A Successful Failure!
You may feel like you are a failure, especially in the eyes of man but Elohim is about to make you a success! Elohim wants to raise up people who are deemed to failures by some but will be successful in His eyes. In 1 Cor. Chapter 1 verse 26-31 Elohim indicates that He wants to raise “weak” people up in His glory and not the mighty and noble, in order to confound the mighty! He wants nobody no flesh to glory in themselves. He wants to raise up the humble so He gets all the glory. Look at the life of Peter: he denied Jesus three times and even cursed in the process but the Angel of Yahweh told the women who came to the empty tomb to tell the disciples and Peter that Jesus went before them into Galilee (Mark 16 verse 7). Jesus wanted Peter to know that He loved and forgave him. Also, on the day of Pentecost, Peter is the one who Jesus chose to be the spokesman. He preached a sermon and 3,000 people got saved the same day (Acts 2 verse 14, 41). Peter looked like a failure before the day of Pentecost. After that day, he was unstoppable.
Let’s look at some of the judges: in Judges 3 verse 9, the word talks about Othniel, the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. Othniel was a nobody. The only claim to fame that he had was that he was the nephew of Caleb, but Yahweh used him mightily as a judge to deliver His people. He was probably considered a failure until Elohim touched his life. He wants to do the same with you. In verse 15, the word talks about Ehud a man who was left-handed. To some people when one was left-handed this person was considered under a curse. Everything about Elohim is right-handed. The word talks about the Father’s right-hand and Jesus sitting on His right hand of power (Luke 22 verse 69).Ehud was probably considered a failure in life until Elohim touched his life and raised him up as a deliverer. Ehud came to the enemy king by the name of Eglon and got him alone and killed him with a dagger that he hid on his right leg. The guards around Eglon only searched Ehud’s left leg for a weapon because he was left-handed. God used an unlikely man, a failure and turned his life into a success in one day!
Look at Gideon, as recorded in chapter 6 of Judges: the Midianites had surrounded Elohim’s people and Gideon was hiding out threshing wheat by the winepress (verse 11). It was not the season for grapes so he figured the enemy wouldn’t be looking for him there. He was a coward! The Angel of Yahweh came and the first thing He said was that Gideon was a mighty man of valor (verse 12). Here was Elohim calling those things that are not as though they were. People and even Gideon himself thought that he was a failure but Elohim was about to change everything. Gideon started telling Elohim why he was a failure, talking about his family background (verse 15) but Elohim said that He was going to use Gideon to destroy the enemy (verse 16). You see, Elohim doesn’t care about your family background; He wants you to look ahead and see what He can do with a surrendered life. Gideon did everything that God wanted him to do such as destroying the statue of Baal(verse 27), sending 31,700 of his troops home (chapter 7 verse 3-7), listening to what the enemy was saying about him (verse 13) and eventually surrounding the enemy at night and startling them (verse 19-22). Elohim then caused the enemy to kill each other. Do you see how Elohim changed a failure into a successful judge and leader? It is all about Elohim just touching one’s life and bringing about change with this one touch. Receive this touch today!
Look at the life of Jacob: in Genesis Chapter 28 Jacob had tricked his brother Esau out of his birthright and his father’s blessing and was now running for his life. He certainly felt like a failure as he was hiding for his life but Elohim gave him a dream and said that his seed would spread abroad to the north, south, east and west and that all the earth would be blessed by his seed (verse 14-15). Elohim sure changed his life with one visitation!
In Genesis 32 we have an account where Jacob hears that his brother Esau, who he tricked, was coming towards him and he really got scared. He got alone with Elohim and again, he felt like he was a failure and that Esau was coming to kill him (verse 24-30). After an angel wrestled with him he wrestled with the angel until he got a blessing. He was tenacious! Elohim wrestled with him and knocked all the failure out of him and this enabled him to see himself as a success again and he then wrestled for the blessing. Elohim wants to take all the idea of you being a failure out of you and cause you to believe for the best that He has for you. He wants you to dream big, as recorded in Isaiah Chapter 54: He wants you to enlarge the place of your tent, let other people bless and increase you, and wants you to fear not, saying that you will never be ashamed (verse 2-4). He wants to change the attitude that you have about your self. He wants you to see yourself through the word. He wants you to see that you are more than a conqueror through Him, that no weapon formed against you shall prosper, that you can be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, etc.
If you look at the “heroes of faith" in Hebrews Chapter 11, you can see that they were just ordinary people that made many mistakes and were considered failures, but Yahweh touched them, they became successes and their lives were never the same! For example: Abraham laughed at Elohim when He said that he would be a father at an old age, but he eventually believed and was blessed. Sarah laughed also but later she considered Elohim to be faithful to what He had promised (verse 11). Moses in anger killed an Egyptian, but Elohim raised him up to deliver His people. Joseph told his dreams to his brothers and as a result, got sold into slavery, but Elohim made him a success in Egypt where everybody had to come to him for food.
You see, Yahweh looks at your heart and not your mistakes and wants people to see you go from a failure to a success!