Tag: Failure

What The Bible Says

My grace is enough; it’s all you need He said. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size–abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become. There’s more to come: I continue to shout His praise even when I’m hemmed in with troubles, because I know how troubles can develop passionate patience in me, and how that patience, in turn, forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping me alert for whatever God will do next. When my skin sags and my bones get brittle, God is my rock-firm and faithful. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. He says “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” #Failure  #Strength #Limitations



Isaiah 41:10 Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.

It’s been  a little while since I posted a daily reflection. I have been busy, with work and with other things. But tonight as I sit alone in a motel room I read the above verse and it motivated me to write.

Addiction is factual. There is no denying it. We can get addicted to so many things. Things that appeal to our ego’s and give a false impression that we are doing alright.  Things that life without them seems so unappealing and unbearable to us we can’t do without them. Things that can cause us bearable pain and acceptable discomfort. Things that if we want to live life differently and grow spiritually we need to consciously deny ourselves.

Physical adaption of self-denial is always rewarding, and morally character enhancing. we may ask ourselves “will I ever overcome _________? ”  Adopting an attitude of defeat when it comes to self-denial is a way to certain failure. Challenging our innermost spirit is the way to bring about physical change and spiritual growth in our lives.

Remember “WHEN I CAN’T GOD CAN.” He can make chaos disappear. He can bring order into our lives and give us the power to resist whatever temptations may present. He can become our motivation not just for living life overcoming our addictions but to living lives that excel above anything we can ever expect to achieve in our own strength. Personal, daily relationship with Him needs to become the central factor in our recovery and spiritual progress.


Let Go of Past Failures and Doubts

2 Corinthians 1:9  We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us, for he can even raise the dead.
Let God and Let God

Follow God’s Advice

Psalms 39:8 Save me from all the wrong things I’ve done. Don’t let foolish people make fun of me.

 Criticism from others comes in two forms constructive and destructive.

It is my experience people who want you to move forward in recovery offer constructive criticism and it is motivated by love. People who really don’t want you in recovery for whatever reason offer destructive criticism often to cover their own faults and failures.

With both forms of criticism, my advice is patience. Recovery is about getting to know God and yourself. Step seven is about changing your character to bring it into line with God’s character.

The best person to listen to when it comes to recovery is God. No matter what criticism you receive from others.

  • Are you listening to God?

The WORD For Recovery


 I’m ready to tell my story of failure, I’m no longer smug in my sin.  Anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up.  Jesus said, “If you were really blind, you would be blameless, but since you claim to see everything so well, you’re accountable for every fault and failure.


Psalms 38:18 ~ Galatians 3:10 ~ John 9:41

Success or failure can be pretty well predicted by the degree to which the heart is fully in it. John Eldredge

Never imagine you can be a loser by trusting God. C.H. Spurgeon

Remember: Failure isn’t permanent – unless you let it be …..

Beyond Failure

1 Chronicles 12:18Peace to you, And peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.” 

None of us are going to get it right all the time. One of my mentors regularly told me “You spell faith RISK!” And, you can’t take risks and always succeed. Failure is part of the process of success. How many people have you seen relapse and come back stronger?

Hebrews 10:36 says “You need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.” Too many people give up before the miracle happens. Recovery is a continual process of spiritual progress.

When we face problems in life and in recovery and we will. Jesus said  “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”  John 16:33 When, not if we face problems we need to call upon Him in heartfelt prayer. Believing He will answer us, believing He will help us. Beyond our failures, we need put our faith in Him understanding He has overcome the world and can deal with any obstacle life throws at us.



Daily Reflection September 18, 2016

The right motives

Psalms 90:17 Lord, make what we do succeed. Please make what we do succeed. God wants whatDaily Reflection Cover is best for us. If we follow His le ading and guidance we can expect success in the process of recovery.

Success by God’s standards is not the same as success by the world’s standards. Success by God’s standards does not mean immunity from difficulties of failure. When we are on the process of repairing relationships it may not always be easy. Success by God’s standards is not a guarantee of a good reception from others, their agreement to pursue repairing the relationship or them even being happy to meet or talk to us.

When we apply God’s wisdom to the process of repairing relationships He promises us that what we do, if done in the right spirit and with the right motives will be approved by Him.

– Whose approval are you seeking through repair of broken or damaged relationships?

Prayer: Lord make my motives pure.

God confronts our denial

Step 1:  We admitted that we were powerless over our problems—that our lives had become unmanageable.

In recovery God confronts us  directly with our sins, and calls us to acknowledge them. Addiction and compulsion leads to denial, and ,while we refuse to admit our sins and failures there is no hope for successful recovery.

We can receive help only after we have recognized that we have sinned. As long as we think we are all right, God cannot help us Life Recovery Bible pg1190


Beware if it is wrong, it is all wrong.

“………. I am the Lord. It was my law that you broke. You did not obey my commands. You decided to live like the nations around you.” Ezekiel 11:12

Addiction thrusts in nasty tentacles with poisonous effects. We do not recognize the damage and the danger until our life is infected with it, or of how morally destructive it is. For the addict there is no such thing as a harmless flutter, drink, drug etc. Beware if it is wrong, it is all wrong.

Denial comes when we do not anticipate its effects on us. We need to be aware of our own triggers and breaking points and not become complacent in the process of recovery. Our lives need to become centered in God’s law and we need to learn obedience to it. If we fail, we must remember that Jesus can use those who recognize their failure. From our humiliating experiences we can learn a lot that will help us as we move forward daily with Him.


Lord, I need firm conviction about the things that are wrong for me. Help me to disassociate myself with them and keep my life centered on You.

Acknowledge your failures.

Joshua 5:9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the shame of your slavery in Egypt.” So that place has been called Gilgal to this day.

We have to go through the process of acknowledging our failures and allowing God to remove our shame to obtain true, lasting, growing recovery.

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