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Finding Success After Failure

Taylor Hinkle


Taylor Hinkle

Pastor of two churches in Michigan Conferences and currently serves as the General Vice President of External Affairs for GYC.


  • December 5, 2015
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How many of you can relate to the scripture reading we just read Proverbs Chapter twenty four and verse sixteen says for a righteous man may fall seven times. How many of you think you have fallen at least seven times but it doesn't stop there does it. It says and will rise again. There's a powerful quote by Thomas Edison that says many of life's failures are people or people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. There's a story that sticks in my mind of a man of persistence and determination. And it was a young man by the name of Abraham Lincoln some of you may know him as the sixteenth president of the United States. Many of us think of the success of Abraham Lincoln but we don't realize what it took for him to be able to get there at the age at the young age when Abraham was being raised he was raised in a home of poverty and forced out of the home and required to work in order to be able to provide for the family. He lost his mother at a very young age and at the age of twenty one he failed in business for the first time he ran for the state legislature at the age of twenty two when he lost he also lost his job but he wanted to go to law school but he couldn't get in he borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of that year he was bankrupt. He spent the next seventeen years of his life paying off this debt now after that he ran for the state legislature again and he won. He was engaged to be married but his sweetheart died when he was twenty six years old before they were ever married he sought to become the speaker of the state legislator. But he was defeated. He sought to become the elector. But he was defeated. He ran for Congress. And he lost. He ran for Congress again and this time he won and went to Washington and did a great job he ran for the reelection of Congress and he lost continues on he saw for a job of the as a land officer in his home state and he was rejected. He ran for senator of the United States and he lost he sought the vice president nomination of his party in the national convention and got less than one hundred votes he ran for the U.S. Senate again and he lost and he was elected president of the United States. Now we realize that success never comes without a struggle would you agree. Many inventors have said that if they wouldn't have persisted through difficulty they would have never found success. I was reminded of this is I was studying the books of judges and First Samuel this week and looking through the story of the children of Israel and the children of Israel story relates very directly to that of anyone who's ever deigned success for those of you have read it before sometimes it can be depressing because it looks like there's just continual defeats one after another and you wonder how will God ever give them victory let me give you a few examples and the time of judges Chapter thirteen Israel became captive to the Philistines for over forty years they were captive and judges chapter fourteen they were finally victorious and they were able to win victory and Sampson deliver the children of Israel at his death. First Samuel chapter four tells us once again the children of Israel were defeated. First Samuel Chapter seven tells us that they gained the victory over the Philistines. First Samuel Chapter thirteen tells us that they were defeated First Samuel fourteen tells us that there was a partial victory First Samuel chapter fourteen tells us that there was a continual war for all the years of the kingship of Saul. Now I want to ask you a question how many of you often feel like your Christian life looks a lot like Abraham Lincoln's professional life or like the life of the children of Israel your sense of the Lord's calling you to do something or you're looking for victory over a certain sinner struggler complication in your life but it never seems like you can get a handle on can anyone relate to this issue. And we realize that time and time again we persist through this. And the Bible tells us that a righteous man will fall seven times but there's another key that comes in what is it you don't just fall but you get back up. I would say the greatest reason for failure in the Christian life is not because we didn't try but it's because we didn't try again. This morning we're going to be looking at a very familiar story after these years and generations have gone by and the history of the Israelites failure after failure after failure there one of the darkest periods of Israel's history after Moses had died and after Joshua had died in the conquest was over and now they're in captivity to the very people who God promised the land to. And as they're there in captivity God desires to deliver them melt this morning we're going to be studying the story found in First Samuel Chapter seventeen and I'm hesitant to tell you what story it is because I'm afraid when I do you're going to check out. One of the greatest hindered says to our learning is familiarity would you agree it's why when the pastor tells you to open the John chapter three verse sixteen you sit there and just stare and make eye contact because we know it right and this morning we're going to be looking at a very familiar story and what's the story first SAME of Chapter seventeen