Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

We have two choices when we fail.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

There are those who are minus virtue, integrity, honor, and there are those who have virtue, integrity, and honor.

It is very frustrating for a creature who knows that he is superior to all other creatures, to realize that time and success are passing him by, everyday.

Because there comes a realization in the life of people, both good and bad, those with virtue, and those without it, when they know in some way the time is short.

This series of evils is based on arrogance, they have no personal sense of destiny.
Its based upon vanity and pride, vindictiveness, implacability, hatred, and it always brings out the worst in them.

1. They relate themselves to the past because they are arrogant and they think that they were more successful than they actually were.

2. They relate themselves to the past because they are filled with self-pity or are in a sulking mood looking for self-justification because of their present situation – operation blame-game.

PSA 103:19 “The Lord has established His throne in the heavens; And His sovereignty rules over all.”

PSA 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

1SA 17:47 “For the battle is the Lord’s”

Operation blame game is refusal to take the responsibility for one’s decisions as Adam and the woman did in the Garden, GEN 3:12-13.

We have two choices when we fail: continue to blame the world for our stress and present situation, or take responsibility for own decisions and reactions and go forward in the plan of God.

The principle of occupation with the person of Christ and having the proper focus, not blaming others,
PSA 103:3-12.

Replacing blame and claiming God’s grace.

Verse 3 – He pardons all of your iniquities.

PSA 103:4 – He redeems your life from the pit; that is our dwelling place, when we have failed, we feel like we are in the pits.

PHI 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.

God is the ultimate one to whom you can turn when everyone else turns against you, if that ever happens.

The crushing crumbling experiences of failure can be brought to the Lord and you will never hear Him shame you for coming.

When we fail it affects our security.

Count on the Lord’s constant acceptance and understanding.

HEB 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Most of our discouragement comes in a problem – focus and security.

2CO 10:12 For we are not bold to class or compare ourselves with some of those who commend themselves; but when they measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding.

It is a problem of perspective – given the right perspective, even a failure can look great.

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