Consequences have a way of blowing things out of all proportion and if we are not very careful, we will abandon all hope of success and set aside projects having true or even life changing potential.
Failure does not necessarily imply we did it wrong or that the idea was not a good one.
Some things simply cannot be explained and negative results just mean we are to back up and take another run at it. Even The Almighty God was willing to begin again and again . . . and again! I am well aware our God does not, nor has He ever failed, but He has certainly made it clear from the beginning, He is willing to give us every opportunity to succeed.
Adam was the image of the awesome God who made him
Eve was true perfection without doubt
The serpent was as crafty as a serpent’s known to be
And their combination got them all thrown out
The garden was a place of matchless beauty
The tree of life held promise of success
But man the mighty master of creation
Fell miserably and failed to pass the test.
Almost a thousand years tumbled by as man struggled in the coils of the dragon, and as desperate and wicked as humanity became, there were many who escaped his grasp and rose like stars in a dark sky to proclaim aloud the promise of God, “the serpent crusher will come!” Then came Noah. Somewhere around his eightieth birthday his great grandfather Enoch was translated to heaven. Is it possible that he, like the disciples on the Mount of Olives, was witness to that departure? Whatever his hope or its source, he knew God was still on track to fulfill the promise.
Faithful to The Lord’s commands he preached across the years. And all his friends and neighbors heard him shout “I can see a flood on the horizon” They laughed and mocked and simply drove him out.
But rain did fall and mankind died "Neath judgments" towering waves--While Noah rose above the storm and humankind was saved.
So God, “unwilling that any should perish, but that all men come to repentance,” revived a world convulsed by the consequences of sin. One after the other His champions charged the darkness, taking ground for God, often staining with their blood the very ground they gained. And though the “road is broad and the gate is wide that leads to destruction and many there be that go in there at” there are millions who have chosen the “narrow way with its strait gate” and are entering into life. And, the serpent is wreathing in pain from the myriad wounds inflicted by God’s warriors who look with confidence at his crushed and bloodied head.
The final thrust of heaven’s sword was made from Calvary’s cross. As Jesus died and darkness fell, though some felt all was lost. Then Christ revived and light renewed and death itself was slain. Thus He has given hope to all; success in Jesus’ Name.
You see then, your stumbling feet are not destined to fail. God, who has made every success possible, is on your side. When the odds seem never to favor you, you must rise up in faith for nothing is impossible to them that believe. Remember, all things work TOGETHER for good, to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose.
Start again. Get up and start again. You are destined for greatness and though you may not see the how, why or when, He is your strength . . . so my friend, it’s time . . . to start again!
[Editor's comments: Ronald Gadberry has accepted my invitation for him to be a Contributing Writer for Hugh's News. He is an ordained minister of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and a member of the New Horizons Ministries. He is offering his services as an evangelist and singer to pastors of churches who are now preparing their 2016 revival and preaching mission services.
You may contact Ronald Gadberry at the following address and/or telephone numbers:
The Rev. Mr. Ronald Gadberry
509 Cottage Park Lane
Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
1-405-834-0479 / 1-405-808-2937
He will do your church good.]