Handling Failure and Success – Vessels of God – Inspirational Bible Verses

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Life is not always easy. In fact, much of the time life is difficult. Being born again does not put an end to life’s troubles. The way of the cross is not always an easy path to follow. Yet many of the churches and ministries that call themselves “Christian” would have us believe that accepting the blood of the Lamb is the end of all of our troubles, but such is not the case.

It takes work and daily commitment to glorify God with our lives. We must humbly seek God and allow His success to become our success in all aspects as believers in Christ. In our service to the message of the cross we must become an instrument that shares His mercy and His love. As an instrument sharing grace we will begin to realize that all the knowledge and the skill belongs to the Operator, not the instrument.

It is easy for some instruments of God to become proud. It is all important that we keep our perspective. It is wonderful and blessed to be in God’s hands, used for His purpose and His glory. We must always keep in mind that the instrument deserves no special glory. Without the hand of our Master we are useless and can carry out nothing of ourselves. We cannot take one ounce of credit for anything God has accomplished through us, as we are His vessels.

Jesus said that our attitude should be: So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, “We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” Luke 17:10

Many times it is easier to handle failure and disappointment than it is great success. When we find ourselves insolvent or impoverished, it is easy to recognize our own needs, and the necessity for God to intervene on our behalf. Many who enjoy great success and wealth are persuaded that they no longer need God’s help, and they believe that they alone are responsible for their own good fortune.

In humility we must always remind ourselves that God is the one who accomplishes all things.

So if there are great things happening in your life, please be reminded that all blessings and success come from God alone. We need to always realize our reliance upon Him. When we meet with success and prosperity, be must be thankful in humility before God and man. Enjoy, and rejoice in all that God has done in your life, and be aware of the fact that you are never in charge, He is.

We are but mere vessels in service to the Lord to carry out His purposes; and it would be as absurd of us to boast that we are responsible for the blessings in our life. It is only in the hands of God, when we are directed by His unseen arm that we are able to carry out His perfect plan for our lives.

We are but instruments in the hands of the Master; all credit, all honor and all glory belongs to Him and Him alone. We are instruments of God and our lives are a beautiful melody in His name played by the blood of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:29 No one may boast before God.

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23 replies

  1. Hi Darrell. I not only liked your post, but I loved it. As a Christian, your post is a beautifully written melody which speak to the heart. Thank you. Have a lovely day.

  2. Praise the Lord.

  3. Sometimes things are hard but then I remember that Jesus went through it too. Too boast in your own doing is saying God had nothing to do with it. We have to remember that nothing on this world is our. It’s on loan until we get to Heaven and see what the Father have in store for us. Boost not in ourselves but in the glory of God in whom where all blessings comes from. In the mist of our storms and trails there the Father and Jesus will be guiding us to the destination we was born for standing at the Gates of Heaven.

  4. Darrell, Thanks for a wonderful lesson in your blog today.

    It reminds me of A Sunday School chorus we used to sing in times past :

    Savior let me be like a melody
    Ever sounding out the message of the cross
    With Jesus in my heart no discord can arise
    For He can make the saddest note to harmonize
    Savior, let me be like a melody
    Ever sounding out the message of the cross.

    Yes He causes the saddest note to harmonize. Praise God

    I would like to share this blog with my friends on Sunday 4 May 2014 with your concurrence.
    Thank you.


  5. Very True Darrell, God has prepared in advance the good works He has for us and in doing them we have Eternal Treasure , they bring Love, Hope, Joy, Peace, but yes as you also said; whatever we do for The Lord also brings opposition from those in the flesh.

    Jesus said when we follow Him we will be hated, rejected, ignored and some of us will be Martyred and they are in some Countries but before we can serve God we need to be prepared as the Scripture below tells us and than we will be equipped and empowered by God to do His good works as a fit vessel. We put our evil flesh to death by The Spirit.

    2 Timothy 2:19-21 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His. And, let every one that nameth the Name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

    Romans 8 :12-15 Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. or if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

  6. i can relate to this Darrell. My son has this misguided “theory” that when you become a Christian you will be blessed and have a stress free life. He still has not woken up and smelled the coffee. i pray that he will wake up one day to the truth. Blessings to you and Gracie.

  7. being a Christian is always about humility in everything… i love this post

  8. Reblogged this on Two Heads are Better Than One and commented:
    We have had a successful opening of our production of “1984”…and this is a terrific reminder of how a Christian should handle success. Thanks to Darrell Creswell for this post. Blessings to you all on this Sunday.

  9. Reblogged this on Pray What God Says Blog by Christine Brooks Martin and commented:
    Life is not always easy. In fact, much of the time life is difficult. Being born again does not put an end to life’s troubles. The way of the cross is not always an easy path to follow… (Read more by Darrell Creswell)


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