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Failure Adds Confidence? Part 1

Failure adds confidence?  This seems sort of backwards on the surface.  You would think failure would cause insecurity but that is not the case in the Christian Way of Life.  When out of fellowship with God, failure does bring insecurity and self condemnation but when we are in fellowship, God uses failure as a launching pad for growth.  Failure brings us face to face with the impossibility of the self life(sin nature) to please God. 

The lesson of sin and failure isn’t doing better next time or finally overcoming sins.  It’s gaining confidence in God’s relationship towards us and His work to transform our lives.  God’s goal for me isn’t the eradication of sins and arrogance.  I think He is well aware of the fact that I’ll have a sin nature in my flesh till I die.  I think the goal is putting off the sin and arrogance we get so easily entangled in and living in the new nature through rebound(1John 1:9).  Since we get so easily entangled, we will have to put off the sin nature and it’s sins a lot. The sin nature isn’t going to get more righteous, it’s simply not possible to eradicate even one sin from it’s roster.  Even if we think we are on firm grounding because we are eliminating one sin after another in our experience it may just be that we have gotten really disciplined at avoiding the ugly sins we don’t like.  That doesn’t mean we are becoming more spiritual.  God isn’t more pleased with me because I sin less.  He is pleased with His New Nature inside me and my choosing to live in it and stay in it as much as possible. 

Living in my sin nature isn’t going to glorify God even if it cleans up it’s act.  The beauty of God’s plan in this is that the natural result of putting off the “old man” and putting on the “new” is less time lived in the sin nature and more time in the plan of God for my life.  There may be less actual “sins” committed but they will still be committed even if maybe less frequently.  We should never be shocked at the sins we commit or the arrogance we fall into.  We need to rebound and get back in the plan of God. 

Lets say for example that someone has a problem with gossip.  They know it’s wrong and they fall into it so easily but one day they become very convicted that they must stop gossiping.  So they work hard at stopping and they succeed.  Only now it’s not that they are living in the new man necessarily it’s that they have trained the sin nature to stop one particular behavior.  Not doing “bad” things can make life easier and less painful but it doesn’t make you spiritual.  As we get older we do tend to outgrow some of our more obvious flaws and learn to avoid the things that make us feel bad or cause negative consequences but yet again, the sin nature hasn’t actually gotten any better it’s just changed it’s operation.  We will actually believe that the better we behave the more pleasing to God we are.  This is a complete deception.  Spiritual living is living in the perfect new nature which cannot sin anyway.  The sin nature begs for our attention and tempts us continually and when we choose to listen to it and let it control our soul we sin.  When we choose to rebound(1John1:9) we listen to God the Holy Spirit and He controls our soul putting us back in fellowship.  Why am I repeating myself?  Mostly for my own benefit.  The whole process is repeated innumerable times till we die.  I can’t be reminded enough.  I never get tired of getting back in fellowship, it’s the sin nature I get tired of.  And if you say you have no sin (1John1:8) as in, you have conquered your worst sins one by one and have become more pleasing to God, then the Bible says the truth is not in you and you are deceiving yourself.  We never outgrow rebound and fellowship with God or the struggle to not live in the sin nature.  God being fully understanding of our dual natures made provision so that we would not ruin ourselves with the effects of the sin nature.   A way out, an easy transition from sin, to spirituality.  It always comes back to volition.  At every moment the choice is ours.   More on this subject next time.

Keep Sailing,
Mary

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Learning To Sit,Walk and Stand Part 1

Sharing my Bible Doctrine experiences with the world is a trepidatious path.  As I was discussing with a friend last night, most of it is failure and embarrassment.  Generally it’s only after a lot of failure that I succeed at any application at all.  I think though that there might be some value in being an open book.  I suppose it is a way of laying down your life – so to speak.  Plus failure and embarrassment are only failure and embarrasment if you stay there.  Once you lay that aside it begins to be success. 

Success has actually been a theme in our recent Bible lessons.  I don’t think I can embark on this discussion of Sit Walk and Stand without first touching on the subject of success.  We as believers, especially doctrinal believers are hyper focused on success I think.  The truth is amazing and as you receive it, your understanding about the Spiritual Life broadens.  You learn how knowing God through His word sets you apart.  You have the opportunity to solve problems and think the way God does.  You also learn that with all that opportunity comes great responsibility.  You might actually end up a losing believer(not receiving all your rewards) through hearing the word of God, understanding it and then not applying it.  The warning is valid it comes right from God.  If we can succeed then we can also lose out.  So success and failure become a focal point.  We were focusing on learning God’s word, knowing Him, and living out that relationship through application but now we are hyper focused on our failures, just certain that they will rob us of success. 

I think as we get our eyes off the Lord and onto our performance (or lack there of) we miss the point of the warning.  We don’t really understand what the failure is that leads to a wasted life.  Likewise we misunderstand success. 

 At this point it gets a little sticky because I can only express what I understand about these things and I cannot give anyone the doctrine they must learn for themselves and I am fairly certain I don’t have it mastered or I wouldn’t be struggling with this issue almost daily. 

What I understand about failure is that I will fail a lot and failures can be turned into success through rebound (1 John 1:9).  True failure that leads to a wasted life is abandonment of God’s Word given through my right Pastor Teacher.  Failure is also hearing that same Word of God and becoming so apathetic or familiar towards it that application no longer matters.  I hear and understand but I refuse to apply. Stubbornness.  

So If I fail to apply am I a loser?  No, not necessarily, because who doesn’t fail to apply often.  Everyone fails.  It’s only the person who will not apply and will not rebound(1 John 1:9) who ends up in true failure.  Failing and confessing the failure to the Father leads to success through His ability to transform your thinking. 

What I understand about success is that if you never quit and you go forward no matter how much you fail, you will succeed.  You will be a winner and recieve the blessings that God has already assigned to you for time and eternity.  The greatest of those blessings I believe to be the intimate personal relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit whom you have glorified and who’s essence has been portrayed by your life.  When life becomes all about Christ in you and you in Him, that is the ultimate success.  All the other blessings of life mean nothing if someday I don’t have that in fullest measure.

So obviously I want to succeed.  I believe it is possible and promised.  Sinless perfection isn’t even a requirement, only positive volition. 

As I share things about my life that seem more like sitting, stumbling and crawling than sitting, walking and standing.  I think it helps to consider what the real goal of the Spiritual life is all about. 

A quote from Bible class  “Success usually occurs in private but failure in full public view”

Keep Sailing,
Mary

 

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