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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dearly Beloved, MAKING FAILURE YOUR FRIEND “When these troubles came to him, Manasseh begged for help from the Lord his God. He humbled himself before the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 22, 2013
      Dearly Beloved,


      �When these troubles came to him, Manasseh begged for help from the Lord
      his God. He humbled himself before the God of his ancestors. Manasseh
      prayed to God and begged God to help him. The Lord heard his begging and
      felt sorry for him, so the Lord let him return to Jerusalem and to his
      throne. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was the true God� (2 Chronicles
      33:12-13 ERV).

      Undergoing leadership studies of EQUIP� founded by the renowned author and
      speaker, Dr. John C. Maxwell has been fascinating to me. One of the studies
      which is seemingly awkward is titled �Failing Forward�. More awkward is
      one of its lessons sub-titled �Make Failure Your Best Friend�. How can one
      make failure one�s best friend? The writer of the lesson admitted that the
      idea may seem odd, but he went further to explain that �...the truth of the
      matter is that failure is either your friend or your enemy, and you are the
      one who chooses which it is. If you whine and complain every time you fail,
      then failure will remain your enemy. But if you learn from your failures,
      then you actually benefit from them and that makes failure your friend.�
      This can be possible if one is ready to make one�s failure a stepping stone
      to one�s future successes.

      Three biblical case studies were used to buttress this point. One, Jacob,
      the deceiver who became Israel, a prince with God that God used to raise a
      nation separated unto Himself (see Genesis 25-32). Two, Manasseh, a wicked
      king in Judah who God taught a lesson in the hard way by making him become
      a captive in a foreign land. He learnt from his failure and cried unto God.
      God restored him back to his throne (see 2 Chronicles 33:10-20). Three, the
      prodigal son in Luke 15 who willfully lost himself. He accepted full
      responsibility for his wrong choices and came back the lost joy of his
      family. All these people learnt from their failures by admitting their
      wrong doings and the end of their stories became desirable.

      Twice in Psalm 119, the psalmist endeared himself to failure. Hear him:
      �Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.... It was
      good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees� (Psalms
      119:67, 71 NIV). What are your failures or things that are hurting you? Are
      you trying to distance yourself from them? Make them your friend and learn
      from them as you allow them to be your teacher. They will indeed become
      your stepping stones to your breakthrough.

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Prayer Point: Pray for the grace to make failure your friend by learning
      from it and making it your stepping stone to your success and breakthrough
      in life.

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
      sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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