Thousands of books have been written about what it takes to be a winner in life. These books include many choice nuggets or as I call them RICH THOUGHTS.
On occasion you will find some thoughts that are way out in left field. . .and should be forgotten as quickly as they were read.
However, there is ONE BOOK which is always RIGHT. . .always ACCURATE and totally GUARANTEED. It’s the Word of God.
Here are seven keys for every winner as revealed in God’s Holy Bible.
# 1 Have a ‘Never Give Up’ Attitude
One of the biggest challenges most Christians face is giving up on their dreams, goals and assignments before they achieve victory.
The only way we lose in life. . .is if we give up and quit.
The scripture is very clear about why we should never think about giving up. Here are seven reasons why. . .we should keep on. . .keeping on.
First, 2 Corinthians 4:8 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up.”
Second, Luke 18:1 in the New Living Translation says:
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.”
Third, Romans 12:11 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord.”
Fourth, Psalm 71:14 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“I will never give up hope or stop praising you.”
Fifth, 2 Corinthians 4:16 in the New Living Translation says:
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.”
Sixth, 2 Corinthians 4:1 in the New Living Translation says:
“Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.”
Seventh, 2 Timothy 3:10 in the New Century Version says:
“[Obey the Teachings ] But you have followed what I teach, the way I live, my goal, faith, patience, and love. You know I never give up.”
Let me tell you a story.
When Carrey was 14 years old, his father lost his job, and his family hit rough times. They moved into a VW van on a relative’s lawn, and the young aspiring comedian—who was so dedicated to his dream that he mailed his resume to The Carroll Burnett Show just a few years earlier, at age 10—took an eight-hour-per-day factory job after school to help make ends meet.
At age 15, Carrey performed his comedy routine onstage for the first time—in a suit his mom made him—and totally bombed, but he was undeterred.
The next year, at 16, he quit school to focus on comedy full time. He moved to LA shortly after, where he would park on Mulholland Drive every night and visualize his success.
One of these nights he wrote himself a check for $10,000,000 for “Acting Services Rendered,” which he dated for Thanksgiving 1995.
Just before that date, Jim Carrey hit his payday with “Dumb and Dumber.” He put the deteriorated check, which he’d kept in his wallet the whole time, in his father’s casket.
# 2 Never Let Your Victories Or Success Go To Your Head
Always remember. . .why you are where you are. . .and who gave you life (eternal and abundant) along with a vision for your future.
Deuteronomy 15:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you!”
If you continually remember and honor God for what He’s done for you then you will always keep your victories in a proper and scriptural perspective.
Deuteronomy 26:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.”
# 3 Never Let Failure Go To Your Heart
Over the years, sadly, I’ve had a number of people refer to themselves as failures without realizing the spiritual impact of such an incorrect confession.
Failure is an event. . .it’s not who you are.
When you try something and it doesn’t work. . .that doesn’t automatically make you a failure. It just means you need to try something else that may well work.
Do you know why the first assembly line automobile produced in this country was a Model T? Because Models A through S didn’t work. Would you call Henry Ford a failure? Absolutely not.
Tyler Perry had a rough childhood. He was physically and sexually abused growing up, got kicked out of high school, and tried to commit suicide twice—once as a preteen and again at 22. At 23 he moved to Atlanta and took up odd jobs as he started working on his stage career.
In 1992 he wrote, produced, and starred in his first theater production, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” somewhat based by his difficult upbringing. Perry put all his savings into the show and it failed miserably; the run lasted just one weekend and only 30 people came to watch. He kept up with the production, working more odd jobs and often slept in his car to get by.
Six years later, Perry finally broke through when, on its seventh run, the show became a success. He’s since gone on to have an extremely successful career as a director, writer, and actor. In fact, Perry was named Forbes’ highest paid man in entertainment in 2011.
Tyler Perry is one of my favorite actors (he portrays a character named Madea) which he also directs.
Someone once said:
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”
Never internalize your lack of success or condemn yourself for trying something that didn’t work.
# 4 Never Get Hardening of the Attitude
Never give up on people or ideas.
If you try an idea. . .and it didn’t work. . .try again.
If someone betrays your confidence. . .don’t give up on people. . .ask your Heavenly Father to give you a Godly friend.
If something doesn’t work. . .keep trying to find something that will.
Keep your attitude positive. . .your persistence steadfast and never allow the enemy to harden your heart to the possibilities of success God is sending your way.
# 5 Never Allow Your Spirit To Become Anemic
The best way to keep your attitude fresh, vibrant, positive and full of life. . .is by spending time in the Word and in His presence.
If you get mentally drained. . .feeling lifeless. . .you have unlimited access to the greatest energy drink of all time. . .the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 3:21 in The Living Bible says:
“Have two goals: wisdom—that is, knowing and doing right—and common sense. Don’t let them slip away, for they fill you with living energy and bring you honor and respect.”
When you’re feeling anemic . . .you need a fresh transfusion of the power in the (Jesus) blood.
Matthew 22:29 in the New Living Translation says:
“Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”
# 6 Never Think You Did It Alone
This is one key you don’t even have to think about. If it weren’t for God. . .you wouldn’t be thinking, breathing or even living.
John 10:10 in the New Living Translation says:
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
Always remember, who gives you what you’ve got.
Romans 12:3 in the Message Bible says:
“I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”
Always remember who gave you the opportunity to be successful.
2 Corinthians 2:12 in the New Living Translation says:
“When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.”
# 7 Never doubt for a moment. . .that He’s thinking about you and your success.
I want you to get this . . . God is thinking about YOU.
You may have felt that nobody knew you were alive. Maybe that includes your family. . .but that’s just not true . . . because God, your Heavenly Father, is thinking about you.
Psalm 40:17 in The Living Bible says:
“I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now!”
God will also let you in on what He’s thinking about you. Can somebody shout “Hallelujah?”BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS