DAY 12

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“No in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39

How can Jesus Christ give us the security to risk failure, admit failure, seek help, and try again?  Because He strengthens us through His unconditional love.  He loves us because He chooses to love us, not because of our performance or achievement.

When you know you are loved based on who you are and not on what you have done or are doing, you have the ultimate in self-esteem – a self-esteem born of God’s esteem for you!  You never have to fear failure because Jesus is always there, ready to forgive you, help you and renew you.

Consider the many times you have failed.  You fell down the first time you tried to walk.  You probably almost drowned the first time you tried to swim.  In all likelihood, you didn’t hit a home run the first time you picked up a baseball bat.  Failure in our lives is certain.

All the great achievers in history have failed. R.H. Macy failed seven times before his New York department store caught on.  Babe Ruth struck out 1, 330 times – almost twice as many times as he hit a home run.  English novelist John Creasy received 753 rejection slips before his first book was published, and he went on to have 563 more books published.

REFLECTION:

You may fail, but Jesus never labels you a failure.  In Him, having received His forgiveness and love, you are always a success, not only now but forever!

John Maxwell observed, “When I am secure in Christ, I can afford to take a risk in my life.  Only the insecure cannot afford to risk failure.  The secure…can admit failure…seek help and try again.”

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