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The Fear of Failing

The Fear of Failing
Perfect Love Casts Out Fear

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalms 37:23-24 (NKJV)

Most of us calculate our next move prior to making it.  We tend to think about or even plan out the bigger choices we are contemplating - weighing out our chances of success or failure.  It can be a relationship, a job, or just about any project we are thinking about. It can also be a challenge we are facing in our Christian walk, or a potential opportunity made available to us.  It is during these contemplative sessions when most of our failures will occur, and this is because it is here where we often default to quitting because of doubt or fear of failure before we even attempt something.  I guess we need to ask ourselves the question-

Q:    Why do we fear failure?

I think there can be many reasons for our fearing failure.  Pride is probably at the top of the list - worrying about what others may think of us.  After all, we live in a culture promoting success as the only acceptable outcome.  And with philosophies such as, "You are only as good as your last performance" being promoted, it is no wonder we tend to become paralyzed in complacency rather than risking failure in an attempt to find greatness.

Q:    So how should we deal with fear of failure as Christian men and women?  Or better yet, can we be assured success in what we are attempting?

I believe we need to look at what we are trying to accomplish first and then ask ourselves a set of questions.

  • Is what I am attempting to accomplish God's will to be done? (Rom. 12:1-2)
  • Do I feel God leading me to attempt this at this time? (John 16:3)
  • Do I believe God will provide what I need to accomplish what I feel He has called me to do? (cf Gen. 50:20-22)
  • Is what I am doing being done as if unto the Lord rather than man, and for His glory rather than mine? (Col. 3:17, 23) 

If we have asked these questions and have concluded God is still moving us in the direction of going forward, it is important for us to know we will be successful in our part - regardless or not of whether the hoped for goal is achieved in our desired manner or time frame. We can know this because of God's great promises within His Word -  promises to sustain us and to guide our footsteps (Prov. 37:23-24).  

Ultimately we need to remember we are simply one part in the equation - a willing vessel in our loving Father's hands to use as He wishes.  With this proper perspective we can be assured success in our part of His plan.  When we have this mindset to be used and we convey this to God, He is pleased to use us and we can be assured of His provisions, protection, and guidance.  This translates to total success every time and in every objective.   

At the end of the day, or of my life for that matter, I want to have the praise of my Lord, rather than the praise of men.  I love Him, and it is this love casting out my fear of any failure.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to ask God if there is something He desires to use you for.  Pray about it and you will be given a peace about it.  Now let God use you in an amazing way - in love.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 4:18, what can we learn about our fear?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to use you in whatever capacity He chooses?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord today and ask Him to show you where He may want to use you.  Don't fear failure because you have God on your side.

Father, thank You for showing me how I am not to fear failure.  Thank You for showing me how I can be successful in You.  Show me today what You want me to attempt to do and empower me to achieve all you desire.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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