Philippians 3:8-14 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Mistakes, failure, and times during which our life was not right with
God. Only not so long ago, I changed my thinking about several characters
in the Bible. King David was always in my mind "the man of God's
heart", however, he was also a murderer and an adulterer. Peter was
given the keys to the kingdom of heaven and he was an excellent servant
of God; however, it seems that he never said the right things when he
was around Jesus and he had a fiery temperament and was hot-tempered.
When Elijah ran for his life from Jezebel, he wanted to die under a juniper
tree; and Thomas doubted that Jesus had appeared before the other disciples.
These are only some examples of people like you and me, who accomplished
great things in God, yet nevertheless, fell a few times on their way.