Learning From Failure

April 18 2021

Topic: failure, Moses

Exodus 3:10-14 (ESV) Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”    14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 
Exodus 4:1 (ESV) Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’” 2 The LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3 And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. 4 But the LORD said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand. 
Exodus 4:10 (ESV)  But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 
Exodus 4:13 (ESV) But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”
Failing Backward
  • ​Blaming Others
  • ​Repeating the Same Mistakes
  • ​Expecting Never to Fail Again
  • ​Expecting to Continually Fail
  • ​Accepting Tradition Blindly
  • ​Being Limited by Past Mistakes
  • ​Thinking I am a Failure
  • ​Quitting
Failing Forward
  • Taking Responsibility
  • ​Learning from Each Mistake
  • ​Knowing Failure Is a Part of Progress
  • ​Maintaining a Positive Attitude
  • ​Challenging Outdated Assumptions
  • ​Taking New Risks
  • ​Believing Something Didn’t Work
  • ​Persevering
(John Maxwell- Failing Forward)
Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV) 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Exodus 4:28-31 (ESV)28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 Aaron spoke all the words that the LORD had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped. 
Romans 8:35-37 (ESV) 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
BIG IDEA: It is the greatest and worst events and failures in our life that prepares us to succeed for Christ!