Practicing both Perfectly and Imperfectly

practice 2The first ever Fail Forward conference was held earlier this month in Toronto. It was all about “tearing off the shame like a BandAid.” Each participant was given thirty seconds to share their failure story. Then they spent time answering, “How are you better off for that having happened?” and “What are you going to do with that?”
Kind of sounds like what the Bible commands us to do (James 5:16) and what’s done in a Bible Impact Group, doesn’t it? Funny, how the work world is finally waking up to the real world God created and then has spent thousands of years redeeming: We were created with the ability to choose rightly. Once Adam and Eve blew it, God covered them and continually covers us through Jesus’ death and resurrection so we can continually get up and walk with Him now, today and throughout eternity.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:9, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” This word “practice” means to do repeatedly or habitually. This can mean mistakes as well as victories in forming Christ-like character.
Peace comes from doing it right. Hiding out of fear of rejection when we do wrong only keeps that peace from coming back. It eats you up from the inside out and gives your opponent an instrument to attack you with.
Stop hiding and take away his weapons in your life! Get rid of the shame of defeat through confessing to Jesus for forgiveness of sin and confessing to another believer for prayer to see your life changed. Here on this planet you will practice both perfectly and imperfectly at times. Keep getting better with practice!
Set Free N“O”ww“W”

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