the story of David and. Goliath Now how many of you can raise your hand and say you could probably quote me the timeline of this whole story. Now I see some hands. There are some humble people. But this morning I believe the Lord is going to show us how it is that God was able to give his people six SAS and their Christian lives. You see for years they had been defeated by the enemy but now in this chapter it's the turning point for the whole nation of Israel. Maybe there's many of you here feel like you've just been in one constant defeat after another and you never feel like you have Victory in Jesus but I believe that by God's grace we can find the principles that gave David success and overcoming the enemy of his tongue. That would give us success and overcoming the enemy in our time would you agree with that. This morning we're going to be starting by reading First Samuel Chapter seventeen beginning and verse one. Now the Philistines gather their armies together to battle and we're gathered at Sue cough. Which begins which big belongs to Judah then can't between cough and Azariah. And Ephraim of dominion. Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together and they and camped in the valley of AECL or Ella. And drew up the battle array against the Philistines and the Philistines stood on a mountain on one side and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side with a valley between them now was this an unfamiliar situation for Israel. I know for well over the last hundred years they have been constantly confronted with the Philistine constantly taken and as captives to their nation paying tribute to their kings and so once again after being defeated for over a hundred years many generations Israel once again is confronted with their problems do you guys feel like you have any problems like that in your life. The persists that once but just don't seem to be able to allow you to have the victory that Jesus desires. Well as their their. Was it God's desire for them to be defeated by the Philistines. No God desired to give them victory right and this desire goes all the way back to the time of Abraham when he promised that God would create a nation his own peculiar people and he would give them the land to do well and it was going to be the promised land where the Philistines dwell but because of unfaithfulness to God Israel never received the promise but now. And confrontation with the enemy of God once again desires to be able to give him what his always longed for them to have. Now we realize that the situation with the Philistines is not one that's very common or not something that we had seen happen before in their confrontation but notice what's different look with me in verse four and a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines named Goliath from gas. Whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and he was armed with a quote of male and the weight of the quote was of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze and he had a bronze armor on his legs and bronze javelins between his shoulders and now the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels and this child bearer went before him and then he stood and cried out to the armies of Israel and said to them Why have you come out to line up for battle and my not a Philistine and you the servants of Saul choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me. Now I don't know about you we might think that we've heard the story of David and Goliath so much that it's almost diminished how stary the situation would have ben. But the Bible tells us that this man was six cubits and a span now and modern measurements that's about nine and a half feet tall and to give you an estimate of that imagine going into the gym and. Looking at the basketball hoop that sits at ten feet and this man was just six inches shorter than that and as this man is towering bear him he was large enough that his armor wait a hundred and twenty five pounds just what he was wearing on his chest his spear just the head of it was fifteen pounds now to give you a little idea of how heavy that is that's about the same weight as a car tire. Now here is a man a giant of a man standing in his massive full arm. Once again threatening Israel and what is their response. Notice the proceeding versus. It says in verse nine. Saul continues the tomtom defies the armies and tells another few defeats then they'll be his slaves but notice the reaction of God's people during this time on verse sixteen tells us that Saul proved that the Philistine drew near and presented himself for forty days morning and evening then just happened once constantly confronted with the problem larger than anything that ever dealt with before consistently for a month and two weeks almost. And after that time the children of Israel as we see when David approaches as they're running and hiding in fear of what's getting ready to take place. Now how many of you think that you're facing a problem in life that is just the size of all is this one. Now some of us may not raise our hands and we can't compare one problem to another right all situations are difficult regardless of what we're going through but it would be very hard for us to say that we're facing something even harder than this. I mean what's more difficult than facing a giant resembles ten feet tall and ready to just take your head off. But we realize that God was able to provide victory in this situation. And if you could provide it in that situation do you think you can provide it in your situation. Well notice