ONE THING THAT IS IMPOSSIBLE AND UNDESIRABLE FOR EVERY CHRISTIAN TO ESCAPE FROM IN LIFE BEFORE THEY DIE!
One thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die is not temptation, persecution, health challenge, trials of faith, storms of life, etc., but one particular thing. We shall know and understand as we keep on reading this publication.
The primary reason for this article is when you experience it in life, your faith in Christ Jesus will not be forsaken – you will not backslide – you will not feel God has forsaken you – you will not abandon God by Christ Jesus. May be you have already experienced it in your Christian life, this article by the special grace of God will restore your faith in Christ Jesus and your personal walk and intimate relationship with God.
This article is to strengthen your faith in Christ Jesus because Bible says if you fall in the day of adversity, your strength is small and the Lord Jesus Christ says no man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God; it is like if any man draws back, His soul will never have pleasure in such a person: Proverbs 24:10 KJV, Luke 9:62 KJV and Hebrews 10:38 KJV “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small….And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God….Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.”
There are times in your Christian life when you have prayed, even coupled with fasting, yet that one thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die still happened! Look back and think of that thing.
Even, you live a constant holy life – you are living righteous and holy – living above sin but that one thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die will still come to pass!!
Even though, you can hear God expressly but that one thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die will still occur!!!
Even, you know and understand all scripture in the Bible but that one thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die will still happen!!!
Having grown and developed your personal walk and intimate relationship with God, you can never escape from it before you die.
There are twenty eight (28) phases in life that every Christian must pass through before they die, so don’t be discouraged when you find yourself in any one of them which is unwelcome, unwanted, undesirable, unpalatable life experience.
These phases of life are mentioned in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
Step by step, as you are passing through these twenty eight (28) phases of life, you will surely experience it – you cannot run away from it, you cannot escape it. It will be the source of the causes of some of these phrases of life that are unwanted, unwelcome, undesirable and unpalatable.
This unwelcome, unwanted, undesirable and unpalatable one thing that is impossible for every Christian to escape from in life before they die is mistake resulting in a failure.
The reality of life is that everyone makes mistake(s) which may result in a failure – in fact we all fail to reach our goals and expectations on a daily basis in ministry, career, family, health wise, finances, business, politics, academics, etc.
Failure gives no regard to any institution – mistake that leads to failure has no respect for any institution, be it in business, government, education, family, ministry or the nonprofit sector. The worst is health failure – Job 2:4 KJV and Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 KJV “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life…..There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.”
Failure comes with disappointment, discouragement, pains, shame, embarrassments, doubt, trauma, suicide, loss, etc.
I said that mistake may lead to failure. But at times, failure may occur which may not even be as a result of mistake(s). All depends on situations and circumstances.
Then, it means that there is difference between a mistake and a failure.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MISTAKE AND A FAILURE
A mistake is an incorrect, unwise, or unfortunate act or decision. Any mistake can be caused by bad judgment/decision, a lack of right and correct information, or a lack of detailed attention (not paying attention to the detail) or a mistake is caused by the human error(s) or any unforeseen situations and circumstances beyond control.
Know and understand that a mistake can lead to failure but all the mistake(s) should not always have to end in a failure. That is, mistake may not necessarily end in a failure.
One way or the other, as human beings, during decision making or some act, we make numerous mistakes daily without serious consequence.
A normal wise person would prefer to avoid making mistake(s) while taking very serious and important decisions so that failure can be prevented or avoided but they are inevitable. Despite the fact that perfect attention and perfect prediction in a functional system are in place, still they are inevitable. However, with the reality of life, a failure does not need always have to come from a mistake. Failure may just occur that is beyond human understanding or comprehension.
SUBTLE CAUSES OF FAILURE
Delays have caused many genuinely born again Christians to make wrong choices; mistake that leads to failure which is preventable or avoidable. They experience failure because their heart is sick as a result of hope delays – Proverbs 13:12 KJV “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”
Solution to delays in order to avoid a mistake leading to a failure is patience and faith (not faith alone). To prevent a failure from a mistake, you must add patience to your faith – you need more than faith to obtain promise from God because He ((God) has made everything beautiful in His own time (not your own time) – Hebrews 6:12 KJV and Ecclesiastes 3:11 KJV “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises….He (God) hath made every thing beautiful in his time…” The word of God says he that believes will not be in haste – Isaiah 28:16 KJV “….he that believeth shall not make haste.”
