Triumph of the Spirit

There is no failure once you have tried your best,

once you have faced the lions roaring and tearing your hopes apart,

or when you behold the clouds of darkness billow from above,

or when the knife of betrayal stabs you at all sides,

and the darts of hopelessness swirl around.

You never failed  when you stood up by your convictions up to the last ounce of your courage and beyond,

and you’re still standing,

and nothing diminished your hopes.

You’ve got that dogged determination, unswayed by outside appearances believing only in your heart and soul.

God, your Maker and the Grand Designer of life, is on your side.

Ah Job said, “You’re thoughts are not my thoughts!” Who can discern the mind of the Almighty?

And for broken wings, for sure they will heal, until you soar again.

Here’s a Devotional:

Never Soar as High Again? For reading & meditation – 1 Peter 1:3-9 “These have come so that your faith … may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” (v. 7)

We turn now to examine some of the ways in which our lives become fractured, and what we can do to become “strong at the broken places.” We begin by looking at the brokenness which comes about through failure. Probably someone reading these words is caught up in a vortex of gloom due to a failure. You may be feeling like the man who said to me: “I am stunned by my failure. My life is shattered into smithereens. I read somewhere that ‘the bird with the broken wing will never soar as high again.’ Does that mean I can never rise to the heights in God which once I knew?” I reminded him of Simon Peter – a man with one of the worst track records in the New Testament. He was prejudiced, bigoted, stubborn, and spiritually insensitive. Again and again he got his wires crossed, such as the time when he attempted to divert Christ from going to His death in Jerusalem (Matt. 16:22), or his insistence that they should stay on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:4). Then, on the eve of Christ’s crucifixion, he denied and even cursed his Lord. I can imagine Satan whispering in his ear: “Now you’re finished. Burned out. A failure. You’ll be forgotten … replaced.” But by God’s grace, Peter rose from failure to success. He became “strong at the broken places.” Because he refused to live in the shadow of his bad track record, his two letters are enshrined forever in the Scriptures. Failures, you see, are only temporary tests to prepare us for more permanent triumphs.
Prayer:
O Father, I see so clearly that no failure is a failure if it succeeds in driving me to Your side. All things serve me – when I serve You. Amen.
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