Go out in victory

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We live in a world where we have to overcome hurdles, stumbling blocks and obstacles to achieve desired goals and aspirations.

Not all of us inherit a good family fortune. Some have to fight bruising battles to make it in life. You may face so imposing challenges that by the time you try to overcome you are so discouraged and mentally defeated.

Your attempt will be a waste of time because you would have already written the verdict in your mind and you will be looking for witnesses to confirm it.

Haven’t you ever entered a fight just to confirm your fear of losing and you exclaim: “I knew it!”

Not everyone believes you can make it, and even if they believe that you stand a chance, they may be jealous and advise you not to participate.

They can tell you that you are good for nothing. Sometimes you have to close your ears to the voice of the world and open your eyes to your destiny and calling.

During my years in counselling, I have seen people folding their hands and giving up pursuit of their dreams while they have what it takes to conquer.

Don’t surrender prematurely; perchance you are earmarked for victory. Don’t settle for mediocrity, you might be carrying genes of success.

You should not be too quick to exclude yourself from the success story, but rather have faith and be involved in the writing of history.

Faced with a negative atmosphere and an adverse attitude from his countrymen, King David had to rely on himself for courage and support. 1 Samuel 30:6 records, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters, but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”

There are times when you have to be your only supporter, rallying behind yourself, cheering yourself up and singing your war cry.

Sometimes society is so preoccupied with its own problems and there is no one to encourage and comfort you.

This is the time to dig into your inner being and believe God has a purpose for you, and rise up to the challenge.

You are more than equal to the challenge. Learn to live a victorious life as opposed to a defeated one.

Your opposition is afraid of you. If you speak bad about yourself, the adversary will gain mileage and begin to believe that you are powerless.

Your positive confession will convince your opponent that you are a victor.

Even if you have doubts about your ability and preparedness, don’t give the devil leverage by confessing your shortfalls, but rather shout at the top of your voice that you are more than ready for the contest.

See yourself holding the trophy and prize money.

Sometimes people would have already failed in their hearts and minds by the time they go for an interview, test, examination, contest or match.

Don’t speak against yourself, speak well of yourself and be positive. Never look down upon yourself.

I like the attitude of H Jackson Brown Jr who said: “I don’t expect to lose. Even when I’m the underdog, I still prepare a victory speech.”

Convince yourself that you are going to win and we will be persuaded to believe you and we will end up supporting you. Go ahead and write your victory speech.

It is time to buy the wedding gown, pampers for the not-yet-conceived baby, bricks, cement and plan for the stand that is on its way. Take a step of faith.

When you are alone, learn to confess positive outcomes; life not death, health not sickness, and victory not failure.

Change your thought pattern by emptying all negative thoughts and entertain the desires of your heart. Begin to see yourself succeeding and achieving your goals.

When fear and thoughts of failure come, quickly replace them by the promises of God. There are Scriptures that should control your thought pattern such as the following. Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Paul encourages you with Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Encourage yourself and be victorious; you are going somewhere.

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