A failure as a result of wrong thought/thinking: the failure comes from man because of the wrong thought/thinking he uses to take a decision and make a choice as God does not think like man – God’s thoughts are absolutely different from man’s thought – Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Just as we read in the above quoted scripture (Isaiah 55:8 – 9) God’s ways are absolutely different from man’s ways. Therefore another thing that can cause any Christian to make a mistake is the way that seems right to man but the end result is never life; never fruitful but failure – Proverbs 14:12; 16:25 KJV “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
As a normal wise Christian, there is nothing you do on earth that your thought process does not involve in making decisions that result in making choices. There are many man’s ways that spiritually lead to failure (death) from decision making process as it is unknown to man in the spirit realm the action and influence of the spirit of error in man’s ways of making decisions/choices – 1 John 4:6 KJV” …the spirit of error.”
However, have you prayed, even fasted to hear from God on certain issues? And God actually speaks and gives you instruction(s) but you stop at only instruction(s), you fail to proceed further to ask Him (God) on how to go about it because “instruction” is “what to do” while “God’s teaching by guide” is “how to go about it” – Psalms 32:8 KJV “I (God) will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
If you only stop at receiving instruction ( what to do) from God and you fail to go further to ask Him on “how to go about it or how to do it” by teaching and guiding you on that given instruction, you would still fail despite the fact that you hear God speak to you on what to do. Therefore, divine instruction without divine teaching (with divine guide) on “how to go about it or how to do it” leads to a failure
It is impossible to live a life without a mistake or failure as human being. But how will you respond like David, Peter or Judas Iscariot?
If you study all the great Bible characters apart from the Lord Jesus Christ, they all made mistakes and experienced failure in life. The God generals or the heroes of faith made mistakes and experienced failure in life! The only person that can never fail in life is God – and this is reason why He is God.
Noah, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, and other great Bible characters sometime failed in their walk with God. The Lord Jesus testified that John the Baptist is a great prophet, greater than anyone born of woman in the Old Testament but the greatness of John the Baptist did not prevent him from making a mistake – Luke 7:28 KJV “For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” John the Baptist is a man of faith but he got to a point in the phases of his ministry where he failed!
What is the mistake of John the Baptist that led to the only point in his history where weakness and failure are exhibited? He doubted the Lord Jesus Christ when he was in the prison – Matthew 11:2 “Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples.”
And he was the one who introduced the Lord Jesus Christ to the whole world during the water baptism of Jesus Christ but he made a mistake of doubting Him (Jesus Christ) – and by this, the Lord Jesus Christ was offended – Matthew 11:6 KJV “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” Note that the people, “offended in” Christ, had not “gathered under His wings.”
John the Baptist was in prison. He expected the Lord Jesus Christ to deliver him from the imprisonment in the prison but the Lord Jesus had not delivered him, so he (John the Baptist) was disheartened and disappointed – that is, his hopes were disappointed in Jesus Christ.
As we read in Matthew 11:6 KJV, the Lord Jesus Christ was offended by John the Baptist’s comment about Him. The comment of John the Baptist that offended the Lord Jesus Christ means doubt about Him: Matthew 11:3 KJV “And said unto him (Jesus Christ), Art thou he (Jesus Christ) that should come, or do we look for another?”
His doubt of Jesus Christ is his failure that led him to ask Him Jesus Christ) if He was indeed the promised Messiah, He who was coming according to Malachi 3:1 KJV ” Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.”
His doubt caused him his failure because John the Baptist did not in his uncertainty ask himself if he were really the messenger while in prison.
Deliberate disobedience to the Holy Spirit for a right cause: this action is carried out by someone when the Holy Spirit says he or she should not go ahead for the right cause of action for the kingdom of God on earth – and he or she goes ahead against the Holy Spirit. This kind of act or action is a mistake that will bring forth a failure in someone’s Christian life. The apostle Paul is another great Bible character for study that shows that a failure is one thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die.
What was the mistake of the apostle Paul that led to his failure at one particular point in time while his ministry was passing through phases which every Christian will experience sometime in our Walk with God?
The mistake leading to his failure is revealed in his statement while standing before King Agrippa : Acts 26:29 KJV ”And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.”
