I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed. Booker T. Washington

Walking in God’s Favor:  I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me. I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency. Philippians 4:13 Amplified

How serious are you about becoming the person God designed you to be? Many times we say words with our lips that are inconsistent with our actions. Why is there so often a disconnect between what we say and what we do?

The answer to this question is not the same for everyone. For some,  it’s just lip service, but for so many others, it has sincerely been a struggle to do the things we know to do. We can relate to Paul when he says in the Bible, “For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do.” Romans 7:19  (KJV)

Ardella’s and my journey out of the financial bondage of debt has been a long, tedious one. There were times when we felt like we were treading water, making no progress at all. Then there were times in which we would take one step forward and one or two steps backwards. What was it, that motivated us to keep going, even when we could not see the light at the end of the tunnel? We have two answers for that question; prayer and Bible promises.

Prayer has given us strength, power, and wisdom to make the tough decisions needed to change our lifestyle. God’s Spirit has given us hope when we felt weak or discouraged. We stayed faithful even when it looked like it was impossible to remain faithful.

Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, find a promise that you can use for whatever situation you find yourself in. The Bible contains over 3,000 promises  and one has been tailor  made for you at this moment in your life.

We serve a God who is bigger than our problems. He knows the beginning and the end. He is personally concerned about our needs. How can we not succeed? There is no limit to what God can do in the lives of faithful stewards.

When you begin to experience success and victory,  remember to give  God the glory.  Resist the tendency to feel like you did it by yourself. Remember the words of  Wernher von Braun, ” I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution.” Keep praying, keeping believing, with God all things are possible.

Prayer of Blessings:   Dear Lord thank You for all You have done thus far.

Ardella Michael 2012 PhotoMichael Vance is a senior account executive  with Hundley Batts & Associates and the co-founder of stewardshipofwealth.com. Ardella Vance is  a gifted educator and  a Master Guide in the Pathfinders  Club, a global organization empowered to teach life and leadership skills to young people.  The Vance’s have been married well over 25 years and share their lives with four adult children and four grandchildren. They currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama and blog weekly from their financial workbook ” The Stewardship of Wealth.

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