Scripture Reading: Proverbs 24:16
The second thing we have to do for failure not to be final in our lives is, Sever ties with the past. Christ’s crucifixion coincided closely with the Feast of Passover. Approximately 50 days later, Peter preached his Pentecost sermon and caught 3,000 souls in the gospel net. Immediately after Jesus’ death, Peter must have felt worthless. When the rooster crowed, “The Lord turned and looked at Peter. … And Peter went outside and wept bitterly.” (Luke 22:61-62) He felt condemned and unworthy to even be called a disciple. Perhaps he thought, I’m a complete failure. I’m such a miserable disgrace. Maybe I should go back to the only thing I was ever any good at—fishing. And so he went back fishing (John 21:3).
Then he had an encounter with Jesus that was very similar to their first meeting. A repentant Peter was restored, reinstated and became the main spokesman for the apostles. How did Peter overcome such major setbacks? He severed ties with the past. He chose to live in the provision of God’s grace instead of being a prisoner of his past. He avoided the mistake of those who live in the past and, consequently, forfeit their future.
Third, Never stop believing. Peter failed, but his faith didn’t fail because Jesus prepared him — “But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have repented, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:32) So no matter how many times we disappoint God or ourselves, we should never stop believing. We are not a failure unless we quit. Solomon said, “for a just man falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked will fall into mischief.” If you, like Peter, get knocked down, bounce back up again, more determined than ever to keep believing.
History is full of examples of people who used failure to find a formula for success. Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas and went bankrupt before building Disneyland. Henry Ford went broke several times before he became a pioneer in the automotive industry. Albert Einstein was expelled from school, and his teachers said he was mentally slow before he made his mark in mathematics and science. Thomas Edison performed 10,000 experiments on a particular project before succeeding. He said, “Why, I haven’t failed; I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work!” Friend, never stop believing! That failure in your business, that break in your education, that set back in your marriage or vocation, that loss of Job, that miscarriage, that repeated failure in trying to overcome a bad habit, that failure in your spiritual life and ministry cannot be final, if only you keep believing. We shall continue tomorrow.
1Kgs 18:20-39 ; Ps 16 :1-2a. (R.1); Accl Ps 25:4b-5a; Gosp Mt 5:17-19 ST ANTHONY OF PADUA, P.D (MEMORIAL).
Prayer Points:
1. Thank God for His Word.
2. Take the Prayer “Stay with me Lord by Padre Pio”
Exercise: Pray to be part of the Annual International Retreat starting tomorrow at Jubilee Retreat & Conference Centre beside Mother of Redeemer Catholic Church, Airport Junction, Effurun Warri, Delta State.
Meditation: Matthew 14:27.

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