now as David enters the scenes we're going to find a few principles that give us the idea of how we too can have success in the Christian life. Noticed with me as a continues First Samuel Chapter seventeen some of David's brothers were at battle and verse seventeen says that Jesse said to his son David take now for your brother in a dry grain and ten loaves and run to your brothers at the camp. And carry these ten cheeses to the captain over there thousand. And see how your brothers fare and bring back news of them now Saul and them and all the men of Israel were in the Valley of Elah fighting with the Philistines So David rose early in the morning left the sheep but the keeper and took the things now he continues on. A notice with me and verse twenty two when David left his supplies in the hands of the supply keeper and ran to the Army and came and greeted his brothers. Then as he talked to them there was a champion the Philistine of Gad go Liath by name. Coming up from the armies of the Philistines and he spoke according to the same words the following the God of Israel and so David heard them. Verse twenty four and all the men of Israel when they saw the men flood from him and were dreadfully one of Frey. Did the same like a small matter to God's people day after day for to day. This man would come out and what was the response of God's people they would flee in terror of what was facing them. But what was David's response. To the situation. Notice. Verse twenty five. So the men of Israel said have you. Seen this man has come up surely he has come up to defy Israel Michel be that the man who kills him. The king will and rich with great riches will give him his daughter and give his father's house exemption from taxes in Israel. What does David say verse twenty six than David spoke to the men who stood by him saying What shall be done for the man who kills this full listing and takes away the reproach from Israel. For who is this son circumcise philistine who should defied the armies of the Living God and as a sound different than the response of all of the rest of Israel Israel hears of the difficulty that's coming to them when they run in hot they would say is what's taking place and notice the very first thing is David doesn't say Look at this philistine who isn't Barrett saying not right but what does David say he says Who is this uncircumcised philistine that he should defy the armies of law of the Living God. You see David had one object in mall. They vids one goal was to serve and to live a life that on their God and if God told them to do something they did was willing to do it. You see one of the first characteristics that gives David success is that he was not concerned about himself he wasn't concerned about his own reputation he wasn't concerned about how easy a job looks. But David was concerned that Don's will would be carried out through his people. Now this is something that often times is misplaced. What if we too like David were more concerned about giving God glory than giving glory to ourselves. Reminds me of a story of missionaries who. One thousand nine hundred fifty six five male missionaries they left their families at home and they went to the remote jungles to reach an unreconstructed. Their one goal was the honor of the Lord nothing to do with their own reputation and as they get to the under reach tribe they start to try to communicate with these people and before long the people become spooked and they become terrified that these people might be out to harm them and the tribe ends up killing all five missionaries. Now that would be bad enough of the story ended there. But because the family not just the husbands of those homes were more concerned about the glory of God then their own safety. The wives and the children got on a plane and flew to the exact same tribe that had just murdered their husband after laboring with them for time it's reported that by God's grace many of them gave their lives to Jesus and I wonder if we too like David had more of a desire for God's glory to be first and foremost in our lives if we would see God do more amazing things than what we're seeing today. I think often tuns were too concerned about our own priorities and our own reputation but remember what Paul says in Glacier in chapter two verse twenty he says I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I that live but Christ two lives then me and the life that I now live I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me to realize why Paul and many of the early apostles were able to be faithful missionaries was because they were more concerned about the reputation of Jesus than their own they were concerned about losing their own lives because they'd already lost it. They saw. I'm curse a fight with Christ in other words my life is his and whatever he chooses to do with that His will be done and you see this is the approach that David took when he started to look at the situation with Goliath he wasn't consulting himself on what would be the easiest. But no you look to what would bring God the glory. Now don't worry we'll get to some points that are a little more practical and you might think that that's a little too a theory and too theoretical not have any application in your lives but I can guarantee you that if each one of us had Christ as the center of our priorities that there would be nothing that would be able to hinder God's people. Now notice the story continues First Samuel Chapter seventeen in continuing on verse twenty six we realize that first David was more concerned about