FAILURE :- what the devil says, what God says

Sunday 15th August 2010 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh

Isaiah 61 1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

In order to be successful one must first fail do not let failure keep you down, every failure brings with it a seed of equivalent success.

Quotes from some successful people:-

  • Henry Ford – failure is the opportunity to begin again this time more wisely
  • Thomas Edison – I have not failed I have just found ten thousand ways that do not work
  • Mary Pickford – If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.

How you look at failure will determine if you stay down or if you are pushed forward. You may be in a state of continuous disappointments but the Glory is in the rising and coming out. People who cannot accept failure cannot succeed. When you fail you are able to look back because you were able to come out of the failure and could now look forward towards your future. The devil will use your failure as a constant reminder to block your success but you can tell that devil “that was my past, I faced it then and I am moving forward”

Failure is a teacher for those who choose to take the time to learn.” You may have failed and felt depressed but take time to step back and realize I’ve tried it one way I will try it another way. Learn from your mistakes and shortfalls so those weaknesses will become strengths the next time around.


(i) not being able to complete or be sufficient

(ii) unaccomplished

(iii) incompetent

(iv) losing authority

(v) cessation of life, death says to life you have failed it is the end and the body has failed.

(vi)  a reduction in activity – become inactive because we feel as though the things we do on a daily basis are failing and we no longer have the drive to strive 1 Corinthians 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away

(vii) falling short/behind, slowed in the race – failure tells us the failures which have gone before us will impact on our future. Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled

Failure is an event not a person!!! Every event in your life which has brought failure has an effect on you, you are not a failure but the event has caused you to fail in some area of your life and failure is a product of that event.  Praise is a weapon of warfare when failure comes at you and the effects of failure have brought you down, you look at yourself and you don’t feel to do anything anymore, depression has come upon you, Praise Him, in the midnight hour Praise Him. The devil dislikes those who can still Praise God even though they have failed. Despite what Job was going through he still praised God. Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives

Isaiah was sent to the people to preach to them – the Messiah will come and he will bring certain things to certain people.


1)      Effect- Brokenheartedness – which could have been as a result of failed relationships. Release (Isaiah 61 1he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted)

2)      Allows the enemy to bring people into a place of captivity – (Isaiah 61 1 to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound)

3)      Sorrow & oppression – (Isaiah 61 2 to comfort all that mourn 3 to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning) David failed as a leader and father when he gave into temptation to Bathsheba and sinned. When Nathan came to ask David what he would do if a man slept with another man’s wife, David reply surely he shall die. (2 Samuel 11 & 12). David would be a failure to the nation and he displeased God he would put on the sackcloth and ashes to repent for his sin. Thank God Jesus came and gave us beauty for ashes. David was a man after Gods’ own heart although he failed out of it God raised up Solomon

4)      Spirit of Heaviness – you have come out of the failure but still feel a heavy weight on your shoulders, failure has left behind a spirit of heaviness but God says I’m about to exchange the cloak of heaviness for the garment of praise (Isaiah 61 3 the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness). If you continue to entertain the negative words of the enemy you will stay down in the effects of failure, Gods’ about to give you a jumpstart, you don’t have to stay down you’re about to come out.

5)      Hinders movement, growth, upward strive – when a seed is planted thorns and thistles may grow alongside it, these thorns and thistles are the effects of failure which choke your prosperity and your ability to pray. You tried to pluck them out but left some and they continue to choke you but the Lord says in Isaiah 61:3 that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. Failure is just for a time, when the tree starts to grow up and its’ roots go deep into the ground you can no longer see the thorns and thistles.

The Bible gives an account of Moses, Samson, Jonah, Thomas and Saul.

At the time when Moses was born Pharaoh made a decree to kill all first born males. Moses’ mother would put him in a basket and send him down the river where Pharaohs’ daughter would find him, take him into the palace and take care of him. The person who was trying to kill him would be his place of refuge. Later in the account of Moses he would kill a man and failure would dictate that he was a murderer but God doesn’t care about your failure as Moses would then become one of the Greatest Leaders ever recorded.

God raised up Samson to lead Israel out of the Philistines’ oppression. But Samson had a weakness he compromised himself and was seduced by Delilah and his strength was cut off (his hair). The man who was once feared became humble as he failed in what he was set out to do. The Philistines ridiculed Samson and tied him in the center of their celebrations but when men see your failures God sees your heart. Samson cried out to God and confessed his sins, The Spirit of the Lord came upon him and his hair started to grow back, Samson held the pillars and shook the temple. It is recorded that more Philistines were killed here than ever before, what was Samson’s greatest failure became his greatest victory.

Jonah was instructed by God to go to Nineveh (the capital of Assyria – a powerful nation and most feared) and preach to them about repentance and the consequences of their wicked ways. Jonah failed in obeying the commission of God and went through many hard times because of his disobedience. Although he failed God protected him in the mouth of the whale to fulfill his purpose. The day you stop running away from God he will take you out of the belly of failure and launch you out and your failures would bring you to a place of purpose and success.

Thomas / “Doubting Thomas” – was a disciple who doubted the other disciples when they told him Jesus was alive. Jesus came to Thomas and said “place your hand in my side”, Thomas responded “Lord I believe” and he reconfirmed himself in his visitation with Jesus. Thomas then travelled to India and preached the gospel but later died there, it is said that he had one of the greatest and successful ministries which went unrecognized.

Saul persecuted Christians and one day he was confronted by Jesus, his name was changed to Paul and he went from persecuting Christians to being persecuted for Christ. Paul wrote many books in the New Testament and although he failed he became a success in Gods’ Kingdom.

The account of these men shows that although they failed at what they set out to do, God still preserved them and protected them to fulfill his purpose. When people look at your circumstances and see the failures, God knows your future and what the world says doesn’t impact what God says.

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