The apostle Paul said he would that everyone in the room where he was standing before King Agrippa might be like him — except for these chains. That is, the bonds (chains) with Paul, the chains indeed were not a necessary part of the process God designed for him because the Holy Spirit warned him beforehand.
Paul’s imprisonment in Jerusalem is self-inflicted by his failure to yield and obey the warning of the Holy Spirit. Paul in chains for that length of time suffering two (2) years in the prison at Caesarea and some three years was avoidable if he had not failed to listen to the counsel of the brethren by the Holy Spirit because there is safety in the multitude of counsel – Proverbs 11:14 KJV and Proverbs 24:6 KJV “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety….For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety..” The wise counsel by the Holy Spirit through the vessels of the genuinely born again counselors is safety.
The better understanding of Act 21: 8 – 15 is that it was not necessary for Paul to have been a prisoner had it being he did not go against the Holy Spirit’s warning. It was not necessary that he come before kings in chains. The Holy Spirit told him (Paul) that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
This is Paul’s mistake, a wrongful action taken that led to his failure at this junction of his ministry but the special grace of God came to play to salvage the situation. This special grace takes even a man’s mistakes and uses them for the glory of God, blessing and to advance God’s cause on earth.
It is hard to believe that Apostle Paul would ever deliberately disobey the Holy Spirit – he would intentionally ignore the warning of the Holy Spirit! He did this because of his burning zeal to advance the preaching and teaching of the gospel of Jesus. Although many did not see it as a deliberate disobedience of the apostle Paul to the Holy Spirit’s warning not to go Jerusalem but they see it as another warning of trouble ahead to prepare his mind in advance for it.
If you study Bible character of apostle Paul very well and deeply with a good understanding by the Holy Spirit, you would discover that the Holy Spirit speaks to him expressly – he hardly needed any such warning. He well knew very well that trouble lay ahead of him. Let us read back in Chapter 20, Verses 22 – 25 in his address to the Ephesian elders, he said : Acts 20:22-25 KJV “And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.”
Thus, by the Holy Spirit, Paul already knew and understood this – he knew that trouble awaited him in Jerusalem. This means what the brethren were telling the apostle Paul in Acts 21:8 – 15 KJV is the confirmation of what the Holy Spirit had told him before in Acts 20: 22 – 25KJV.
There is the Paul’s mistake at this particular point in time that leads to his failure as a result of his total disobedience to the Holy Spirit. He failed to observe what the Holy Spirit said plainly and clearly to him. The whole action of the apostle Paul started in Acts 19:21 KJV “After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.”
Remember that in this Acts 19:21, he was still in Ephesus. He made up his mind in the spirit to go to Rome. This is the beginning of the Apostle Paul’s resolve to go to Jerusalem. From one of the God’s ways in our personal walk and intimate relationship with Him, it is understood in the Bible that when God sends us a message to carry out and deliver, He always expect us to make a decision on what is right, that is, God does not always guide us with messages sent before we make a decision. He (God) expects us to make decisions, and to step out on the basis of faith to do what seems like the right thing, and to change our minds only if we are impressed by the Holy Spirit or by the Lord Jesus that a decision is wrong. So there is nothing wrong with Paul at this point.
Before the apostle Paul’s encounter of Act 21: 8 – 15, he had taken a decision and made up his mind (determined) to go to Jerusalem in Acts 20: 16 KJV “For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.” He planned to use the day of Pentecost to preach and teach the gospel of Christ to the Jews. The day of Pentecost is the gathering of Jews from all over the world, most especially from all over the Roman Empire to celebrate the Feast of Weeks.
Apostle Paul’s mistake is traced to his zeal to carry out commission or mandate God did not give him to fulfill – he is the apostle of the Gentiles (not the Jews) – he was commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to carry the gospel primarily to the Gentiles (not generally to the Jews) :Acts 9:6,15 KJV and Romans 11:13 KJV “And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do…..But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel…. For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office.”
When you are doing what God does not commission or mandate you to do though it is a right cause, you will make a mistake that will lead you to a failure. This is what happened to the apostle Paul in his determination to go to Jerusalem at this period of time in his ministry. His going there was not approved by the Holy Spirit – Acts 21: 8 – 15.
