What does a righteous person do even though he/she falls (experiences calamities) seven times?
Have you ever felt worthless, guilt-ridden, and wanted to quit serving God because you experienced some calamity (deep distress or misery)?
If so, take courage, get up, and continue to live for and serve God.
What did God tell Moses to do so that water would come out of the rock to quench the thirst of the Israelites and their beasts/herds?
But what did Moses do instead (Num. 20:11)?
Why do you think he struck the rock instead of speak to the rock as God had commanded him to do (Num. 20:10, 12)?
What did Moses’ disobedience/sin toward God cost him (Num. 20:12)?
Though Moses had failed God, how did God continue to use Moses (Num. 21:5-9, 32-35; 27:6, 15, 18, 20; 28:1; 30:1; 31:1-2, 7-8; 34:1-2; 35:1-2; 36:13)?
[So we see that Moses didn’t quit serving God just because he was a failure at one point, but rather he continued serving God and being used by God to do great things for God.].
Do you ever feel like giving up and quitting in your service to God or living an obedient Christian life because you sinned and felt like a failure?
2 Sam. 11:1-5, 14-17 What two sins did godly king David (Acts 13:22) commit?
What did David’s sins of adultery and murder cost him (2 Sam. 12:9-14)?
Though David failed God miserably (2 Sam. 12:9, 14), how did God continue to use David (2 Sam. 12:24-25 with 1 Ki. 1:34; 2 Sam. 12:29-31; 23:2 with Psa. 51)?
What sin does David commit this time (1 Chron. 21:2-3, 7-8; 2 Sam. 24:1-3, 9-10)?
[Instead of trusting God for his military strength, David was interested in determining his own military strength, probably to boast in human might, as implied by Joab’s response to David’s command to register the people.].
What consequence did David pay for this (2 Sam. 24:15-17)?
[Though David sinned against God this second time, God still uses him by telling David to build an altar to the Lord (2 Sam. 24:18-19; 1 Chron. 21:17-19).].
What other great projects does God use David to accomplish after this (1 Chron. 22:1-6, 14-19)?
After sinning more than once, do you ever feel like quitting your service to God because you feel dirty or unworthy or a hypocrite?
But what does God say in 1 Jn. 1:9 and Prov. 24:16?
Will you do this, and why?
Jonah 1:1-3 How does Jonah respond to God’s command to preach against the city of Nineveh?
What was the consequence of Jonah’s disobedience (Jonah 1:13-17)?
What did God do when Jonah cried out to the Lord in repentance (a change of mind), Jonah 2:7-10?
How does Jonah respond to God’s command this time (Jonah 3:1-4)?
[God greatly uses Jonah to preach to this city of more than 120,000 people, and because they repented, God does not destroy them (Jonah 3:9-10).].
Have you ever tried to run away from God because you didn’t want to obey one or more of His commands?
If so, did you suffer some unpleasant consequence for your failure to obey God?
If so, what?
[If you have repented (changed your mind so as to obey God instead), you don’t have to stay a failure, but can now have hope to be greatly used of God.].
What will you do, and why, the next time you sin and feel like a failure?
Josh. 9:3-15, 22, 24
God had told Moses to destroy all the inhabitants of the promised land and not make peace with any of them (Josh. 9:24), but what did Joshua (Moses’ successor) who knew God’s command do instead (Josh. 9:15)?
Why did Joshua sin by making peace with the Gibeonites, Josh. 9:14?
Do you consult God before you make important decisions (like whether you should go to college or not, and if so, which one; and if so, what major; whether to get married or remain single, and if to get married, to whom; whether to go into full-time Christian ministry, and if so, which one; etc.)?
[Though Joshua was a failure in this incident, Joshua doesn’t quit, but made the best of the situation (Josh. 9:23, 27). Then God greatly uses Joshua to defeat all the kings of the promised land after this (Josh. 10:1-9, 29-42; 11:1-23; 12:7-24).].
When you sin and feel like a failure, do you stop reading your Bible, praying, and/or sharing your faith, and why?
What should you do (1 Jn. 1:9; Prov. 24:16)?
Acts 13:13; 15:36-38 What sin did John Mark commit?
What consequence did he incur as a result (Acts 15:38)?
Though Mark was a failure by being unfaithful to Paul and his missionary companions and work, God later used John Mark to write the Gospel of Mark and to do what else (Col. 4:10-11; 2 Tim. 4:11; Philemon 1:24)?
Have you ever been unfaithful to a spiritual leader or a missionary project?
If so, did that spiritual leader want you to be part of his team/group or projects anymore?
[If you have a change of mind and choose to be faithful from that point on, God can use you in a significant way in the future. You don’t have to remain a failure and reject.].
Gal. 2:11-14 What sin did Peter commit?
What consequence did he receive through Paul?
[Though Peter, a spiritual leader, committed the sin of hypocrisy, God used Peter to write two books of the New Testament after this personal failure of his as well as using him as a prominent church leader in Jerusalem.].
Have you ever been a hypocrite and been confronted by someone who publicly pointed this out to you in front of your friends and followers?
If so, did you feel like crawling in a hole or quitting your Christian service?
If this has or ever does happen to you, will you confess your sin, get back in fellowship with God and your Christian family/friends, and continue serving God rather than giving up and being a quitter, and why?
Remember Proverbs 24:16? A righteous person falls at times, but he/she doesn’t stay in the dirt, but gets up and keeps going for the Lord. Will you?