Samson was a strong man with a weak will, emotionally driven, not Spirit led. He ruined his life one step at a time. How do we keep from going rogue like he did?
Breaking the Ice
* Have you ever had a mistake turn out to be one of the best things to happen to you?
Today, we'll see failure is an event, never a person, and when you are down, you are not out.
Read Judges 16:28-30, "Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “Sovereign LORD, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, 30 Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus, he killed many more when he died than while he lived."
* It goes to show you that even in your failures, God can still use you!
* What is your natural response when you fail at something?
* How does the way you handle a failure determine the impact it has on your life?
* How is learning from a failure and changing better than just feeling bad about it?
Read Proverbs 24:16, "For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again."
* How do we find the strength to move forward from our failures?
* How can our failures make us better off in the future?
Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-10, "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. "
* How can persevering through hard times point others to Jesus?
* Do the ways we personally deal with failure and hard times point others to Jesus?
Read Proverbs 28:13, "People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy."
* Why is concealing our sins and failures harmful?
* Think: have you confessed your sin to God and turned from it?
Remember, failure is an event, never a person, and when you are down, you are not out.
* What is one failure you need to "fail forward" from?
* Because of what we've learned today, what is one thing I will do differently this week?