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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.

Walking In The Fullness Of The Blessing

I am walking in the fullness of The Blessing,
fully furnished and liberally supplied.

Filled to the top—nothing wanting.

Filled to the brim—nothing lacking.

My ship is full and overflowing.

The Blessing has come to me. The Blessing has overtaken me.
I am walking in the superabundant, exceeding excess, fullness of The Blessing.

16 Bible Verses That Prove God Is Willing To Provide For You

Our God has unlimited avenues and unusual ways of providing that extend beyond our natural limitations. All we need do is trust Him. Here are a few scriptures we should meditate and key into.

1. Genesis 22:1-14: Jehovah Jireh—the Lord will provide. Verse 14: “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.”

2. Leviticus 26:4-5, 9-10 (AMP): “I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase and the trees of the field yield their fruit. And your threshing [time] shall reach to the vintage and the vintage [time] shall reach to the sowing time, and you shall eat your bread to the full and dwell in your land securely. …For I will be leaning toward you with favor and regard for you, rendering you fruitful, multiplying you, and establishing and ratifying My covenant with you. And you shall eat the [abundant] old store of produce long kept, and clear out the old [to make room] for the new.”

3. Deuteronomy 28:8, 11-12 (AMP): “The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouse and in all that you undertake. And He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you. …And the Lord shall make you have surplus of prosperity, through the fruit of your body, of your livestock, and of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”

4. 1 Samuel 2:8 (AMP): “He raises up the poor out of the dust and lifts up the needy from the ash heap [NLT—garbage dump], to make them sit with nobles and inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and He has set the world upon them.”

5. Psalm 23:1, 5 (AMP): “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.… You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.”

6. Psalm 34:10 (AMP): “The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.”

7. Psalm 36:7-9 (AMP): “How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your own house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light.”

8. Psalm 66:12: “Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.”

9. Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

10. Psalm 85:12 (AMP): “Yes, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.”

11. Psalm 115:14-15: “The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.”

12. Malachi 3:10 (AMP): “Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

13. 2 Corinthians 9:8-12 (AMP): “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And [God] who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness and charity]. Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God. For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.”

14. Philippians 4:19 (AMP/Greek paraphrase): My God will liberally supply, fill to the full, cram, furnish, satisfy, finish and complete all of your needs, employment, requirements, lack and business according to His riches, His wealth, His money and His possessions in glory by Christ Jesus.

15. 1 Timothy 6:17 (AMP): “As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud, arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.”

16. 2 Peter 1:3: “…His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”