that they failed one way or another, if a person is not where they want to be in life right now, then they fell that they are a failure, if a person career is not on a certain level that they planned from childhood, then they consider themselves failures, if a person marriage is not on a certain level or if there children don’t act or speak a certain way, then they consider there life one big failure. If a person fails one thing after another that tends to make that person start believing that they really can’t succeed at nothing at all. From that belief, they then shape there mentality by speaking failure into there own life, failure in there spouse life, failure in there children life, also failure in there friends and co-workers lives. Afterwards they start believing that they are nothing but a big fat “F” on the report card of life.
Yet from there negative thinking, they then start making oxymoron statements. These Contradictory statements are created due to there false illusion and conception of there current situation. (it shape there mentally and response to the situations at hand from the lack of spiritual influence)
That’s why we say things like:
1. I don’t know how much more of this I can take
2. I don’t know how much longer I can keep doing this
3. This here is just getting on my nerves, and I’m about to just quit
4. I just can’t do it no more, I’m about to walk away and don’t look back
5. Why are people dong this to me
6. Why are they treating me this way, why is God allowing this to happen to me
7. I have been keeping my prayer life up, I been reading, I been obedient to God, so why is this happening to me?
We allow our situation to dictate to us our attitude
At various stages of our lives we will all experience different kinds of failures one way or another, some failures are out of our control. Some failures are cause from us being careless, some failures are a lesson to mold us to become better Christians, Some failures are punishment for our own disobedience to God, but you have to keep trying even though you don’t feel like it , and when you understand the fight then you can fight a good fight (read Ephesians 6:10 – 14)
I don’t know about you, but when I try something that doesn’t work, I choose to look at the experience from an optimistic point of view, I don’t look at my failures as me not succeeding in life, but rather I look at my failures as things just didn’t work out for me, maybe it just wasn’t for me, so now I have to try something new that might work. you have to get up, dust your self off, and keep moving,
But, if I look at my failures from a pestimestic point of view. I would get so overwhelm in midst of all my failure, in the midst of all the things I didn’t succeed at, in the midst of all my situation that trying to stress me out, that it would make me so depress that I try to find an outlet for my anger.
I rather be happy in try it again if I fail, rather then being depress looking at my situation negative like I fail, I can’t do nothing right, I hate my self, I lost everything, I have nothing, which in the end shapes my mentally and attitude to belief that everything I touch, I going to mess up and that’s depressing to me,
How you handle failure, how you handle set backs in your life, will shape you for the future. A common truth is that everyone experiences some kind of failure, the failure is not the focus but the change is. But we make the failure to be our focus.