The Failure Excuse and God’s ReBUTtal
SERIES: Your But’s Too Big
Luke 5:1-11 NLT
1 One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God.
2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.
3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
5 “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”
6 And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!
7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.”
9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.
10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!”
11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
I. RESPONSES to failure
• CLAIM up
• BLOW up
• GIVE up
• LOOK up
II. REASONS for failure
• Aiming to LOW
• The OVERNIGHT WONDER syndrome
• The fear of ADVENTUROUS living
III. REPLIES to failure
• Accept RESPONSIBILITY
• Understand what FAILURE is
• Don’t let failure DEFINE you let it REFINE you
Develop a lab culture
Never stop learning
Adjust to grief
IV. The RESISTANCE of failure
• Resist the voice of REASON
• Resist the voice of PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
• Resist the voice of FATIQUE