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“Failures in Your Life”
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
Matthew 17:14-21 14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is a lunatic, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Be prepared to deal with failures in your life. They can bring on depression and make you feel bad about yourself. Don’t spend all of your life trying to impress folks who don’t even like you! You have got to go through a series of failures in your life so that God can lift you up. You’ve got to be able to embrace some people who just didn’t make it. Embrace those who have messed up because we serve a God who blessed us when we messed up.
Christians fail because of a lack of prayer. Everybody in the church is not a “prayer warrior”. We’re quick to send God to do something to everybody else — “Sic ‘em, God!”, but not on ourselves. Sometimes we don’t pray as intensely as we need to because everything’s going okay. You’re not in a rush to get to church. It’s not about how long you stay on your knees — it’s about how sincere you are when you get there!
The man in Matthew 17:14-18 describes a terrible situation about his boy. If anybody is ill in your family, it will bother you and it will make you be intense about your prayers. Sometimes Christ doesn’t allow things to happen in your life because he knows you’re not ready; he knows you can’t handle it. It’s difficult until God prepares you. God prepares you for the failure before it gets to you.
15 “Lord, have mercy on my son…” Mercy is when God withholds his punishment from stuff he knows you deserve to be punished for. Notice that the man didn’t talk about his son first; he asked for mercy first. You’ve been falling into the fire (some situations) over and over again and then wondering why you get burnt. Here’s how to get out of the fire — stop taking your problems to folks who can’t help you! When you pray with folks, you all have to touch and agree on the same thing AND you all have to have a personal, deep-rooted and booted, relationship with God!
The older you get, the harder it is to rebound from failure; it’s harder to get back up. Going to Hell is a choice. You need to make up your mind that it’s hot down there. Why do you want to keep falling without reaching out and grabbing on to the ever-reaching arm of Jesus? The problem is that we entertain the devil rather than rebuke him. The first thing you need to do is rebuke the devil in a person, but some of you have too much Hell in YOU! You can feel when the devil rises up in you; you get the “hot dog” in your forehead. If you don’t rebuke that devil, more demons will come. Rebuke depression, rebuke anxiety, rebuke that feeling that no one cares about you. The Lord God Almighty loves you and he cares! You will feel so much better when you don’t carry around all of that negative baggage and bondage.
“19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?” This happens because of unbelief. Everybody that goes to church does not believe in God. They believe in the bricks and mortar, but not in “Our Father, who art in Heaven”. You can’t believe what you don’t know and you won’t know if you don’t study! You need to KNOW that you believe in God beyond a shadow of a doubt.
“20 If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…” You just need a little bit of faith. You’ve got to learn how to speak to your mountain and say, “Move mountain, go over yonder”. Stop talking to folks that want to keep you crying. If your mountain hasn’t moved, perhaps you haven’t spoken to it and told it to move out of your way.
“21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”. God is trying to take you to a different level. It’s good to deny the flesh. Make up your mind to say, “Lord, I’m not going to let you go until you bless me.”
That’s when you can overcome the failures in your life!