With God, You Can Succeed in Spite of Obstacles
An important area of hope-building is to help people internalize the reality that we do have possibilities. This is especially important—and difficult—when the self-perception and life history may have a person despairing of moving forward in a positive way. Sometimes, there is a feeling of passivity, that the world controls the person. This is known as an ‘external locus of control.’ It is healthier to feel empowered, to change from a passive, external locus of control to more internally driven, but grounded in God, as a co-creator with God, as one of God’s children. There are a number of components to success, including attitude and actions.
- CHEER: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 KJV)
- THANKS: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)
- GOD’S ARMOR: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13 KJV)
- FEAR NOT: Jesus said ” Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” (Matthew 6:25 KJV)
- STICKTOITIVENESS: Herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have(2 Corinthians 8:10-11 KJV)
- THOUGHTS: 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. (Philippians 4:8 KJV)
- LOVE: t’s all over the Bible… Jesus’ greatest commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:36-40 KJV).
- Joshua’s army was no match for Jericho but succeeded, with God.
- Many of the Bible’s stories have surprise endings. For example, when the women went to the tomb of Jesus, and saw the stone had been rolled away… The guards were so afraid that they “shook and became like dead men”. Jesus was alive! (Matthew 28:4)
- Jesus’ ministry includes many stories of healing. For example, in Mark 1:29-45 (Simon’s mother in law), raising Lazarus, four days dead (John 11), bringing a little girl back to life (Mark 5:41), healing ten lepers (Luke 17:12-19), and healing the lame and the blind all over the gospels. In the story of the lepers, only the Samaritan leper – a person from a reviled group – thanked Jesus.
We hope these quotes have been useful to you. You may enjoy our other “Bible Quotes” entries as well.