the glory of God than his own reputation but notice this next situation. After David hears this Philistine talk and here's what's taking place verse twenty six tells us then David spoke to the men who stand by them and we've read this already. What shall be done for this man who kills the Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel for who is this on circumcise philistine who will the the five the armies of the Living God. Verse twenty seven the people answered him in the same manner saying. So it will be done for the man who kills him. Now notice verse twenty eight. David has a desire to serve the Lord and desire to do the Lord's will but what happens in verse twenty eight. Now. Ellie Abhisit oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men and Elie abd anger was a roused against David and he said why did you come down here and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness. I know your pride in the insolence of your heart for you have come down to see the battle. Verse twenty nine and David says What have I done them. Is there not a cause then he turned. From him towards another and said the same thing in these people answered him as the first. Now I don't know if we realize what just took place but they voted seems to be the only one out of all the armies of Israel who has an issue with what's happening. And as David says that God is being this altered by this man coming in mocking him day after day they even says What is it going to take for this this to stop. And when David has the desire to do the Lord's will what do you think Satan tries to do discourage him have any of you ever experience that before it's something the Lord calling you to do something and it seems like discouragement comes before you even take the first stuff and not only does it come from just without but who does it come from his own family. Now we realize that David's brother choose a mountain. And kind of mocks him you know who have you left those few sheep with you know you're just kind of a worthless person wonders go back and take care of those but does that stop David from continuing on with what he senses the Lord is calling him to do know what we just read it says that he turned and said the exact same thing to other people and other words his brother rebukes him for what he says. And so he realizes the Lord still calling him to do it so he turns to someone else not notice what continues on verse thirty one now when these words which David spoke were heard they reported them to solve now there was it seemed to be there was another of a commotion that the king needed to be alert of of what was taking place and he sent for him then David said to Saul let no man's heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with the fullest in verse thirty three and Sol said to David you are not able to go against this for listing to fight with him for you are youth and he is a man of war from the. As you know what's just happened in these last few verses David has a desire to serve the Lord his own family rebuked him for and tries to discourage him he turns to other people it doesn't seem like they gave him much encouragement either. He finally goes to the king and the king tells them you know why are you wasting your time you realize you can't do this you're too young this guy's been fighting since he was your age and you want to go and try to overcome this guy. Now we notice that one of the characteristics that it enabled David. To be able to be faithful and to win the victory in this conflict was not only that he did desire for the honor of God But number two that he wasn't easily discouraged. You know there's many people throughout history who if they would have given up because of what other people told them they would have a never amounted to anything. There's a man that some of you may know by the name of Michael Jordan. I don't know if you've heard of him before he used to be famous and he might still be today. But Michael Jordan was actually cut from his high school basketball team because he wasn't good enough. When someone asked Michael Jordan about how he became one of the world's best players this is what he said he says I've missed more than nine thousand shots in my career I have lost. Almost three hundred games on twenty six occasions I've been entrusted to take the game winning shot and I miss I have failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. Another man young man. Was playing music trying to learn the violin and his teacher thought that there was no use in spending his time and teaching this young child violin what he seems so awkward. And and useless in the occupation. So as teacher cut him from all lessons even though this man was desiring to be a composer and a musician. But he didn't allow this failure to hold him back he comprised many songs five of them while he was completely deaf than his name is Mozart. What would happen if these people had given up. You look at Jesus. John chapter six Jesus preaches one of his most powerful messages and at the end of this message. It says that many people turned back from him and followed him no longer. And it was so bad that Jesus even turned to his own disciples and said you know are you going to leave as well because everyone who he had thought was the success of his ministry was now leaving. What would have happened if Jesus would have given up. We realize the reason why David was faithful and his conquest with the line is not because he was something good enough himself but it was because the honor of God and the will of God in