God’s Purpose for Failure

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

2 Corinthians 12:7-9 KJV 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Have you ever experienced a time in your life of anguish and defeat, that brought you to your knees? Paul describes his experience where Satan waged an attack against his life and purpose that caused him to cry out to God to remove the source of his torment. God’s response was and always will be the same, don’t quit when all else seems to fail, because there is Power! Tonight, we will begin to understand that God had a plan even before you failed, to the point that God uses your failure to reveal his power. Let us begin to discover that There’s Power! When all else fails!

Power – Dunamis - Dynamite. The biblical description of power relates primarily to God and people.

  • Power is an inherent characteristic of God. It is the result of his nature moving on man’s behalf, exposing God’s desire and natures for His Glory!

Fail - To Fall – Kalah - To become deficient; to be insufficient; to cease to be abundant for supply; or to be entirely wanting.

  • To fail from time to time is only human, but to be a “failure” is when we are defeated by failure, refusing to rise and try again.


Proverbs 28:13 NLT 13 People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.

  1. Covering up our sins.

Don’t try to hide from God. Hidden sins are dangerous as they are not confessed to God.

  • Jesus paid the price for our sin, when we refuse to confess our sin by hiding, we pay the price!

Read 1 Samuel 15:2-3 & 7-11 AMPC

  1. Acting on our emotions and our own plans.

  • King Saul made his own plans and acted upon something he was forbidden to do.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 AMPC To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:

  1. Attempting things at the wrong time.

Do not overtake God’s timing. God has a perfect timing for everything in your life, that’s the way he planned it. God has prepared everything in your life a certain way according to His foreknowledge.

  • Outside of God’s timing, you will never be right until you finally become ripe!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

How God Uses our Failures

Romans 5:3-5 NLT 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.

1. God uses our failures to train and prepare us.

2. God uses our failures to cause us to be completely depended on Him.

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 AMPC 8 Three times I called upon the Lord and besought [Him] about this and begged that it might depart from me; 9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me.

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