Friday, May 14, 2021


It is exciting to think about working miracles in the name of Jesus and doing all kinds of spectacular things. But there are some important points to remember.

When living creatively, we must be prepared to fail. Now no doubt this seems a strange thing to say. Surely the idea is to succeed.

But when we enter the faith realm, success is only possible when the risk of failure is present. Otherwise, it is simply not faith. Faith is unnecessary when failing is impossible.

One of the best-known stories of faith in the New Testament is the story of Peter walking on water. When Peter climbed out of his boat, he must have known there was a possibility of sinking.

If there was no such possibility, then there would have been no miracle. Nor would he have needed to use his faith. In fact, it was only the risk of sinking that made a miracle possible.

  • We cannot have a miracle without a potential impossibility.
  • We cannot experience resurrection without death.
  • We cannot have healing without sickness.
  • We cannot enjoy God’s miraculous provision without first being in desperate need.


The greater the risk of failure, the greater will be the glory to God when we succeed.

To read more on this topic see Living in the Image of God, Barry Chant (Miranda: Tabor, 2012 available in eBook and Paperback) from which this edited extract is taken.

Barry Chant

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Barry Chant is a regular speaker at church services, seminars, conferences and conventions. Hundreds of thousands of his books have been sold around the world. He has degrees in arts, theology and ministry, a diploma in education and a PhD in history. He was the co-founder and former president of Tabor College, Australia.

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