Diane Epling

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Why do we experience failure when we are just at the point of success?

Diane Epling


Doesn’t this seem like the way of things? Just when we are about to experience success, something happens. Some people actually set themselves up for failure by speaking words of failure so frequently that they start to believe failure is just around the corner. I have an acquaintance who responds the same way whenever I ask how everything is going. Her answer rarely changes. She returns with, “Oh, it’s always something,” in a rather defeated voice. The sad part is that she’s right! There IS always something that keeps her from success, happiness, and receiving all the blessings God has in store for her. I’m sure she is totally unaware of what it is, but she knows something is always blocking her path. What she doesn’t understand is that SHE is that “something.”  

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. Words are powerful! What we speak aloud creates our futures—whether good or bad. We manifest our reality with our words. God shows us this over and over again in His Word. Genesis 1:1-3 shows how God’s Words spoke our entire world into existence. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God SAID, “Let there be light,” and there was light. The Israelites were unable to enter their Promised Land because they believed the words of those who returned to tell them of the giants that possessed the land. Just before they were to enter their Promised Land, words kept them in the wilderness. Then they used their words to grumble and complain until they suffered the consequences of their words—death in the wilderness.

You see, that’s what the enemy does. He causes us to give up, to grow weary, just at the point we are about to experience success. We doubt God’s promises because “Oh, it’s always something,” that happens to keep us in the dark. Let’s be clear. That “always something” is really “someone.” It’s the enemy. We are constantly battling the enemy in the spiritual realm. Just as God has a league of angels working to guide and protect us, Satan has his army set to steal, kill, and destroy. Does he have more power than God? No way. The only power Satan has over us is what we give him. God’s power is love, not lies. His power dwells within us. When we spend time with God and learn to walk in His spirit, God renders Satan powerless.  

Frankly, I think this “It’s always something” kind of thinking blocks the future God plans for us. We expect failure, and we speak failure to ourselves. So, failure is exactly what we manifest in our lives. Wouldn’t aligning ourselves with God and speaking greatness into our lives be so much better? Here’s a fact that most of us don’t consider. Failure results from words the enemy has placed in our minds and mouths. Why not try replacing those negative words with God’s Word and claim your authority over the enemy? Speak joy, faith, and belief, and watch God move mountains on your behalf.

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James 3:3-6 • 1 Peter 3:10 • Matthew 12:37
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.