The Preacher's Special Sermon
FAILURE IS NOT FATAL
PROVERBS 24: 16
As a Pastor, I have to deal with people often that have had a failure in their lives. They are good folks that for any number of reasons have allowed to Devil to entice them and they fell victim to his trap of sin.
I never want to give the impression that I agree with or condone sin, I do not. But, I realize that we are all human and we have some
failures in this life.
There is one word that I would like to emphasize this morning. I would like every person to see clearly that God personally gives this word to each of us.
That word is HOPE.
Someone told me that there is a place, a hospital somewhere on the West coast that has inscribed over the door. NO HOPE. If someone has a hopeless medical condition, they will send them to this place.
My friend, God does not intend for the Christian to feel that he belongs in a place like that, no matter what his condition. If you are saved and you are breathing, you have hope.
I know I spend a lot of time warning people about the effects and the dangers of sin. That is necessary and I plan to keep on doing that. I believe that we ought to do all we can to keep from falling into the Devilís trap of sin.
It is a truth that there is no provision for failure in the Bible. God never expects His children to fail. But there is provision if you do fail. God loves you no matter what.
The truth of this life is that there is not a place that you can climb that you can be assured that you cannot fall. Some of the greatest people in history have been those that have failed many times.
Books have been written about people like Abraham Lincoln that failed and failed until one day he met great success. Those books and stories are good and we need them.
But, at the same time, we pay very little attention to those in the Bible that met with failure and God eventually gave them great victory.
Because we have not looked to the Bible for these examples, we have the wrong picture of God. He is not some mean-spirited tyrant that is looking for an opportunity to punish us for every thing we do that is wrong.
This Bible says the a just man may fall, but he will get up again. We must take these examples and learn from them.
Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition......
The first thing we need to learn is that God is not looking for a quitter as an example. The world is full of quitters that say the Church is bad because they tried to do right and something happened so they quit.
God said, donít look at that crowd, look at the just ones who may have failed but they keep getting up and trying to do right. A quitter will never be justified.
I want to tell you this morning that your failure is not fatal, get up, dust yourself off and start again. For Godís sake, donít quit.
Letís look at a few examples in Godís Word:
1 - ABRAHAM FAILED, BUT IT WAS NOT FATAL
Abraham is mentioned more in the New Testament than any other man. He was called the friend of God. I believe everyone in this room would like to be known as the friend of God.
But Abraham lied. That ought to give a lot of us hope. Abraham
purposely planned to tell a lye. But he got up and went on for the Lord. He did not quit. He did not say, well I failed so I can never please God. No, he got up.
Abraham committed adultery. He took his wifeís handmaiden and bore a child that caused Godís people a lot of trouble. He didnít say, well that another failure, I guess Iíll quit.
No, he got up and went on. Some of you have thought of quitting for a lot less that this. But God is looking for some friends in this room this morning. The just that will get up from their failures and keep on.
Abraham disobeyed Godís orders and went to Egypt. He could have done like some Baptist I know. He could have said, I know what I was supposed to do, but I didnít do it so I will just sit in Church and give up.
I tried doing like the preacher and the Bible said, but itís hard and I think I will quit. You will loose hope if you quit. Get up and keep your eyes on the Lord. There is always hope in Him.
Failure is not fatal.
You see, before Abraham lied, before he committed adultery, before his faith got weak and he went down the Egypt, God told him that He would make him a great nation.
He had a promise from God and he kept his eyes on the promise and not the failures. God did not major on the failures either. God stuck with His Word and He will do the same thing for you.
He said I will never leave you nor forsake you and He will stick to His Word.
He said I will supply all your needs and He will stick to His Word.
He said He will help you do all things and He will stick to His Word.
Sure Abraham failed, sure he shouldnít have done those things, sure it cost him, but he kept his hope in God and God said he was a man of faith and the friend of God.
Failure is not fatal.
2 - MOSES FAILED, BUT IT WAS NOT FATAL
Not one person here could do what this great man did for the Lord.
He had to put up with 3 1/2 million complaining, gripping Baptist. There were not too many compliments, mostly complaints and
But wait, he killed a man. He had been told that God was going to use him, but he got in a hurry. He was a man beating one of the
Israelites and he killed him.
You may think that was OK, but the Bible was true for Moses just as it is true for us. It is wrong to murder. Moses murdered a man and buried him in the sand.
But he didnít go join a liberal Church and quit on God. He did what all just Christians should do when they fall, he got up.
I believe what I am preaching this morning and many Baptist will claim that they believe it too. But as soon as someone fall into a trap set by Satan, they want to kick them out of the Church and ruin their name all over town.
Someone said that Baptist are the only group that bury their dead. I believe that there are a lot of other Christians groups that do the same. We ought to be helping them get up and go on for the Lord.
As I said, Iím not talking about excusing, condoning, or hiding sin, but when a people seek help to get up from a fall, we have an obligation to help them.
Moses fell, but he got up. Failure was not fatal.
Then we find him on the back side of the desert. He looked over at a bush burning but not consumed and heard the voice of the Lord. He argued with God and would not do all that God told him to do.
That was a failure, but he got up and went on for the Lord. His
failure was not fatal.
Also, do you remember that he lost his temper and smote the rock twice instead of once as God told him. It was wrong and it cost him the privilege of going into the Promised Land.
But Moses did not get mad at God and go join the Philistines. He knew that he failed, he accepted the consequences and he got up and went on for the Lord.
His failure was not fatal.
He did not major on his failure and neither did God. God still used this man with all that failure. He gave him the law, He used him to lead the people out of bondage, He took him up on the mountain to speak with him.
