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Friday, February 25, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT: COMING BACK FROM FAILURE #5

Failure is the tuition you pay for success. --Walter Brunell
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John 21:1-25

FAILURE IS OUR KEY TO OUR FUTURE
As we arrive at our final episode of “Coming back from failure” and studying Peter’s dilemma and his outcome, we begin to appreciate that failure is our key to our future.

What is going to happen to John? Peter asks...
John 21:20-22 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, "Lord, who is going to betray you?") When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."

Isn’t it amazing… Peter is not exactly delighted that he has just been restored to his rightful place, and here he is, questioning the Lord! The old competitive, impetuous Peter is still there, the leader in him wants to take charge!

Sometimes the best people… find it difficult to concentrate on the Lord without interruption, difficult to keep their minds so directly fixed as they should be in following Christ: This causes us precious communion with our Lord, but Peter has a future and Jesus tells Peter to keep looking forward! Forget the past! What a wonderful God we serve!

The future is as bright as the promises of God. -- William Carey

There is a memorial in Israel of where Peter went fishing, but no monument to his failure! We can come back from our failure and have our future serving the Lord with wholeness!!!

Loving Father, I thank you for your Word that helps me to realise, that my failure is the key to my future, and now that I am back on my path with you again, restored to my rightful place as your child, help me to keep my eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, in whose wonderful name I pray. Amen.

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