“YOU FAILED! YOU BLEW IT! ONCE AGAIN, YOU FLUBBED IT! YOU’RE A LOSER!” Ouch! Words like that really sting. They echo in our hearts for years and years. And they affect us more than we realize. See, few things affect us like failure. Losing face. Feeling like we’ve made a fool of ourselves. It can make us afraid to try anything new – because we’re afraid we might fail and people would laugh at us. It can also make us give up if we try something and feel like we didn’t do too well.
That’s one reason why a lot of us end up leaving jobs, clubs and churches that we really love. We leave behind friends who really care about us and others who HOPED to get to know us.
Something happened and we feel like we’ve failed…and that people are laughing at us, or looking down at us. So we just skulk away feeling the hot sting of shame and embarrassment and we embark on the search for yet another group to try to get a new start in.
If there’s one thing you’ll learn at The Worship Center, it’s this: NOBODY HERE IS PERFECT AND WE DON’T EXPECT ANYONE ELSE HERE TO BE PERFECT EITHER. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES AND WE ALL ARE HERE TO HELP EACH OTHER MAKE IT.
It’s like this: If I can help you when you’re going through times of problems and hassles, you’ll be able to help me when I’m going through my times of problems and hassles. It’s that simple.
If you’re having troubles in the wee hours in the morning, you can CALL me. And, guess what? Once you’re up and on your feet, and I’m having problems in the wee hours of the morning, I probably will call YOU for an encouraging word!
So, don’t feel bad if you need to talk to me late at night or early in the morning. I don’t mind a bit. Plus, it means there’s ONE more person I can call whenever I need someone to talk to. I mean it.
No, YOU CAN’T “FAIL” YOUR WAY OUT OF THE WORSHIP CENTER, embarrass your way out, or be laughed out. The only way to drop out is to simply decide it’s not for you. But you can never realistically leave because you think you humiliated yourself and people are looking down on you.
That brings me to this week’s message, which I KNOW will encourage and strengthen you. We’re going to be looking at where Peter had failed. His failure put him in a position to let Jesus get on his boat. After he heard the Word, he went back out and succeeded in the very place where he had failed.
Here’s the way it happened: Peter and his crew had been out fishing all night, and had caught nothing. That meant the bills wouldn’t get paid. It meant that payroll wouldn’t get paid. It meant that payroll be met. It meant that things were going to get tight for not only Peter and his family, but also for his employees as well.
Then, Jesus came along and asked Peter if He could use Peter’s boat to teach from. So, since he had nothing else to do, Peter let Jesus come into his boat.
Jesus taught from Peter’s boat. Peter heard God’s Word. And THEN, Jesus told Peter what to do to take care of his problem.
See it? After Peter listened to the Word, he HEARD from Jesus what he needed to do, and he got the faith to do it! “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word.”
You have to try again. YOU WON’T CATCH ANY FISH UNTIL YOU LET DOWN YOUR NET.
A word from God will touch your spirit and change your life…it’ll set you on fire to do what you’ve been saying you CAN’T do! To be what you’ve been saying you can’t be. To SEE what you COULDN’T see. Eventually, you’ll begin to SEE! Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path!
You don’t have to live in defeat or face that problem alone! That’s what it takes to get solutions from God. To LISTEN to the Word. Then faith comes. NEXT you hear from God as to WHAT to do.
We’ll explore the four areas we need faith in so we can make it. We need to have accurate or Biblical faith instead of just believing what other people SAY what the Bible says.
First, you need to have a Biblical faith in God. Believing that God is kind, big, understanding, generous, and powerful and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. He’s the God that gives you a second chance. He’s easy to get along with.
Second, you have to have faith in God’s spiritual laws and principles. It’s having the understanding that it’s not just knowing how they work, but having them quickened by the Holy Spirit. “The letter kills but the Spirit gives life.”
Third, you need to have faith in God’s ability to work through other people. There’s relatively little you can accomplish until you start trusting other people. You have to release your faith into other people into other faithful people.
As you grow in your walk with God and your understanding of spiritual law, you’ll begin to recognize trustworthiness and faithfulness in other people. You’ll see the hand of God in their lives.
And last, you need faith in yourself. Trust God’s dealings in your life. The Bible says your faith starts really working when you acknowledge the GOOD things that are in you (NOT the BAD things) by Christ Jesus. That’s in Philemon 1:6.
It’s the acknowledging or yielding to what God has put into your life through Jesus that activates your faith. That’s how Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”