Failure/Responsibility

Failure is not a word we like to talk about in our world today, but it is such an important topic to look at. If you avoid talking about failure, how do we ever expect to learn anything? Another thing that goes right alongside failure, is responsibility. Both of these topics may not be something we want to look at, but they are so very important. Failure is something that happens in everyone’s life. We all fail at things in life, even in our relationship with Jesus Christ. This is something that David knew about all too well. David was a man after God’s own heart, that doesn’t mean that he was perfect, far from it. David had his fair share of mistakes and failures, but it’s how David dealt withhis failures that’s important.

You see David was the greatest King that Israel had ever seen. David was such a great man of faith, he trusted God in all things and he did some great things under God’s anointing. Before David came into the picture, Israel was in a bad way. Before David arrived there was a prophet name Samuel and he had been leading Israel back to God. Samuel had been doing this for a while and when he got up in years, Israel demanded a King. So God gave them a King. The first King of Israel was named was Saul. Saul started out good and followed God, but as time went on, Saul became excedingly proud. He started to take things into his own hands and stopped trusting God. So God removed him as king and made David King. David, as I said before, was a man after God’s own heart. That means that he sought God in all things and trusted Him totally. Things went well. God blessed David for a long time, then David began to slip. David had failures in his life lots of times. Especially when he was King. There came a time for war. You see, back then the King was to go with the soldiers and be at the battlefield. David always did this except one time when he decided to not to go. One night, while the soldiers were gone, David allowed his eyes to be turned onto a beautiful woman. He was walking around on the roof of his house. Back then, it was common practice to walk outside on the top of your home at night because of the heat. So this is what he was doing, and he looked across and saw a beautiful woman bathing. He had her brought to him, and he slept with her and she became pregnant. The problem with this is, she was another man’s wife. Well David now had a problem, because the woman was pregnant. So not only did he fail, he tried to cover it up by sending her husband to the front lines of war. Because of this, her husband was killed. David thought he was in the clear now, right? You can’t hide things from God. David was doing so good with trusting and seeking God, but he let his thoughts and desires dictate his actions. He failed and he failed hard, but even though he failed, look how he responds when he gets caught…

2 Samuel 12:1-13 (NIV2011) 1 The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the LORD by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 11 “This is what the LORD says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’ ” 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied, “The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.

David messed up, but he also took responsibility when he was confronted with it, and he repented for what he did. You see that’s the thing…God already knows we’re going to mess up…it’s how we deal with it when we do. God wants us to choose to follow Him. However, He knows we’re going to sin, but the difference is what are you going to do when you sin? Are you going to repent and ask for God’s forgiveness? Or are you going to try and lie and cover it up? And as I said before, you can’t hide anything from God. There is no sin unforgivable, but in order to be forgiven, you have to turn away from the sin and that’s what repent means. We’re all going to make mistakes, but when we do, we have a responsibility to repent from that failure and seek God’s forgiveness. We are all sinners. No one sinner is worse than another. We all get forgiveness for our failures the same way. We are all saved by God’s loving Grace through Jesus Christ in the sacrifice He gave for us. He’s waiting for you. Don’t try to hide your failures from God. Repent and turn away from your sins and accept the gift He gave us all in Jesus Christ and you will be saved. He’s waiting for you.

Will you accept the responsibility?

Adam Losekamp

Words of Life Evangelism

I Choose!

We are all faced with choices in our lives and those choices have consequences.  What will you choose in those times of trouble? Come along with me as we look at Paul and Silas and how they chose to respond in their times of trouble.

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Why do Doubt?

Why do we doubt when it comes to God? This is not a new thing. People have been doubting God since the beginning of time. We tend to put more trust and belief in perfect strangers just because they have a title behind their name rather than to believe God. This is a hard thing to swallow especially with as much sin and evil that is in the world, but do you know that sin and evil has not increased it is just more publicized now than it was before? I’ve said before that truth is relative and it’s what ever people want it to be. Now, there is only one truth and that’s God’s truth. Jesus Christ is the truth and life. There is no other way for us to make it to the Father except through Jesus Christ! The hard part about our world is there’s a big chunk of people that don’t believe that. Maybe they are on the fence or they have been burned by someone and that makes them doubt God. A lot of times we allow others to dictate what we do and what we believe or we allow the circumstances of life that are surrounding us dictates our path. This is not a new issue. The disciples had this same problem and they walked with Jesus, and saw the miracles He preformed. There are several instances that I can give you where the disciples doubted, but just because they doubted, doesn’t mean the Jesus got rid of them. He didn’t just throw them away He loved them and taught them. In Matthew, we see Jesus sending his disciples to the other side of the sea. When they were about half way across, the disciples saw someone walking and they thought it was a ghost.

Matthew 14:27-31 (NIV2011)

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

Why did he sink? Because he doubted what Jesus told him. He took his eyes off of God and when we do that we start to sink. Peter would have been able to walk out to Jesus and walk the rest of the way across the water if it wasn’t for his doubt. I know life is messy. I know that things get rough and there are times that there is more month than money. Or, maybe you’ve got the bad diagnosis of cancer or you are facing other big problems. It’s very easy for us to stand and worry rather than believe because we can see the problem, but that’s where we need to trust and believe all the more. I’m not saying that problems aren’t important, but do we really believe that the Almighty God, the one that said Let it Be to the universe and it was?

Do we honestly believe that if He did all of that, that He can’t take care of our money issues or health issues or what ever issues it is? Where is our faith in God?

Why do we doubt? Why do we allow people or our circumstances to dictate when we trust and believe God? If we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ then He will get us through. There might be bumps, but with Him we can weather the storm and make it through If you’ll trust him and believe.

Do you believe?

Adam Losekamp

Words of Life Evangelism