No one likes to lose. It feels so much better to win. Your battles in life are real and I am sure you have gone through times when you just wanted to surrender but Romans 8:37 says that “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” I challenge you to change your perspective when you find your back is up against a wall. I believe that every problem has a solution and you must find that solution no matter what it takes.
All of us have untapped ideas and solutions that are just waiting for us to lock into. Don’t think that just because you find yourself in a difficult situation, that it is God’s will for you. God wants you to succeed; He wants you to be a winner but it will require something that is not easy to do and that is to ‘think.’ Most people don’t think. If they don’t see the answer immediately they give up and tell themselves “I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” Allow the Holy Spirit to become your business partner, your counselor and your guide. Ask Him for wisdom and He will lead you to not just any answer, but to the one answer that will turn out for your good. Psalm 107:6 says “then they cried to the Lord in their troubles and He delivered them from their distress.”
Even when you are being led by God to accomplish His purposes, you will run into obstacles that will make you ask yourself ‘did I really hear from God?’ You must trust God and lean not unto your own understanding. Nothing or no one can change God’s plan for you. Remember, no situation is ever hopeless or impossible. Every problem has a solution – you just haven’t found it yet. We must not allow ourselves to feel hopeless. People who don’t know God have a reason to feel hopeless but not the children of the Most High God! The Holy Spirit is there to guide you to the solution that will cause you to win, but many times we forget that we have this advocate sent by the Father to help us. When Jesus departed He told us about the Comforter, the One who would take His place here on earth. Think about Him and you will find that you really don’t have to lean on your own understanding.
Live with hope. No solution is ever hopeless or impossible to achieve. The Spirit of God will give you the wisdom to think outside of the box. We must press into God if we want to win. A person with a winning attitude will always find a way to win and not even consider failure as an option. You were created with the God given ability to also create. You were created to win. May God’s will be done in you and through you so that the world will be blessed.
Do you know that God has given us over 3000 promises in His Word? Do you also know that God wants to make these promises a reality in your life? Why, then, don’t we have those things that God has promised? The answer is simple; we don’t ask. Matthew 7:7 says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” It is our responsibility to ask and that is why many of us are missing out on our blessings because we have failed to ask. James 4:2 warns us “that we have not because we ask not.”
Asking God is the solution to all of our problems. Asking God acknowledges that we have a problem and we believe that God is the solution. You must ask. If we want something from God, we must ask. If we ask, we receive. If we do not ask, we do not receive. Knowing this, I wonder how many of us apply it consistently in our lives. Many of us have a wish list when we need to have a ‘ask list.’ We wish for that a situation to get better, or that we might be able to do this or that, but too often we fail to turn our wish into a prayer. Jesus wants us to receive the desires of our hearts but the only way to receive from the Father is to ask.
Don’t let your mind jump to the “what if’s” and try to figure out whether or not you will receive what you have asked for. Just take a moment to believe God and take Him at His word. He will amaze you at His goodness. Whatever you desire, ask God for it. You will never have what you never ask for.
Do you have a dream that is so big that you have convinced yourself that it could never happen in your lifetime? The bigness of it even scares you when you think about it, yet you can’t stop thinking about it. I’m talking about a dream that is beyond normal, beyond everyone’s expectations. That dream is a seed that God has planted within you and it is His plan for your life. Acts 2:17 says “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.”
If you are dreaming a dream that only the favor of God will bring to pass, guard your dream in your heart until it is time for you to put your faith to work. Be prepared for opposition – it comes with the territory but faith is seeing every situation and circumstance as God sees it regardless how challenging or hopeless it might seem. God is greater than any obstacle that the enemy of your soul will throw at you. Moses faced the Red Sea but kept moving forward and saw God do the impossible. David saw that no giant of a problem is too big for God if you only believe. Joshua saw his enemies occupying his promised land, but God showed him that the battle belonged to the Lord. You are more than a conqueror. If you stay focused and committed, you too will come to know that God can do exceedingly more than you can ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20).
What has God enabled you to see that does not exist yet? Don’t be afraid to do what no one has ever done. Don’t focus on what you are up against; focus on your goal. Walt Disney said “it’s fun to do the impossible.” Never think that anything is impossible because God might just be waiting for someone with enough faith to do that very thing. Could that be you?
Great things can be accomplished at any age. It’s never too late to be who you want to be. If you are not where you want to be, don’t be afraid to start over. Start over and build something better than you had. We fail only when we fail to try again. Failure is the path of least persistence. Have faith and keep trying. Have the courage to take a risk. That’s what brings success in life. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is. If at first you don’t succeed, you’re normal. Try again. Many times success is right around the corner. You are never a failure until you quit. The fact is everyone experiences failure in life. We all have setbacks and losses but what matters most is what you do when things don’t work out the way you had planned. God is more interested in your future than He is in your past. Could it be that God’s plan for you is bigger than you had thought? Jeremiah 29:11 says “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.”
Our attitude toward life will determine life’s attitude toward us. If you think you can’t, chances are you won’t. On the other hand, if you think you can, wonderful things will begin to happen. Life will give back to you a reward for your perseverance. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody will. Don’t expect others to see gold where you can only see dust. If you don’t believe that you are capable then you are doomed. Focus on your vision and not your current circumstances. Renew your mind so that it aligns itself with the kingdom of God. If you can believe that all things are possible, then all things are possible. What’s possible for you is not based on what others think but on what you think. Proverbs 23:7 says “as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” Think positive, act positive and you will get positive results.
It’s never too late to start over. Your past is gone. Shape your future and make the most of the present. You are not perfect but neither is anyone else. You’ve made mistakes but so has everyone else. So relax. God has given you everything you need to become the person He created you to be but it is up to you to pursue that dream in your heart. You deserve the best and when you have achieved all that you have set out to do, give God the glory and remember that you are blessed to be a blessing.