Don't Fear Failure

Success God's Way
Don't Fear Failure

If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.” - Daniel 3:17-18(NKJV) 

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego said in Daniel 3:17 that God would save them from the fiery furnace, then followed that up in Daniel 3:18 by saying that even if He didn't, they still would not worship the golden image. Were they contradicting themselves? No! They were being realistic. They knew that they could die in the fire even if they didn't believe that they would. Yet, accepting the risk gave them the courage to take the step of faith. God would save them but that's not why they were doing it. They were doing it because it was what they were supposed to do and if God didn't save them, they would do it anyway. With that mindset, they were unstoppable. 

What's my point? A person who accepts the cost of possible failure and determines it is not high enough to justify losing the benefit of possible success cannot fail. This is especially true for a Christian who has received a Word from God. Our faith is in God's Word and we know it is dead if we don't do something with it. If you have a Word from God and refuse to take a risk to carry it out because the cost of failure is too high you won't see the Word come to pass. On top of that, don't forget that there's an eternal cost for disobedience that is unaccounted for in a typical earthly risk analysis. 

Like Esther who knew that she would die anyway, we need to remember to consider all potential outcomes, including eternal ones. In the Parable of the Kingdom when the master held his servants accountable for his investments, the one who didn't take a chance still paid a high price. He may have saved himself from losing his master's money but instead, he lost his master's trust and that was worse. Then after losing his master’s trust, he still lost his master’s money because his master took it back and gave it to someone else. What are you afraid of more? Losing God's investment in your life or losing God's trust? When you don’t step out on faith, you lose both. 

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