It can be very disheartening to experience failure when you set out to accomplish what God has revealed to you. If you are not careful, doubt and embarrassment can become your constant companions, hovering over you like a dark cloud. However, this is not God's good and perfect will for you. He desires that you prosper in all that you do.
After hearing from God, what you do next will influence the degree of success you experience. If you do not respond wisely, you can experience failure after hearing from God. However, this does not mean that God is the cause of your failure or that you missed God but that your actions sabotaged your success.
Consider what Paul had to say in Galatians when he received revelation from God:
"But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood,"
Galatians 1:15-16 NKJV
- Paul acknowledged that what he received was from God. He did not try to take credit for the revelation.
- He received the revelation by faith.
- He did not instantly go seeking to gain the opinion of others.
- He did not attempt to move ahead of God. Instead, he waited to share his message when and with whom God instructed.
He experienced success rather than failure after hearing from God. It is vital that you respond properly after hearing from God. If not, when opposition and doubt occur you will become discouraged and abandon the revelation you received from God. No matter how tempting it might be to text, phone, or email someone to share with them the revelation that God has revealed, you must first solidify that revelation in your heart by faith through the Word of God before you share it with others or act on it.