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Failing Forward

Rich and Doug discuss how God grows us through failure and pain.

It’s one thing to know that Jesus tells us ‘in this world you will have trouble’; quite another to lean into that hard reality.

Our flesh doesn’t LIKE to be challenged. It doens’t WANT to ’embrace the mace’.

But like anything else worth in life that’s worth having… the thing we’re after is on the other side of a challenge.

And nobody promised us we would succeed in our first try… in many cases an easy success would rob us of the greater victory.

But everything hinges on how we RESPOND to a setback, failure, or defeat.

As Solomon put it in the King Jimmy version: ‘For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again’

It comes down to a decision. Will you be like a real-life Rocky Balboa? Will you be too stubborn to ‘know’ when he’s beaten, showing the kind of tenacity where the opponent was left dumbstruck, ‘He’s not human. He’s like a piece of iron’.

Because the success you are REALLY looking for is on the other side of that kind of tenacity. If we had a generation of Christians with THAT kind of battle-hardened courage, there’s nothing Hell could throw our way to slow down the advance of Christ’s kingdom in whichever sphere we moved it forward… because then, the odds would no longer matter.

You just have to outlast The Enemy, and get up off the mat one more time than he does.

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While you’re at it, here’s Doug’s latest book:

Lionhearted: Making Young Christian Males Rowdy Biblical Men

Dear young Christian male, this book you’re about to read is meant to challenge you to your very core. Its intent is not to make you feel warm and fuzzy. Some of the chapters will upset you greatly, especially if you’re a dandy who was raised with kid gloves by a helicopter mommy.

That said, in addition to the holy introspection contained herein, this book will also shoot adrenaline into your soul. It’ll push you to be a Godly risk taker and earth shaker. A veritable Rebel With A Cause just like the Captain of Our Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ.

If you want a feel-good book that tickles your ears and morphs you into a little Christian popinjay, this tome ain’t for you. You should put this book down and walk away from it immediately. However, if, young man, if … your motto is to give God your utmost for His highest, and you wanna live a life worthy of Christ’s death, then this book will be grist for your mill.

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Doug Giles

Doug Giles is Pastor of Liberty Fellowship in Wimberley, TX, and is the founder of (290M+ page views). Giles is also the author of the NEW book, The Wildman Devotional: A 50 Day Devotional For Men. Follow Doug on Instagram and Truth Social at @thegilesway and on Twitter @TheArtOfDoug.