Glory Seed Devotional, 02/17/2015

Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise

We are not failures…

Because I have sinned I have failed because to sin is to fail ultimately, but I am not a failure. “In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 34:6, NLT)

I have failed as a son, husband, father, uncle, friend, Christian, minister, writer, employee, and even as a stranger, but I am not a failure. “In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles.” (Psalm 34:6, NLT)

I am not a failure because I understand and experience failure not be an ending but a challenge because “my future is not determined by the number of times I stumble and fall but by the number of times I acknowledge I’ve failed and then turn to Jesus who forgives me, picks me up, dusts me off, and sends me down God’s path.”

Paul writes, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins.” (Romans 3:22-24 NLT) Paul reminds us that even though we fail/fall our hope lies beyond ourselves, beyond the grave in the far reaches of God’s love as illustrated through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.

Jesus took our failures/sins to the cross with him then into the grave where they remain forever. We are not failures, we are followers of Jesus, children of the Living God!

Anticipate! Experience! Believe! Be transformed!

Grace and PEACE, Amen!

Gary

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 LEB)

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

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