Eve sinned. Noah got drunk. Abraham ran ahead of God. Moses got angry. King David lusted. Gideon got scared. Martha pouted. Thomas doubted. Paul was inconsiderate. John Mark got cold feet and ran away. And the impetuous Apostle Peter denied Jesus. Scripture faithfully records the failures of its heroes. If you think of yourself as a failure this morning, you are in good company. No doubt, many of us have reviewed the events of our lives in 1991, and each of us have found failures. Failed resolutions. Failed relationships. Failed businesses. Failed diets. Failed exercise programs. Failed witnessing. Failed investments. Failed classes in school. Failed opportunities. Failed goals. Failed commitments.
Well friend, I have good news for you this morning. God is in the business of restoring failures.
Look a Mk. 14:66-72. (READ)
There was Peter. Brash in spirit. Bold in confidence. Brave in loyalty to his Lord. The Apostle Peter was daring, fearless, dauntless, intrepid. Jesus called him a rock. Yet, he was a failure when it seemed to count most. When the hour came for the ultimate test, he choked in the presence of a young girl. He denied his Lord. He failed.
But, remember, God is in the business of restoring failures. God is in the business of calling us back on course. God is in the business of issuing new opportunities for success. Look at Jn. 21:15-19. (Read)
Within these two passages we find the guideposts, the steps, the flagmarkers to restoring failures.
I. First, admit your failure.
The reason I like to use Mark's account of Peter's denial is because Mark's gospel is commonly believed to have been the first written. And if it was the first written, how did John Mark know of Peter's failure? Peter admitted his failure to Mark. Mark was a companion of Peter in the missionary enterprise some time after the ascension of Christ. As Mark sought to write the account of the deeds of Ch ...
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