Fear of Failure
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Romans 8:1–8:2
The Fear of Failure
Going through life “playing not to lose,” rather than “playing to win.” It’s us making safe, predictable, non-risky decisions that keep us in our comfort zone
What's at Stake
The fear of failure can keep us from following God and growing in our faith. We need to get to the place where our desire for obedience is greater than our fear of failure… where we choose the right thing over the safe thing.
“What if I don’t succeed?”
“I am what I achieve because my acceptance is based on my achievements.”
Effects from Fear of Failure
We don’t step out in faith; We don’t try our hardest; We don’t make commitments; Comparison becomes competition; We become more self-centered
In Christ, I am already accepted and my true worth is found in the unconditional love of Jesus.
Romans 8:1-2 NIV
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
John 8:36 NIV
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Overcoming Fear of Failure #1
1. Dwell upon God’s promises so that His view of you molds yours
Overcoming Fear of Failure #2
2. Take a risk and put into practice what you know to be true
Overcoming Fear of Failure #3
3. Strive for success as God defines it (faithfulness not results)
Overcoming Fear of Failure #4
4. Free yourself from jealous competition