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How to be a winner in life, when the going gets tough

Mon, 12 May 2014 05:17
by Bishop W. Abrahams
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Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”
As we travel through life, we encounter numerous hurdles and obstacles and be it a bad divorce, the death of a loved one, a financial crisis, or a broken heart from a destroyed relationship; if we are not strong in our faith in Christ, those obstacles will destroy us. Some may blow over, others may not.
Crises will always resurface and then we are back to square-one where we have to face the same demons we thought had left us.
I trust, today, through this teaching and with biblical insight, whatever
you may encounter - whether an emotional or spiritual attack - God will vindicate you in the might name of Jesus Christ.
Let’s look at the 12 keys to being a winner in life:
1. To be a winner, you must be someone who has a big heart, filled with love. Hebrews 13:1 says, “Let brotherly love continue.” This means you must have a foundation from where goodness flows, because love is not just a feeling but power that can help us overcome things. The golden rule of life is; ‘Do unto others as you would like to be done to you’.”
2. You must have strong faith and stay serene. James 1:6 says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. Faith in God is our rock, faith in God overcomes the most impossible problems. It empowers us and reinforces our growth.
3. You must focus on your determination - the difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination. It hits the target, removes indecision and is the very basis of success.
4. You must learn to manage your moods. If your moods are ungovernable, it governs the whole person. If a bad mood upsets you, or somebody else’s mood angers you, then you should call a friend, pray and/or take a walk, to cool down. Try to keep your moods to yourself - you have no right annoying others. Stay calm, God is on your side.
5. You must try to stay motivated at all times, because motivation builds and steers the character of our life, if you lose confidence, you lose momentum and when you lose momentum, you lose motivation. Motivation is the staying power that breaks limitations and it overcomes any limitation we may have.
6. You need to maintain a great sense of humour. The Bible says in
Proverbs 15:13: “A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance but by sorrow of the heart, the spirit is broken.” Humor is a sign of emotional stability, mental health and proportion. Humor springs from the heart. It’s the very essence of love; it is goodness and wisdom combined.
7. Be courageous. Deuteronomy 31:6 says; “Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them for the Lord thy God, He is who goes with you; He will not fail, nor forsake you.”
Courage is the ability to face the strains and setbacks of life. It is the first human quality, because it guarantees all others. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. It is the power to stand up again after you have fallen.
8. Justice upholds the rights of people and it assigns to every man his due - it clothes a person with dignity, irrespective of their identity.
9. You must have the power of patience. Hebrews 10:36 says; “For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise, it bears calmly and sustains all trouble with composure as patience accepts people for what they are.”
10. You must have a spirit of friendship. John 15:15 says; “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth but I have called you friends for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” Friendship rests on mutual esteem and interior affection.
Friendship is a bridge of connection, a corridor of relationship that reaches out, saying, ‘we are on the same page’.
One should forgive much, forget much and forbear much. Love is blind but friendship closes its eyes.
11. You must possess magnanimity - being ready to serve others without any distinction. Philippians 2:14 says: “Do all things without murmuring and disputing.” Magnanimity forgives, it is driven by force of love and sympathy, not by pity.
12. You must have a sportsmanship spirit, which cultivates skill and good
spirit in all events of life. It takes a good man to win, without boasting and lose without murmuring.
Prayer for the week: Dear Lord, give me the strength to make love fruitful in Your service. Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might. Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily troubles and give me the strength to surrender to Thy will my life,
my love, my all, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Until next week, stay blessed!