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Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – January 22

Teen Devotion and BIble Verse on Failure

“Say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: When someone falls, he gets back up. When someone turns away from me, he returns – Jeremiah 8:4 (GW)

Falling is never easy. Sometimes, it hurts. Today’s Bible verse challenges us that when we fall, fail, or mess-up, that we should get back up.

Getting back up can be a really hard thing to do. You might have to overcome some fear of failing in an area. You might have to overcome some pride and ask for forgiveness. Regardless of what it is you need to do to get up after a fall, it’s in the getting back up that you are able to move forward.

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Getting back up takes guts. You’ve got to put aside any fears, hurts, and negative emotions to get back up. It takes guts to face a friend that you’ve hurt and tell them sorry. It takes guts to stand up in front of your class and give a speech when you messed the last one up really bad. Getting back up takes guts, but it’s always worth it in the end.

So if you’ve experienced failure recently in any area, be encouraged. You’re not alone. Begin the process of getting back up and turning to God for help. God is always ready and able to help you whenever you need it!

Daily Bible Verse and Devotion – January 18

BIble Verse and Devotion for Teens on Failure

The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” – Exodus 2:4

In this Bible verse we see that Moses failed. He did something really bad, he killed someone. Despite his sin, Moses didn’t let this failure define him for his entire life. Moses eventually lead the nation of Israel out of slavery and did many amazing things for God.

Like Moses, when you face a set back or failure, you have a choice. You can let that failure define and stop you. However, people who are successful, choose to view failure as being temporary. Failure can’t stop you unless you let it.

Who you are when you fail is just as important as who you are when you succeed. Failure is never final unless you let it be. Choose to be a person like Moses who is able to learn from your mistakes and go beyond them. Failures and mistakes happen to us all, however, if you treat them as a learning opportunity, they don’t have to be final in your life!

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Are You A Friend of Failure?

How to learn from failure


Most likely your goal in life is not to fail. Failure isn’t something that is rewarded in society. If you fail your math test, you don’t get a high five from your friends. If you fail to remember your girlfriend’s birthday, you don’t get a party thrown for you. If you fail to remember to do your homework, your teacher doesn’t give you extra credit. Failure is not something that people are searching for. If we’re honest, most of us would like to avoid failure at all costs.

However, failure isn’t always as bad as it seems. There can be times in your life that failure can be your friend. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

  1. When It Helps You Learn.
    When failure helps you learn it isn’t bad. Instead of holding your head down because you failed, choose to look at failure as an opportunity to learn. When you learn from your mistakes, you grow stronger.
    One time I had a chance to learn from failure came when I bought a new car. The car I purchased hadn’t been checked out by a mechanic. When I got it home, to my horror the car ended up costing more to fix than the purchase price. I learned a valuable lesson from that experience. I learned to not buy a car unless its been inspected by a mechanic.
  2. When It Motivates You.
    Failure isn’t always bad if it motivates you to do better. I learned this lesson when I had a job as a waitress. I was bad at waiting tables. I was so bad that my boss told me I should look for another job because I wasn’t catching on. I could have given up. I could have said this just isn’t for me, or I won’t get it. However, I let my failure motivate me to do better. I memorized the restaurant’s menu. I came in early to practice entering orders in the computer. Eventually, with some time, I got really good at my job.
    Failure isn’t bad when you’re able to let it motivate you to do better. Click to Tweet When you fail, don’t let it stop you. Instead use your failure to push you to be better.

The good thing to know about failure is that everyone experiences it. One of the best stories in the Bible about failure is the story of Moses. Moses knew that God had an awesome plan for his life, and he got a little too excited about it. In his excitement, he ended up killing another man. He failed big time.

The man replied, “Who appointed you to be our prince and judge? Are you going to kill me as you killed that Egyptian yesterday?” Then Moses was afraid, thinking, “Everyone knows what I did.” – Exodus 2:4

The great thing about Moses though was that he did recover from his failure. He was able to accomplish the plan that God had for him and his life. He was able to walk away from a huge failure and step into the awesome things that God had for him.

It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. – Hebrews 11:27

Moses led Israel out of slavery and become one of the great heroes in the Bible. He didn’t let his shortcomings stop him.

I don’t know what you’re facing. You might have messed up in a big way. You may feel like there’s no hope or that you’re worthless because of your failure. However, that’s not the truth. The truth is we don’t always make the right decisions and we don’t always do the right thing, but if we will let failure teach us and motivate us to be better, we can become a friend of failure.

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