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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).

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Strive to Fail!

“To have failed is to have striven, and to have striven is to have grown.” – Maltbie D. Babcock

Oh how true these words are. It takes a lot of courage for you try out something and fail in it. Though the world may laugh and mock you for attempting something and failing, no one who has tried and failed had been without benefit because through failure we learn; we grow; we gain the experience to become better than those we sit and laugh and never attempt anything grand.

Do you want to try something but you are scared of failing? My advice is, put yourself out there and fail in it. You see all the world’s greatest individuals from sports, business, politics, or whatever field you can think of have been the most failures. You don’t know because you just see their successes and celebrate them. But if you get to ask them what between the success and failure they treasure most? 99% of them will tell you it was that opportunity they had to fail.

Your failures are pointers towards the kinds of successes you will record in the future. Never be afraid to fail. The people we should be afraid of in life are those who haven’t tried anything; those whose dreams only remain in their heads; whose light have been hidden in their houses, and they remain afraid to shine outside because of what others may say about them. Continue reading Strive to Fail!

Humility Costs Less but Pays Much

In most religious teachings, including my faith Christianity, we are often admonished to be humble, to be meek; to develop the child like attitude when dealing with others. I have discovered that while many of us talk about being humble, we find it really difficult to practice it.

Everyone wants to be heard and seen, the society labels you as a coward; sometimes foolish, if you give up the need to be right, and be kind. Or when you bring yourself low enough to reach out to others.

But I have discovered that humility is a very important ingredient in the recipe for greatness, as all truly great people who have walked this earth were considered as being extremely humble.

Recently I stumbled upon a text taken from the ancient Chinese classic “36 Strategies” in which it was written, “Pretend to be a pig in order to eat the tiger.”

“According to this concept, when the Asian hunter is ready to hunt the tiger, he will sit and contemplate the easiest way to bag a tiger. The conclusion he reaches is that he will make himself the bait for the tiger. He dresses in pig’s clothing and waits in the woods. The tiger will come close, thinking this pig will make a delicious lunch. When the tiger is so close the hunter cannot miss, he will shoot the tiger.” Continue reading Humility Costs Less but Pays Much

Don’t Stay Down!

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You may have gone through a lot of difficulties in the past. Maybe the past has been a bitter disappointment to you. In thinking of your life, it may feel that you have been a failure, or at best you have been struggling to get along. You may not have succeeded in some of the things you set out to do; you may have lost money in the businesses you ventured into; you may have lost friends and family members dear to you. You may have lost your business or your job, and even your home may have been lost to your creditors, or because of sickness or some other travails. Maybe a serious accident may have robbed you of your energies.

But in spite of any or all of these challenges and misfortunes, if you refuse to be defeated by them, you will come out victorious in the end. Because it has been proven that just because a person falls doesn’t mean he is defeated. One is only defeated if he doesn’t get back up after the fall. There are some of us who get along beautifully well when things are smooth. – While we are accumulating wealth, acquiring properties, gaining friends and recognition, our character seem to be strong and our lives well balanced Continue reading Don’t Stay Down!

Climb Until Your Dreams Come True

Climb ‘Til Your Dream Comes True

Often your tasks will be many, And more than you think you can do . . . Often the road will be rugged And the hills insurmountable, too . . .

But always remember, the hills ahead Are never as steep as they seem, And with faith in your heart start upward And climb ‘til you reach your dream,

For nothing in life that is worthy Is ever too hard to achieve If you have the faith to try it And you have the faith to believe . . . Continue reading Climb Until Your Dreams Come True

“No Retreat, No Surrender!”

There are times when after making so much progress in life, and accomplishing great feats, we are hit by challenges and we become terribly discouraged. We begin to think that it is easier and better to retreat than to push ahead.

If you are faced with this situation as you are reading this, I want you to remember that “there is no victory in retreating”. Learn to burn your bridges behind you, never leave room for the enemy to tempt you through discouragement, indecision, fear and setbacks. Have the courage and faith to move on no matter what. Affirm to yourself that; “No matter how rough or how hard it gets, I am going to make it.” Keep pushing when things look dark and huge obstacles confront you. Keep pushing when you walk through “the valley of the shadow of death”, because you are not alone, others have passed through this route and have overcome.

Folks, never estimate your future, your progress in life by the little troubles, pains, challenges, misfortune, diseases that confront you now. “The black clouds which shut out your sun today, will be gone by tomorrow.”