Remember that the Holy Spirit always tells and guides him whether to go to a particular place or not – and he always obeyed except Acts 21: 8 – 15 encounter – let us read Acts 16:6-10 KJV “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.”
Every Christian can never escape from the possibility of failure. At times, you have done everything, even God approved of it but yet failure still happens – you still experience a failure like in Habakkuk 3:17 KJV “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls.” Here in this scripture, everything failed! Despite all efforts and God’s support and approval, everything still failed!! Despite the fact that you do it right, everything still failed!!!
You do everything possible with divine support but the possibility of failure is not rule out – failure still takes place, then why? It may be due to the following reasons:
(1) Unavoidable human error(s)
(2) God wants you to learn certain lesson(s) from the reality of life
(3) Doing the right thing(s) God does not ask/tell you to do
(4) Your mistaken zeal for God
(5) Praying only for thing(s) that requires applying wisdom which is profitable to direct .
(6) You leave everything to the mindset of expectation of miracles, signs and wonders
(7) Hearing from man instead of you hearing directly from God by the Holy Spirit and His word
(10) Wrong interpretation and incorrect application of the scripture(s) to message(s) received.
(11) Lack of understanding of the times
(12) Wrong counsel
Failure at sometime in someone’s life experience cannot be ruled out. When you experience a failure in life, accept it as the act that God permits because nothing negative happens to any true Christian believer without the knowledge and permission of God: Lamentations 3:37 KJV “Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?”
WHAT TO DO WHEN EVERYTHING IS LOST?
(1) If you fail in everything; if you lose everything, don’t lose your faith as the Lord Jesus Christ counseled and pray for Peter: Luke 22:31-32 KJV “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
(2) Know and understand that loss or failure does not define whom you are in Christ Jesus – you lose a battle to win a war: Romans 8:37 KJV “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
(3) Add patience to your faith: Hebrews 6:12 KJV “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
(4) Develop the scripturally based mindset that the thought of God towards you is never evil (failure) but of peace and good: Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
(5) Your failure or loss is a tool in the invisible hands of God to bring forth success for you unto the greater heights beyond your comprehension – Psalms 61:2 KJV “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
(6) Failure or loss does not define the purpose of God for your life as long as you love God – Romans 8:28 KJY “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
(7) As long as you are still in Christ Jesus, the strength and rock of your life, your tomorrow is sure and it shall be well with you because a living dog is better than the dead lion – Isaiah 3:10 KJV and Ecclesiastes 9:4 KJV “Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him….For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.”
(8) Failure or loss will never make God forsake you, so don’t forsake God – Hebrews 13:5 KJV “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
(9) God is the God of recovery and restoration, so He will recover and restore for you in multiple fold all what you have lost in life – your failure shall be replaced with a huge success in life: Job 42:10 KJV,.1 Samuel 30:19 KJV and Proverbs 6:31 KJV “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before….. And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all…..be found…..restore sevenfold;….”
(10) Never give up on God but keep on trusting and thanking Him (God) for everything despite the total loss or failure because the scripture says in everything ( including loss or failure) we should give thanks to God: Proverbs 3:5 KJV and 1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart…..In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
On a final note, lose failure (total loss) but don’t lose your faith in Christ Jesus, hold on to His word firmly and manifest the scriptural experience of Habakkuk 3:17-19 KJV “Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places…”
You have to rejoice in the Lord despite the fact that the failure or total loss experience because He will never forget you – and the joy of the LORD (not failure or total loss) is your strength – in His presence is the fullness of joy – don’t abandon His presence because of failure or total loss: Isaiah 49:14-16, Nehemiah 8:10 KJV and Psalms 16:11 KJV “But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I (God) not forget thee. Behold, I (God) have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me….. for the joy of the Lord is your strength…. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Know and understand that the path of life is remained your faith in Christ Jesus that you must not lose.
Since one thing that is impossible and undesirable for every Christian to escape from in life before they die is failure (loss), therefore lose failure (total loss) to gain a huge success as long as you are still alive in Christ Jesus because Jesus in you, the hope of glory as you can still do everything in Christ Jesus who strengthens you as long as you love God according to His purpose – purpose on what He (God) has destined you to do on earth – Colossians 1:27 KJV and Philippians 4:13 KJV “…..Christ in you, the hope of glory…. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
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