the desire to do what God wanted him to do was the first and foremost thing in his lot. And as a result of that he was willing to be persistent. Not presumptuous thinking he was carrying out something on his own will. But when he realized that the Lord was calling him to do it he was willing to do whatever it takes in order to see it a comp. I think of a young man that's preaching the Vangelis that series in Africa. And he came forward in the side to give his life to Jesus and at the end of the meeting after a few days one of the elders came up to me and said you know what's happening to that young boy. So no I don't know what's happening. He says every time he goes home. His father beats him and his father tells. If you will give up surrendering your life to Jesus if you will recant your idea of being baptized. I'm going to continue to beat you and disown you from this family for three days that had taken place and nothing shattered that young man's decision to give his life to Jesus. What if we had more Christians who were persistent and faithful Satan's going to send every objection he can maybe it's your family members to discourage you. I can think of different times or one of the Lord to change my life when I realized how cruel and upset I was and people say why are you even trying you're such a bit up and they just discouraged you to go back to the beginning or trying to overcome it in addiction. Why do you even try to overcome that you know you can't do it you've tried so many times before you're just going to fail again. But what if we had the attitude of David where we were persistent and difficulty. Not because we thought we were good but because we saw the goodness of the Lord to be able to solve the problem. Now David continues on fall. Saul finally agrees to let this young man fight. And that must have been an act of faith for Saul what would have happened if David would have lost. What was the stake. We realize that the whole nation of Israel would have become slaves to the nation of the Phyllis tell us. But as David goes out Saul tries to offer his him his armor and what does what does David do this they've a take the armor of Saul know he receives it and says that he's going to go out and what he knows that he's already fought and be full. But notice what David says as he goes out to meet Goliath Now can you imagine the scene just imagine you're a David spot and you're going out to meet the guy who's as tall as a basketball hoop and probably as wide as a semi truck and as you're going to meet him you're wonder. And how in the world is this going to happen. Notice. Verse thirty four Why don't we wait on verse thirty four as he's going out. Verse forty says that he took his staff in his hand and he chose for him five smooth stones from the brook. And he put them in a shepherd's bag in a pouch which he had in his sling was in his hand and he drew near to the Philistine So the Philistine came and began drawing near to David and the man who bore the Shield went before and when the Philistines looked and saw all David he disdained him for he was only a huge ruddy and good looking so the Philistine said to Dave I my a dog that you come to me with sticks. And the Philistine curse David by his gods in the Philistine said to David come to me and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beliefs of the field now can you feel what that must have been life. I'm sure David could almost get the wind off of this guy's brat as a stinking silver humanly But what does David say. Verse forty five Then David said to the Philistines. You're right I'm really in over my head as I would have says. You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin but I come to you in one the name of the LORD of hosts the God of the armies of Israel whom you have to follow and this day the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I will strike you and take your head from you and this day I will give the carcass of the. The carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air the wild beasts of the feel that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Now this is something. David faces the largest enemy that Israel has ever faced. He's a young man with a leather strap that he uses as a sling. And five stone than his pocket and he's threatening the man who's standing there with one hundred twenty five pounds of armor a spear that's that has heavy as a car tire. A man who's standing in front of him with a shield it's like the armed forces are right there and he looks them in the eye. And he says nothing less than God is going to give me in your hands you into my hand. You see David never once questioned success. Do you see that to the story of David and Goliath. You never see they've been wondering if God would deliver. When God says that they have a believes it and that was good enough for him. Yes familiar with that old Christian say the Bible says it. I believe it and that's good enough for me. What if we were to take the Bible as it reads unlike David knowing what the will of God was instead of questioning about the success of our endeavors or the success of overcoming the different difficulties or problem of sin in our lives we saw all the promises of God and stead of the problems of our situation. What would happen if we like David focused on the solution instead of the problem. When we were able to see God who is the all faithful minded got a visitor who has never lost a war and then we could have the true vision like David and see that there is absolutely no way to be defeated. What if we had