SUCCESS THROUGH ADVERSITY

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I have lost almost 300 games.  On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed.  I have failed over and over again in my life.  And that’s precisely why I succeed. ” Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championship titles.

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People, do you think you are a failure?  A failure is a person who fails and therefore decides to give up.  A success is a person who fails and decides to keep trying until he or she succeeds.  Every great man or woman of the bible failed repeatedly. The only difference between them and another person was they made a decision at some point to allow those failures to be stepping-stones in their lives.

When we are discouraged, disheartened, tired, hopeless and worn out we feel as though we will never be able to succeed.  Remember, what you “feel” does not necessarily reflect God’s reality. God’s reality is that He is using the difficulty you are now experiencing to conform you, change you, mold you and make you the great success He wants you to be.

Evangelist Leonard Ravenhill says:

“And then that very famous, popular verse: Romans 8:28. “All THINGS work together for good.” Not some things. All THINGS. Losses as well as gain; invisible things as well as visible; those that are bitter as well as those that are sweet. All things work together for good. Mr. Chadwick used to tell us the only way to read that verse was backwards.

“To them that love God, to them who are the called, according to His purpose, all things work together for good.”

If you read it the right way, the forward way, it doesn’t make too much impression. But if you read it from the back- “to them that love God, all things work together for good – to them that are called according to His purpose”. Now verse 31, “What shall we say to these THINGS? If God be for us, who can be against us?”I believe Paul throws his shoulders back and laughs in the face of the devil and says you haven’t an invention in Hell that can separate me from God’s love!”

Roman 8:37 says “In all these things we are MORE than CONQUERORS through Him who loved us.”

In what things? In difficulties, discouragements, distress, heartaches, persecution, famines, hunger, physical pain, unemployment, homelessness, divorce, abandonment and every type of seeming failure. The very thing that you thought would destroy you is the  very thing that is now developing you because God calls you a conqueror. Even more than a conqueror – a success, an overcomer. 

Your problems seemed as boulders to stop you from being the man or woman God created you to be. Now you know they are only small stepping-stones on your path of victory.

Right now say “I am more than a conqueror. I am a success.” Say it 10 times. Now say it all day long out loud.

Now you will begin to see yourself as God sees you – an overcomer in Christ. 

One thought on “SUCCESS THROUGH ADVERSITY

  1. Jackie,
    Another great message; God has impressed the same on my heart as well. Today I wrote about Facing Failure. I’d promised God for 45 years I wouldn’t fail, and I kept failing over and over. Last November, I stood on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the Holy Land on the spot where the Risen Christ appears to Peter. Christ doesn’t ask him why he ran at the crucifixion, or asks Peter to confess his sins. Christ asks Peter to confess his LOVE FOR HIM. God’s plan for us has failures built in and He already knows about them. But we don’t need to feel guilty about our failures, Jesus continues through His grace and mercy to LOVE US anyway. And all he asks of us is to LOVE HIM IN RETURN. The fishing story is in John 21, but I wrote a personal account of my encounter with the Risen Christ on my blog this morning.
    http://www.agathanolen.com/journal/facing-failure.html
    Blessings for your wonderful ministry!
    Agatha

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