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How to Succeed In Spite of Discouragements

In life all sorts of things happen to us; adversity, setbacks, and challenges hit us on all sides as we pursue our dreams.

Folks we can allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by discouragements when we are hit by these adversities, or we can decide to rise above them, but we just have to decide.

It is natural for us to think of all the wonderful things we would do if we could get rid of things that block our way and defeat our successes. If we didn’t have to struggle with disappointments, with heartaches, with trials and troubles of all sorts.

But in spite of all those wishes, the real test of our greatness and character is whether or not we will fulfil our ambitions and desires to the letter, whether we will execute our plans regardless of the things that are presently trying to pull us down.

Never be discouraged when things don’t work out for you the way you plan them. instead develop the courage to press on until you succeed. Continue reading How to Succeed In Spite of Discouragements

What Are You Confessing?

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The Bible instructs us as Christians that we should hold on to our confessions of faith but too often when we are faced with challenges most of us forget about our faith and “speak reality” little wonder the challenges keep increasing. In order to help us keep professing our faith and confessing positive things into our lives, here are 8 powerful affirmations and confessions to help us through challenges:

  1. “Never Again will I confess “I can’t,” “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4: 13 NAS).
  1. Never Again will I confess lack, for “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NAS).
  1. Never Again will I confess fear, for “God hath not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7 NAS).
  1. Never Again will I confess doubt and lack of faith, for “…God has allotted to each a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3 NAS).

Continue reading What Are You Confessing?

You are Far Richer than You Realize!

A post from a friend of mine (Nikki Bless) shared on facebook with these words “You are far richer than you realize”, got me thinking of the many times, I have judged myself and my worth based on my bank statements, my plenty unmet needs and demands. I always think of my struggles, my bills, and say I am not rich enough to afford this or that. I limit myself, because I had believed and valued myself by the world’s standards.

I forget about the people in the bible who acted on God’s word, and discovered that they were richer than they realized; the widow of Zarephat, how she gave her last meal to Elijah and never lacked what to eat with her son for many seasons; The widow with only a jar of oil, and with many debts to pay; the little boy who gave up his lunch of five loaves of bread and two fishes, and went home with twelve baskets more. Folks, do you often find yourselves in my spot, where you judge your giving to others, by what you have?  Do often value your life by what your bank statements say?’ Do you think you aren’t worth much, because of your many Continue reading You are Far Richer than You Realize!

Powerful, Positive Confessions

When you are faced with a problem all you need do is seek for the solution. But too often when we are faced with life’s difficulties and challenges, rather than seek a way out, many of us increase these negative situations through the words we confess with our mouth. We amplify our challenges, problems, negative circumstances, sicknesses by confessing them in the state they are.

Folks we create our world with the words we speak. If you want to have a world filled with happiness, then we have to think happy thoughts and speak happiness to ourselves and others.
As Christians we see that When God was faced with a challenge during creation, He spoke what he wanted into existence. We can do the same, by applying the principles found the Bible, to recreate our circumstances.

Here are selected Bible passages we can use, to inspire and help us surmount defeat, fear, doubts, worry and anxiety, weaknesses that we may encounter in our daily lives as we journey towards greatness. Study them, confess them daily and see your life transformed. Remember “what we confess we possess.”:

When you are facing defeat confess:

1. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37)

2. “…God…always causeth us to triumph in Christ…” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

3. “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13 )

4. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)

5. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

6. “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31)

When you are afraid confess:

1. “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7)

2. “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10)

3. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me” (Psalms 23:4)

4. “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)

When you are in doubt and lack faith, confess:

1. “…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3

2. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

3. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things [are] possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23 )

4. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16)

5. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” (James 1:6)

When you are weak confess:

1. “…The Lord is the strength of my life…” (Ps. 27:1)

2. “…The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Dan. 11:32)

3. “Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10 )

4. “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

5. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29)

When you are overcome with worry and anxiety confess:

1. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3-4)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
2. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
3. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
4. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” (Matthew 6:25)

8 Ways To Stay Happy, No Matter What.

When “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy…”your peace, happiness, dreams, goals, relationships, success etc, fight back by affirming and deciding that; No matter what challenges, setbacks, opposition, misfortune, delays, betrayals, negativity, rejection I face TODAY:

1. I will be as cheerful as possible.

2. I will try to feel and act a little more friendly toward other people.

3. I am going to be a little less critical and a little more tolerant of other people, their faults, failings and mistakes. I will place the best possible interpretation upon their actions.

4. As much as possible, I am going to act as if success were inevitable, and I already am the sort of personality I want to be. I will practice “acting like” and “feeling like” this new personality.

5. I will not let my own opinion colour facts in a pessimistic or negative way.

6. I will practice smiling regularly.

7. Regardless of what happens, I will react as calmly and as intelligently as possible.

8. I will ignore completely and close my mind to all those pessimistic and negative events which I can do nothing to change.

Each of these simple but powerful habitual ways of acting, feeling, thinking can benefit you and lead you to a life of greatness. Act them out. “Experience” them, and see worry, guilt, hostility diminish and your confidence increase.

Just For Today

The words you will read below were culled from a text by Dale Carnegie. They were originally written by Sibyl F. Partridge. If we follow them, practice them diligently, they would reduce our worries and increase our joys, leading us to “live our greatest lives”.

Just For Today

Just for today I will be happy. This assumes that what Abraham Lincoln said is true, that “most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Happiness is from within; it is not a matter of externals.

Just for today I will try to adjust myself to what is, and not try to adjust everything to my own desires. I will take my family, my business, and my luck as they come and fit myself to them.

Just for today I will take care of my body. I will exercise it, care for it, nourish it, not abuse it nor neglect it, so that it will be a perfect machine for my bidding.

Just for today I will try to strengthen my mind. I will learn something useful. I will not be a mental loafer. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration.

Just for today I will exercise my soul in three ways: I will do somebody a good turn and not get found out. I will do at least two things I don’t want to do, as William James suggests, just for exercise.

Just for today I will be agreeable. I will look as well as I can, dress as becomingly as possible, talk low, act courteously, be liberal with praise, criticise not at all, nor find fault with anything and not try to regulate nor improve anyone.

Just for today I will try to live through this day only, not to tackle my whole life problem at once. I can do things for twelve hours that would appall me if I had to keep them up for a lifetime.

Just for today I will have a programme. I will write down what I expect to do every hour. I may not follow it exactly, but I will have it. It will eliminate two pests, hurry and indecision.

Just for today I will have a quiet half-hour all by myself and relax. In this half-hour sometimes I will think of God, so as to get a little more perspective into my life.

Just for today I will be unafraid, especially I will not be afraid to be happy, to enjoy what is beautiful, to love, and to believe that those I love, love me.

One Day At A Time

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34

How often we ignore these words, and put off living our lives daily, one day at a time as instructed. Though this year is still young, some of us are already worried about tomorrow, next week, next month, next six months. There are others who’ve fast tracked into December, thinking if they were able to end the year successfully. Maybe yours is the next month’s car payments; afraid of the bills, mortgage payment, house rents; afraid you may not have what to eat in the coming days, weeks, months etc. if we put the words of Jesus to practice, we would discover that, “everyday is a new life for a wise man”.

We must “learn to forget the yesterdays and to not think of the tomorrows”. No matter what you are going through, try and enjoy today and make the most of it, for as the psalmist says; “This is the day that the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Today holds your future! Here is an inspiring poem by Kalidasa (Indian Dramatist) I found in one of Dale Carnegie’s works, that asserts the importance of Today:

Salutation To The Dawn

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.

In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of achievement.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.