Last week we talked about the fear of rejection that affects must of us and how we can be free from that. Today we are going to continue the series of Inherited Fears with the number 2 fear:
Fear of failure.
We all had to learn to walk, and along the way we fell many times, what caused us to walk today is that we did not give up.
What is a failure? This is the opposite result to what was expected. It is a fall or distressing and sometimes embarrassing situation that was not expected. Because all the expectations were that everything would turn out well, but it turned out very badly. Our society does not prepare us for failure, on the contrary, it is mocking and implacable with those who fail, but it celebrates and admires those who do well. But the reality is that life is made up of countless and inevitable failures.
In the Bible we can find stories of several people who had misfortunes but in the end their faith in God helped them get up and change the course of their lives. We have the story of Job who lost everything from children, business and even his physical health, and in the end, he was given back 7 times what he lost. The story of Joseph who was kidnapped by his own brothers who tried to kill him and sold him as slave, then was unjustly accused of rape and was imprisoned for many years, and finally left prison and held a position of superior authority in the government. And the story of King David who had been despised by his father and his brothers, persecuted by the king to kill him, betrayed by his own son who wanted to take his place and also kill him, and yet he was made king of his country and He stayed in his assignment for as long as he was supposed to, no one could take him away. And we can find many other stories like these, of people who went through many difficulties to achieve their goal but did not lose heart. “We must not tire of doing good. If we don’t give up, we will have a good harvest at the right time.” Galatians 6:9.
The fear of failure can be paralyzing, it prevents us from moving forward in life in all areas. There are people who do not start a business, a ministry, do not get married, do not have a career, do not use a talent, do not have children, do not come to the way of the Lord because they fear that things will not go well and they will end up failing. A phrase that is part of my language is: “Everything in life is a risk.” Getting out of bed is a risk, eating is a risk, bathing is a risk, driving is a risk, walking is a risk. If we evaluate the things we do on a daily basis, most of the things we do imply that we are taking the risk that they will not turn out well. But since they are habits that we have formed over time and they have become normal, we do not stop to think, but the truth is that almost all our daily activities are risky.
There are things that just thinking about them could frighten us, because we have simply never done them, we tried it once and it did not work out for us, we heard of someone who did not succeed either or it simply seems that very few managed to do it. For example, starting a new business can be scary for some people, because you have to face the unknown. Not knowing how to present a product or service, not knowing where and how to get clients, being afraid to speak in public, or the fear of what people will think if things go well or not, are part of the main fears of those that an entrepreneur, or any person who wants to start a new project in his life have to face . Many things and inventions that went well was because someone did not stop trying and failed many times until it turned out as expected.
How sad it would be to look back a year from now and realize that we did not do what we knew was good and that it could have turned out well for fear of failure.
So, we have no escape from the risk of failure? No, what we must not do is allow fear to paralyze us. There are things that I have done and they have turned out excellent, and I was very afraid of failure but I didn’t stop for that and finally I succeeded.
I will briefly tell you the story of someone who lived only a few years but made every day of his life effective and fulfilled his purpose completely. This man was born in a precarious and almost unhuman situation, since he was born in a place that was the animal room or shelter. He grew up in a time when there was no Internet, no airplanes, no mechanical or automatic vehicles, not even bicycles, but he walked many miles every day to announce a verdict of life to those on death row, to feed the hungry, heal the sick and defend the weak and free them from what oppressed them. Before he died, he said that he understood that the people who would live in this time would suffer but He encouraged us not to give up because he defeated the powers that rule this world. His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Only He has the power to free us from the fear of failure. Because he did not fail in his assignment to pay the fine that each human being owed, and he managed to obtain forgiveness for all of us who believe in him and can spend all eternity with him starting from the day we decide to receive him and believe in him.
What solution do you offer for the fear of failure?
Open your heart to Jesus Christ and he will set you free from the fear of failure.
This is the day of salvation. Come to Christ today, and receive the gift of eternal life.
“I have told you all this so that, united with me, you may find peace. In the world you will have sufferings; but take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
If you want to be free from the fear of failure, pray this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, I ask your forgiveness for my sins, I repent with all my heart, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he died for my sins and rose on the third day, and I ask that you receive me as your son and free yourself from the fear of failure and the need to seek acceptance and approval from others because you love me and accept me. Make me a new creature and fill my life with you and your love, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
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