a life of faith that focused on the power of God and set of the problems and our circumstances. One of my favorite quotes. Is Found a manuscript release number sixty paragraph twenty two. It says we must plan why. ISLEY and push forward the work. And let not outward appearances cloud our fake talk and an act as though your faith was an event simple faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen you see what we see demonstrated in the life of David in the conflict with the Goliath really should be nothing out of the ordinary for any Christian what David demonstrated there was only simple say that was rooted in the promises of Jesus and he had confidence that God was able to bring the things to pass which he had problems. Do you think our lives would be a little different today do you think my life would be a little bit different today. If we could take God at His word and humbly claim cling to the promises of Jesus not because of our own goodness or our own mind and strength. But because of the faithfulness of the law. One of my other favorite quotes Christ object lessons page three sixty three says but when we give ourselves wholly to God in our work follow his directions. He makes himself responsible for its accomplishments. He would not have us to conjecture as to the success of our honest endeavors. Not once. Should we even think of failure. We are to cooperate with one who knows no failure you see many of us are in situations very similar to that of David in facing the lie. We might feel like there is no way that we can overcome the obstacles that are in front of us. Maybe if financial difficulties in your family. Maybe doesn't seem like the Lord's providing maybe you feel spiritually malnourished and just. Ever think you're going to revival experience. Maybe it struggling with an addiction or a sin that you just feel like God has never given you victory over. Maybe you just don't think there's any way you could ever be successful and working for God because who are you to do anything. But we can find in the story of David. The principles that would give us success. The question we all need to ask ourselves what are we more concerned about are we concerned about failure because of our reputation and that's why we don't try things. Are we afraid to start quitting something because we're afraid we'll just go back to it are we afraid to step out in faith because we don't know if God will actually be faithful and caring through. What if we like David had a confident trust that whatever God said he knew that it would be accomplished what if as we move forward instead of being discouraged by our surroundings and our circumstances maybe even our own family members of those sitting in the pew next to us. What if instead of being discouraged. We took faith in Jesus. What would happen if not only that would take place but we wouldn't even speak of failure because we knew that God was faithful. One of my favorite promises in Scripture is found in the first chapter five. And this is a promise you can hang on to no matter what you're going through first John Chapter five Verse fourteen first John is filled with the promises that Jesus has in our Christian life and what he desires to do in US First John Chapter five Verse fourteen says. Now this is the confidence that we have in him that if we ask anything. What according to His will He hears us. And if we know that he hears us whatsoever we ask. We know that we have the petitions that we have desired of him. Could it be any clearer. Could God give us any more hope. Sometimes we often despair because it seems like there is no way that we can get through X.Y. or Z. or the different complications that we struggle with. But God says that he promises that if we ask anything according to His will He hears Philippians chapter four in verse thirteen also promises that I can do all things through whom. Through Krotz who strengthens me. As we go into the holiday season as has been mentioned last week it's a time sometimes where we are often discouraged more than encourage because of circumstances or whatever may be taking place. Maybe you're happy not feeling any difficulty but we all know that sometime in life there are struggles and the Bible promises that God is faithful that he will accomplish what he's told us he would. How many of you this morning said lord. I want to have a deeper experience with you. I'm going to have this face like David. Now I'm not preaching a sermon to you because I think I have the faith like David I'm preaching the sermon because I needed all week to dwell on it. But I realized that if we had this experience with job that this sure would be a true light in this community that God would do even greater things than we've ever seen before God would work in my own life personal those struggles and those sins that so easily be set us as Hebrews twelve talks about would be able to be laid aside because of the power of Jesus in my life. And how many of you say Lord I want that experience. I want to trust God so much that I'm able to be able to go through difficulties with confidence in him such a desire this morning. This morning as we sing our closing song one invite you to stand number six hundred twenty five higher ground looking for a deeper experience with God in our Christian walk. We need to walk the higher ground this media was brought to you by audio first a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse. If you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W audio verse or.


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