1. Drifting through life without a definite goal.
Have you ever pulled into your driveway on they way home from work and not remember the route you took to get home? Have you ever been on your cell phone while driving and just totally took your mind off the road and where you were. Worse of all, Monday is just like Tuesday, which is just like Wednesday, all the days run together and seem monotonous. You have found yourself in what we in the South call a “rut”. It makes me think of an old driveway that isn’t paved or rocked. You have the two ruts for the tires and the small grassy area in the middle. It is hard getting out of those ruts just like your life. If the days start to feel like they are strung together and everything is exactly like it was then you have fallen into one of the biggest traps of the Devil. You are not seeking guidance, strength, or comfort from God. You are totally relying on yourself to make it through, just like you have in the past.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
2. Inadequate education or inadequate information on your subject
I have a phrase written in the front of my Bible that someone told me a while back, “Know what you believe and believe what you know”. I honestly believe that knowledge is the key to any spiritual growth a Christian will experience. We get tripped up on the seeking of knowledge. It is a two edged sword. The more we know the more we will be responsible for and the greater God will require from us. A lot of the time it is easier for us to remain ignorant of things, or blinded because we don’t want to leave the world of ME! I do believe that people try to replace God in some instances with their own knowledge. God gives us knowledge, the ability to learn and comprehend. People are the same today as in Bible Times. We find in Isaiah 47:10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
3. Lack of self-disciple
One of the biggest problems with our society is people controlling self discipline or waiting on the Lord. We live in a fast food world. We want it now, now NOW! I have heard others describe the opposite of wait being lust. We are going down the wrong path anytime we get ahead of what the Lord has planned for us. Self discipline can also describe controlling our members as Paul put it in Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. We may be saved and living for God, but we are still in this flawed flesh. We will be tempted on all hands during they day. We must work on controlling our members; mind, hands, tongue, feet, etc. The more I accept God’s control over my life, the more self-control he gives me!
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
4. Fear of failure.
Do you live your day and make your decision based on fear of failure? I’m not going to try that because I know I will fail. I deal with this daily. I have a constant battle with myself and the Devil over fear of failure. I have made decisions in the past or passed over opportunities because of this fear of failure. A couple of years ago as a goal set for myself I was going to start trying things out of my comfort zone with God’s help. Little by little I saw that most of the time when I tried something it ended ok. Sometimes I failed, but sometimes I succeeded. I learned from the times I failed and gave God the glory when something went right. The majority of the time I failed it was because of me…..ok 100% of the time I fail it is because of me 🙂 You will fail 100% of the time if you do not try.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
5. Indiscriminate spending of time and/or money
First off, I am in no position to tell anyone what they need to do with their time or money. You will not get my opinions on this, only what the Bible says. I believe this is all we need to make it through life anyway. My mind goes directly to Malachi when I think of tithes. When we think of tithes do we go straight to money? Don’t get me wrong I believe 100% the blessings I receive come from God. God gets His first and I use what is left. There is no erring from that! I also think of tithing our time. I first heard this a few years ago and have thought on it pretty extensively. Think about your day and giving God 10% of your time, not just your earnings. So out of a 24 hour day we should give God 2.4 hours in prayer, reading or studying His word, or helping others. Read Malachi, pray on it
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
6. Lack of control over the tongue
Our preacher preached a message last year entitle, “You have the right to remain silent” where he expounded on controlling our tongues. This also goes back to self control and being able to stop our mouth from moving when the thoughts in our head are not honoring. We have all heard, “It is far better to keep your mouth shut and be considered a fool rather than open it and remove all doubt?” It is hard to take back the hurt or damage that you do when something comes out of your mouth that you did not think about. This also goes for gossip or evil speak.
3 He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
7. Lack of vision and imagination
I think we should all have goals in life, short-term and long-term. We should pray about these goals and seek God’s will for our lives. We should be careful to never limit or but God in a box. Nothing is impossible with God. He will not keep any good thing from us, if we have accepted His Son as our personal savior. Don’t limit Him!
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
8. Egotism and vanity without control.
Pride and vanity rule the world we live in today. It is all about ME! No thought or concerns for others besides themselves. We work with the boys every chance we get about putting others needs and wants above our own. On a small scale I can give you a simple illustration. What will make me happier when I get some extra money from freelancing; going out and buying something for myself or buying something for my wife? I get more enjoyment out of seeing my wife and kids happy than I would buying something for myself. On a larger scale, if I put God first in my life and seek his approval about others then I will be joyous!
2 Kings 17:15
15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them.
9. Having wrong motives
Why do you do the things you do? Why do you go to Church? Are you there out of a feeling of guilt toward someone or are you there to honor and worship God? We can look like the best Christians in the world by the outward appearance and be dirty as filthy rags on the inside. God does not look on the outward, but sees our heart. He sees our motives and knows what we want to gain by our actions.
1Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Just read the whole chapter 🙂
10. A desire for revenge
I have preached in the past on bitterness being the gateway sin that opens you up to endless possibilities. Being bitter and having a heart for revenge puts you in grievance with God. Also, the adage “I will forgive them, but never forget them” doesn’t cut it either. This leads me to one of my favorite passages in the Bible, Ephesians 4:32. It reminds us that we are a forgiven people if we only accept the free gift of salvation that Christ died to give us. We are to forgive as we have been forgiven. We should verbally forgive them and inwardly forgive them. If we have trouble with this leave it with God. Pray for help on getting over that wrong. We are not to judge, but one day we will all be judged by the most just and righteous!
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
I hope and pray that you got some help from what I have found to be problems leading to failure in my life. Please add some or leave comments in the section below. Let me know if you got any help. Thanks and God Bless!