God desires our “all-round success” in life—spiritual, emotional, financial; the list goes on. For us to achieve success in our walk with God, we need to think and see ourselves as champions.
Champions see what others don’t and are committed to get to where God has shown them. They don’t just settle for a better yesterday, they pursue what’s next!
The multiple challenges in life can sometimes make one feel less of a champion; but to succeed in life we must remember to rejoice always. No matter the circumstance we find ourselves in, being joyful in life is a choice we should make daily.
James 1:2-3 (NKJV) 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
As believers in the Lord Jesus, we are being encouraged to count it, reckon, consider it all joy when we encounter difficult times because the experience builds our faith that we may be perfect and complete.
What can we do to help us rejoice?
- Make a list. A thanksgiving list
Look out for opportunities and people God has placed in your life and be thankful for them. Try as much as you can not to focus on the negative that may be obvious around you, rather choose to be thankful to God for the good He has done and is continually doing for and in you.
- Resist and neutralize anxiety
Anxiety comes from stress, whether emotional or physical; as well as uncertainty of the future. If anxiety isn’t stopped, it can lead to paralysis. Past painful experiences can cause us to be fearful about facing the future but we are to pray instead of being anxious. Talk to God about it.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
- Trust God
Know that God is good and you can trust His Character and Goodness to you.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope
God may permit some things to happen in your life but it is important to know that He doesn’t send those things in your life. No matter where you are at the moment, His desire is to bring you to where you need to be.
- Speak God’s Word to yourself
Encourage yourself with the Word of God. Scripture says in Proverbs 12: 25 that “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” God’s Word is good word. Speak it to yourself.
- Get up from your past and dream
You must dream again; it may be challenging but you must get up to move ahead to where God has called you.
How does someone who has lost everything dream again?
How does one who has failed over and over again dream?
By getting up and looking beyond where you are! Jeremiah 17: 7 states “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” Hope does not disappoint, it births new dreams.
Hope in God for He desires your success in life.