When I look back at the journey of my prophetic calling, there is one thing that stands out:
The times I have grown the most—the life-defining moments that have taken me to greater levels—have been mistakes and failures!
And interestingly, the failures that were the most painful, the ones I learned the most through, weren’t acts of wilful disobedience. They were decisions and actions that I made with good intentions, but because I lacked wisdom, had a character weakness, or had a gap in my understanding, I failed.
There are some graduations that our Father has for us, that can only be achieved through mistakes and failure.
And He will actually allow us to make mistakes—even engineer circumstances that may lead to our failure—because He has the bigger picture in mind. This is especially true of those who have a prophetic calling.
God can Turn Your Failure into an Upgrade
Peter is an example of someone who meant well, who loved Jesus, but he had a character weakness. His intentions were good, but he was prideful and trusted in his own strength. And Jesus allowed circumstances to expose his weakness. Remember He said to Peter:
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32, NIV)
Jesus knew there was a demonic assignment against Peter; He knew failure was up ahead! And yet He allowed it to run its course.
Peter’s failure—and the restoration that came afterwards—marked a significant graduation in Peter’s life and ministry. Not only was he humbled and empowered, but God used him to help birth the church and transform nations.
It is our Father’s grace and kindness towards us, leading us towards repentance.
Our Father is seeing something that we don’t; a glorious vision of who He has called and created us to be.
God is molding and shaping us until we are formed into His likeness. As Isaiah wrote: ‘O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.’ (Is 64:8)
Some of the reasons God allows us to fail and make mistakes is because:
- We may have a blind spot or a character weakness—and God’s purpose in exposing it is to turn it to our greatest strength
- We lack wisdom—and failure is the fast-track to gaining that wisdom
- We are depending on our own strength or on something or someone other than God. Our Father is allowing circumstances to reveal the weakness of what we are leaning on in order that our life, work and ministry can be founded upon Jesus
7 Keys to Turning Your Failures into Favor
Today perhaps you can relate to this as you have regret about a mistake or a failure. But there is good news. You can cooperate with God to turn your failure into favor and a future that brings Him glory.
1. Own your mistakes—don’t give in to the temptation to shift the blame onto other people or circumstances outside of your control
2. Take time for restoration, and make whatever restitution is needed
3. Accept God’s forgiveness (and forgive yourself)
4. Learn and gain wisdom from the failure
5. Step into the upgrade your Father has for you
6. Release regret. Refuse to allow it!
7. From now on, see that failure as a marker of God’s graduation in your life
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