What causes failure? The Bible tells us that a righteous man falls seven times and rises again. But why do people fail in the first place? To be sure, there are a variety  of reasons why an individual fails.

In this brief study we will explore some of the reasons why people come short of their goals and expectations.

But first, let’s begin with a definition of failure.The dictionary defines failure as the inability or unwillingness to accomplish one’s desire, ambition or objective; an unsuccessful attempt at doing something.

Below are just a few of the many causes of failure:

1. Acting against God’s will “You will be defeated by your enemies, for the Amalekites and Cananites will face you there. Because you have turned away from Lord, he will not be with you and you will fall by the sword. Nevertheless, in their presumption they went toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp. Then the Amalekites and Cananites who lived in that hill country came down and attacked them and beat them down all the way to Hormah” (Numbers 14:40-45).

When one acts against God’s will, the Lord is no longer with them, and they are subsequently acting on their resources and under their own strength. God does not go before them as the Lord of hosts and neither will he fight their battles for them.They must fight for themselves.

2. Disobedience – When we disobey and run afoul of God’s commandments, we set ourselves up for certain failure. King Saul had to learn this the hard way. He paid with his life! The prophet Samuel rebuked Saul: “Why did you not obey the voice of the Lord? Why did you swoop down on the plunder, and do evil in the sight of the Lord?”

3. Curses – A curse is defined as God’s recompense/repayment/judgment in the life of a person and/or his descendants as a result of sin. As a result, there may be a generational or blood-line curse or curses involved that are contributing to an individual’s failure to succeed in life.

4. Pride – When a person begins to think of himself highly than what he is, certain destruction is near, even at the door! Proverbs 16:18 clearly warns: “Pride goes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.”

5. Not being grounded – It has been said that if a person doesn’t stand for something he will fall for anything. The apostle Paul said something very similar: “If you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you have heard…” Why do you think there are so many people “running through the city going nowhere fast?” Why you think so many people are stumbling through their lives, just “spinning their wheels,” failing to ever accomplish anything meanful.

Are you satisfied with your life up to this point? Is your life a success or failure? Or is your life like a boomerang? Always coming back to the same old story. Failure!


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