His failure was not fatal.
God knew all about each failure before it happened and He still called and chose Moses. He knows all about your failures even before you fail and He still is calling you to fallow and serve Him this morning.
Get up and allow Him the opportunity to do a work in your life.
3 - NOAH FAILED BUT IT WAS NOT FATAL
For 120 years he stayed in the will of God and did not waver. The Bible said that he found favor with God. He built the Ark in the midst of the most adverse circumstances imaginable.
The Children sing songs about him, millions of sermons have been preached about him. There is no doubt that Noah was a great man of God.
But Noah got drunk. So drunk that he passed out. He willfully drank the liquor and passed out on his sofa. He failed. Did God kill him or makes his name forgotten by everybody.
Noah did not say, well it is all over, God has forgotten about me so Iíll just quit. No, he did what the just are supposed to do. He got up.
His failure was not fatal.
Listen, donít let the Devil or any body else beat you down and defeat you because of your failure. The song writer said, take your burden to the Lord and leave them there. Bezetís translation, confess it and get up and go on for the Lord.
4 - SAMUEL FAILED BUT IT WAS NOT FATAL
This priest, a great man of God that God used to lead a nation and direct a great kingdom. He failed with his kids. They were as wicked as any heathen in the land.
He knew it, he did not deny it, but he didnít quit on God. He failed but he got up.
His failure was not fatal.
I know that there may be some broken hearted parents in this room today. I know that your children may not be what you had hoped and prayed that they would be. I know that you feel that you have failed.
I do not know your circumstance, maybe you did fail, but it is not
fatal. God loves you and them and as long as you get up and go on for the Lord there is always hope.
Hope disappears when you sit down and say, it is no use, I think Iíll quit. An unjust parent will never be able to see their children come back to the Lord. The just ones that get up from their failure and go on for the Lord always have hope.
We all hold fast to the memory of great men like Billy Sunday, J. Frank Norris, and many others that had their kids do wrong, but they got up and went on for the Lord.
Their failures were painful and costly, but they were not fatal. God majored on the victories for them and He will do the same thing for you.
If you have failed with your family, itís not fatal, get up.
If you know someone that has failed with their family, donít give up on them, help them up so they can go on for the Lord.
Failure does not have to be fatal.
I want you to know one thing this morning. If you fail in any of these areas, you can believe that this preacher still loves you and he is always on your side. I will be here to help you get up and go on for the Lord.
I want to be in the hope giving business not the writing off business. There is grace and hope for every person in this room because God loves you and wants to see you get up from your failure.
There are some scarred folks in this room that got up from their
failures and God is using them in a wonderful way.
Sin in never pleasant, but it does not have to be fatal. I wish everyone did what was right all the time and they never failed, but it happens and there ought to be a place and a preacher that will help them rise up.
I am going to preach as hard as I can on every sin that I can think of, but at the same time I want this Church to be a lighthouse for those that have failed and are seeking to rise up again.
This is a hospital for the sick and injured of this world that need a place to find healing. Christ is the answer for the lost, and He is the answer for the saved that have failed.
Maybe you marriage broke up and you have gone through the agony of divorce. That is awful, but it does not have to be fatal. God will allow you the opportunity to rise up again.
Sure there will be scars, sure there will be some limitations, but it does not have to be fatal. You can rise up from that failure and go on for the Lord.
I wish people would listen to God, His Word and His preacher, but many times they donít and they fail. But God still loves them and wants to see them rise up.
Victory Baptist Church, you need to listen to me, it may be you or your children that fall one day. Then you will want those here to love them and help them rise up. Then you make sure you are ready to do that for others today.
We are not the judge and jury for those things that are Godís. We are merely His instruments for helping those who seek it to rise up from their failure.
Iím doing all that I can to see that the failures do not come, but if and when they do, I want to do all I can to help them rise up.
Thank God failure is not fatal.
I guess that is why God allows some rascals like myself to get right with Him and calls them into the ministry so there can be someone with a heart to help restore the fallen.
Listen to what God has to say about this:
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and
restore comforts unto him.....
God want to restore you today. There is great comfort for those that come to God after failure. Failure is not fatal.
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD...........
The Bible tells us that by His stripes we are healed. That is for those that have failed as well as for anybody else.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual,
restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
The Church and all those that claim to know the Lord, we have a
responsibility to do the Lord work. Part of that work is giving hope to those that have failed. We must tell them, Failure is not fatal.
David failed, but it was not fatal.
Paul failed, but it was not fatal.
Peter failed, but it was not fatal.
Jeremiah failed and wanted to quit, but it was not fatal.
Many in this room have failed, but it was not fatal.
The list is long, but Jesus looked at each on and said, I am not your enemy, I am your friend. The greatest friend is one that sticks with you even in times of failure.
Jesus is your greatest friend this morning. He loves you even in your failure. He is calling for you to rise up from your failure and let Him restore you.
Teen-ager, sin is always bad and it will cost you dearly, but it does not have to be fatal. God lives you and will restore you.
Adult, you will not get away with sin. It is bad and has a terrible price, but it does not have to be fatal. You can be restored.
Parents, your failure with your family is painful and you wish you could change it all, but it does not have to be fatal.
What ever your failure this morning, come to the best friend you have. Come to Jesus. He is waiting to restore you.
There is no valid excuse for sin, But thank God He has given us a place of repentance this morning. Would you come to that place?
Over the door of that hospital were the words, NO HOPE. That is not the case with you this morning. There is hope in Jesus, always.
FAILURE IS NOT FATAL.
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again....