Fizzling Faith in the Furnace of FailureBy Pastor Bobby

Fizzling faith in the furnace of failure.


Hebrews 11: 36-39

What happens when you fail even when you step out in faith?

“The only time you become a failure is when you fall you refuse to get up and try again”   Bobby Sullivan


How many of you have ever tried something for God and messed up?  How many of you have ever tried to do something for God when in all reality you were trying it for yourself hoping to please God in the process.

The attention you received was not the attention you were looking for!!!   God was going “What are you doing?”   But God!!   But God!! I was just trying to………



“If at first you don’t succeed try try again”

“If you can dream it, you can do it”

“If at first you don’t succeed, then sky diving is not for you!”

“If at first you don’t succeed, you need to try something harder”



I have to ask you in a faith filled church if you ever felt like a failure?

“Failure is a detour, not a dead end street”

“Failure is the tuition you pay for success” Walter Brunell


David and Joseph

David: From the time of the dream to the fulfillment of the dream was about 14 years. From the time David knew he would be king to the time he got was about   14 years!!

David was anointed as a future kiing when he was a young shepherd ( 1 Sam. 16:11-13), perhaps 12-15 years old. H was anointed as King of Israel when he was thirty years old. (2 Sam. 5:3) This means that it was at least 15 years before he became king of Israel.

Shepherd Boy, Kills Giant. People sang “Saul has killed 1000’s and David tens of 1000’s!!  David spent 14 years or so running and hiding from Saul.

In the eyes of people today he would have been considered a FAILURE!


JOSEPH:  17 years old and began to have dreams!

Genesis 37:5 “  1 sheave of grain came out and 11 bowed down

Vs 9 “ sun and moon and 11 stars bowed down     They said you think your Mother and Father and all 11 of us will bow down before you?

14 years Joseph lived as an apparent failure!

Brothers threw him in a pit, slavery, accused of rape with Potaphars wife, thrown in prison where he learned to interpret dreams, then effectually becomes second in command but only 14 years after the dreams!!!

Psalms 105:19  19

Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.

Tested:  Hebrew  tsaw-raf  means to refine, to test, and prove true, to be refined

In other words, the Lord tested and refined Josephs character development for 14 years!!!

Evangelistic Training Center Prophesy August 1997


The silence of God is not the absence of God.

Its simmering time for some of us!



 Character is A description of a person's attributes, traits, or abilities.

Charisma is  a special personal quality or power of an individual making him capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people.

Charisma is a gifting: Just because someone is gifted with influence, wealth and personality does not mean that persons pleases God. Charisma is what you already have.

Character come s from within you not whats on the outside of you!

It is time for us to cross the line of inadequacy and the lines drawn in the sand by the giants of our present day failures and ghost of your past.



Get free, live free and free others




1.) Failure is an event not a person!   We all fail sometimes

2.) Failire is not final!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts”  Winson Churchill

We must be dead to criticism and to praise. Both will kill us. When people praise us we give God the glory. When they criticize us we inadvertently take praise because we are accepting the blame for what happened. RHB

SO we must give the Lordthe glory and the criticism!!


3.) Failure is the first step to fun or SUCCESS.

“Success builds Character. Failure reveals it”  “Try and fail, but don’t fail to try”


T. Edison  had 1100 patents-totally deaf by mid-age. He could not hear his accusers.

“Im not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.:”

HE said, Failure is not a option. Its necessary. I have not failed, I just found 10,000 way not to make a light bulb!!

4.) If you fail and don tlearn from it, you failed twice

“Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” T. Edison


“We just ourselves by our intentions, we judge others by their actions”



With Faith all things are possible.


Sometimes things happen so that in the midst of the trails and errors, God allows these things so that when the dreams or prophesy is ready to be revealed, your character is there to fulfill it!!