Beyond the objective of the previous post which defined faith accidents and expounded on why they occur, it is also important to be equipped to recover from a faith accident. If indeed all Christians at some point will suffer setbacks due to faith accidents, there is significant utility to addressing how to recover from one. It is imperative to our recovery to understand that there is nothing special about having suffered a faith accident. This general understanding weakens the impact and grip of the faith accident on your mind. Even Jesus knew that this would be common even among his chosen disciples.
“But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:32 (NIV)
The first key to recovery is right diagnosis. Just as with medical science, doctors look to diagnose before treatment. It is often said that identification of the root cause of a problem means the problem is half solved. This is the commonsensical thing to do. Any setbacks you might have faced up until this point in pursuit of something that was the will of God for you can be loosely called a faith accident.
You are probably thinking; isn’t it possible that I could have done something different by way of planning to avoid said setback? If your objective can succeed entirely by wise planning then faith isn’t required. Faith is required to live the extraordinary life that Christ called us to. Besides when there is a gap in planning, faith overrides and makes things happen notwithstanding. Physically speaking, one could say the crisis that necessitated the miracle of multiplication in the Bible in which Jesus fed the five thousand men with five loaves and two fish could have been avoided by some better planning and forecasting. Though i am not discounting wise planning, even when we fail on strategy and planning, faith is able to bring about success whereas if you fail on faith, planning and strategy cannot help the situation. Besides, faith often comes with friends such as wisdom, insight, direction, and the like. Point is, at the root of the failure was a faith deficiency.
You might say, ‘maybe I just wasn’t persistent enough’. That too is a faith problem. Jesus said in Luke 8:18 as He concluded the parable of the persistent widow, ‘…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth’. He was tying her persistence to her faith. When faith is present in its pure form, persistence is inherent. You might also say, ‘maybe it was an attack of the enemy aka the devil against my pursuits’. Well, my Bible tells me in Ephesians 6:16 that while this is possible, faith is used to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. If you set forth to pursue something that is aligned with God’s will and it failed, it was primarily a faith failure.
You would appreciate this more if you can recall some of your past failures. If you are able to identify them for what they were, the solution becomes apparent to you – build faith. Once you are persuaded that the reason why this failed was a deficiency of faith, you are well on the path to recovery. I said all that to say this, the first key to recovering from a faith accident is identification or accurate diagnosis if you prefer.
The second step on the path to recovery is to obviously treat the issue by building faith. This is not the general concept of faith building but a more targeted and specific approach. Recovering from a faith failure will require you to consciously build your faith in the area of your failure. For instance, if you attempted a business venture that failed, you would need to build faith specifically for success in business. This can be done by studying God’s position on success, meditating on the Word as it pertains to this area till you catch the revelation therein and it enters your spirit, reading faith based books on success to strengthen the revelation, listening to teachings on success, and associating with people who are succeeding by faith. The critical factor here is it must be a targeted treatment. You treat what ails you. It is imprudent to treat an upset tummy with drugs for body aches.
Am I saying general faith cannot address specific issues? No. General faith at its purest and highest form can address diverse issues but this is rarely possessed in my experience. Adopting the specific approach will do more to speed up recovery from a faith accident. Let me remind us of the truth that faith is based on revelation. Often times, we have a stronger revelation in certain areas than others hence we are more inclined to exhibit stronger faith in those areas. Have you ever met people like this? You are probably one. Some might have very strong faith for finances but struggle with faith for healing. This is not ideal however I have seen that to be the reality among men hence our infirmity makes it prudent to take this approach.
Third thing to do on the road to recovery is to try again while applying your new level of faith. You must try again. If your faith has been built up as in step two above, you are naturally stirred up by faith for a do-over. You tried to jump over the fence and you had a collision on your first attempt, the only way to be sure you have recovered is to stand up and jump over the same fence or a higher fence. You won’t turn back at this point with your tail between your legs. The decision to retreat permanently is what helps the transition from failing to being a failure. One is an event, while the other is a permanent state. There is nothing wrong with failing at something. What I challenge you not to become is a failure. You do that by refusing to continue after an event of failure. The same disciples of Jesus who struggled and failed to cast out an evil spirit from a boy wrought many mighty miracles in Acts. Don’t stop at the last attempt.
Insanity is said to be doing the same thing but hoping for a different result. While you are aiming for the same goal, you are not doing the same thing. You have built faith and equipped yourself for this level of ambition. You are more spiritually competent. Once established that your pursuit is within the perimeter of God’s will for you, follow the steps above and I am interested in hearing your testimonies. I pray that in the same place where you failed before, you will record outstanding success and victory in Jesus Name. I see you recover from those faith accidents that have paralyzed you hitherto.
and, “In the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God. – Romans 9:26 (NIV)