13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech. 14Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight and strength.—Proverbs 8:13-14
Do you think of yourself as a failure? No one likes being a failure. But there’s a reason for it. Your failures can often be a result of too much pride, which scripture clearly and repeatedly says the Lord hates (Prov. 6:16-17; Prov. 8:13; Prov. 16:5). Our pride can keep us from hearing God’s voice. And if that’s the case in your life, God knows exactly how to challenge your proud attitude—with a good dose of failure.
God still speaks to us through our failure. If it keeps us on His path to our success, isn’t the setback worth it? In the future when an unexpected failure occurs, try to be aware of your response. Don’t get upset. There’s no need to beat yourself up because you failed.
Instead, admit your errors to God and seek His insight. Ask Him, “Lord, what are You trying to tell me in this?” and our heavenly Father will guide you. We can give thanks for God’s correction, knowing it comes from His great love for us.
Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments.…Psalm 119:105-106
When you are faced with daily struggles, trials and tribulations, where do you go for the strength to see your way through? All of us at one time or another have faced problems in our daily living. How you’ve handled them is important.
As we’ve all discovered, trying to solve life’s issues can be difficult unless we have help and a direction from a reliable source. God’s word is that source. It contains wisdom and direction unmatched in any other resource. All of the self-help books in the world, when combined, still pale in comparison to the much needed guidance we receive from the bible.
God’s word, the holy bible, gives us all the direction and strength we will ever need to navigate our way through the problems we face during the day. Placing your faith and trust in God’s word is pivotal to allowing God’s power to work in your life.
If you desire success today in whatever you are doing and want to manage your problems with wisdom then read, study and know God’s word. It is the only source of help you will ever need.
Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.
— Psalm 37:1 NKJV
People can become upset when they see the prosperity and success of others. They see what others have in comparison to what they have and it can upset them if they think that others have it better than them. If the others are also evil in nature, then the upset is all the greater. Why should the evil prosper and succeed? Why do they have it better than me? Instead of focusing on their own lives, they obsess over the lives of others.
We should not fret ourselves because of the prosperity and success of evildoers and we should not be envious of them. After all, we should not be envious of anyone. Envy is a sin (Romans 1:29). Covetousness is to desire the advantages that belong to someone else; jealousy is to resent a person for the advantages they have; but envy is the desire to be like the person who has the advantages. All three sins, closely related and often found in combination, result from an inordinate comparison between oneself and someone else.
Whatever advantages the wicked may have are transient and fleeting. The wicked have traded in eternal life and peace for temporary and limited advantage. If they don’t wither and fade in this life, they will in the next.
The news media frequently report stories of how the wicked have fallen. These stories are object lessons that confirm the truth of Psalm 37. Stop comparing yourself unfavorably with other people, and especially with the wicked.
Mark 8: 34-38 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life? What can anyone give in exchange for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
After Jesus’ encounter with his disciples concerning who they thought he was, he offers the following discourse on how to save your life as well as how to live it.
Some of his comments might be confusing and against today’s standard of how to be successful. Jesus says that if we want to follow him we have to deny ourselves. In today’s society that’s almost an impossible task because we tend to think of ourselves first.
When we are happy with our successes we become prideful and think we are the ones responsible. If we don’t want to confess that Jesus is the reason then it would indicate we are ashamed to be associated with his name. Based on that Jesus said, “if you are ashamed of me in this sinful world then upon the day I come into glory with the Father, I will be ashamed of you.”
That statement has significant and lasting results on where one spends eternity. If we don’t accept him as our Lord and Savior and proclaim His gospel of the good news, He will not stand in our place before the Father on judgment day.
This Easter take the time to reflect on what Jesus did on the cross and the end result. He beat death, rose from the grave and sits at the right hand of the Father. Our acceptance of His death for the remissions of our sins will position us to spend eternity in heaven with Him.
So, don’t be ashamed of the name of Jesus but instead Take Up Your Cross and proclaim the Good News. He is alive.