The Mindset Of Accepting Failure
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. People often look for ways out of what is expected (Luke 14:16-24).
1. “Another time” mindset (Acts 24:24-25).
2. “Cannot help it” excuses (Exodus 32:22-28).
B. Understand that, there is no acceptable excuse for failure in regard to God’s will (Romans 1:16-20; 2:1).
1. We will not be judged on a basis of what we think we can or cannot do (Psalms 62:12 and Matthew 16:27; cf. Titus 3:14).
2. You cannot make your own standard of what is pleasing to God (Proverbs 21:2, Luke 18:9-14, and IICorinthians 10:18; cf. John 12:48).
II. Body: Don’t Invent Giants (Numbers 13:17-33).
A. God doesn’t demand the impossible from you, as He only asks what He equips us to do (II Corinthians 3:4-5; cf. IITimothy 3:16-17).
1. God knows what He requires is possible, for Jesus proved it Himself (Hebrews 4:14-16).
2. After proving it is possible to live sinlessly, Jesus said to do it like He did (IPeter 2:21-22 and IPeter 4:1-2; cf. IJohn 2:3-6).
B. God expects perfection (Matthew 5:48, IICorinthians 13:11, and Colossians 4:12).
1. Be holy (IICorinthians 7:1, Ephesians 1:4, and IPeter 1:13-16).
2. Sin not (John 8:1-11, ICorinthians 15:34, and IITimothy 2:19).
3. IF, not WHEN, failure occurs; confess and repent (Proverbs 28:13, Ezekiel 14:6, and Acts 17:30; cf. IJohn 2:1) rather than give up and fail completely (IITimothy 4:10).
C. Rather than expecting failure, be properly confident (Ephesians 3:11-12, Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 3:14, and IJohn 2:28).
1. Not confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3).
2. Have the kind of confidence that comes through faith and godliness (IITimothy 1:12, IITimothy 4:6-8, and Hebrews 6:9-12).
III. Conclusion: Be an “I CAN” person (Philippians 4:13).
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