A.  The expression “successful failure” sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it?  But it can be a
               reality.  Philippians 1:12-14 (867)
               1.  Paul had planned to go to Rome.
               2.  He went but not as he had planned because he was taken as a result of appealing to
               3.  Paul was sentenced as a prisoner, but had great success preaching the gospel.
                    Philippians 4:22
               4.  One might say that Paul was a successful failure.

         B.  During our lifetime we have experiences that can be called failures.  Examples:

         C.  Let’s consider three cases of how we can turn our failures into successful failures.

     I.  An experience isn’t a failure if it prods us to keep trying.

         A.  Examples:  Thomas Editor, the inventor-

                                  Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President-

         B.  Galatians 6:9-10 (863)

               1.  Don’t lose heart.  Don’t give up.

   II.  An experience isn’t a failure if it enables us to discover our true self.

         A.  Example:

         B.  The prodigal son. Luke 15:11-24 (767)

               1.  He “journeyed to a far country.”  V13

               2.  “But when he came to himself “.  V17

  III.  An experience isn’t a failure if through it we develop a deeper faith in God.

         A.  Example:  The apostle Paul
               1.  Philippians 3:12-15 (868)

               2.  2 Timothy 4:6-8 (880)

Conclusion:  Review and invitation.