This week as I was praying, God dropped five profound words into my spirit: “You are not a failure!” It felt wonderful to realise that, despite the numerous challenges I faced, God saw something of value in me; He saw a success!
Too often in life, when things don’t go according to our plan, we are tempted to label ourselves as failures. When we don’t quickly reach targets we had set for ourselves, we become discouraged and view ourselves as “struggling” or “under-achieving”.
Yet the only things that can ever make us fail are the thoughts we think of ourselves; and the doubts we cultivate concerning our own abilities.
Consider this common scenario, of people who are unemployed and are looking for work. They may have gone for countless interviews, some of which have gone really well, but they are yet to land a job. The way they think and speak about themselves in the run-up to actually landing a job is critical to their success! It determines whether they receive their breakthrough or not.
No matter what things look like now, stay positive! Your situation is changing; and you are winning!
“Walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Imagine yourself already doing the job, or other things, you long to do. Know that everything you see today, including this newspaper you are holding, first began in the unseen realm of someone’s dreams; as a mere figment of their imagination. As every ‘overnight success’ will tell you, it takes time to build anything lasting and worthwhile. Never give up on your dreams.
How can you keep going in the face of apparently insurmountable obstacles? Consider using these five, easy steps:
One ÔÇô Walk with God. When you listen to the voice of God, you receive supernatural guidance towards your goals. As Jeremiah 29:11 tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God wants what is best for you, because it glorifies His Kingdom. Imagine how much your earthly father sacrificed to ensure you had a decent life; what more your father in heaven? “If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” (Matthew 7:11). As a child of God, remain supremely confident that nothing is impossible for God.
Two – Stay focused on the desires of your heart. Obstacles and challenges are a normal part of life. Keep your eyes on the prize and move forward.
Never give up! “I tell you…because of his shameless persistence and insistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” (Luke 11:8)
Three – Believe in yourself. Many of us lament that people don’t believe in us, when we in fact, we don’t believe in ourselves. Be your own biggest supporter. Count your achievements, however small, along the way. Do not despise the days of small beginnings.
Four – Keep declaring your success! God’s Word is a rod of power in your hands. Speak His Word back to Him and remind him of His promises to you; plans to prosper you and not harm you.” Declare that God’s uncommon favour surrounds you like a shield; and that as the seed of Abraham, his blessings are yours.
Finally, stop worrying! You cannot remain in faith about what God will do for you, and worry about your future at the same time. When you have faith, you serve God; and when you fear, you serve the enemy, who only comes to kill steal and destroy.
Matthew 6: 25-34 states: “Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, and what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?
Some of us think it’s unrealistic not to worry, because we have rent to pay and mouths to feed. Yet the very thing that we’re worried about, we’re also hastening into our lives: “Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).
Focus only on those things that are “true, honest, pure, lovely, and of good report.” (Philippians 4:8). If it’s true, but not of good report, don’t focus on it! Once you do this; when you make that change to your inner man, the outer man must follow!
Make sure that you “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
In other words, don’t bombard God with a litany of complaints! If that worked, we would all be thin, billionaires by now.
As the Word states, make definite requests (of what you want, not what you don’t want). Also, do it with thanksgiving – be mindful to thank God for the myriad ways in which He’s already blessed you; and continue to make your wants (or desires) made to Him.
This week, pay attention to the thoughts that you cultivate about your life; as well as the way you speak about yourself. You are not a failure! Instead of simply acknowledging that statement, declare that, “I am a success!” Rid yourself of any views to the contrary, including anybody who’s trying to drag you down!
Remember: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end [fulfilment]; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait [earnestly] for it, because it will come…on its appointed day.” (Habbakuk 2:3)
Make it a great week!
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