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|Words of Inspiration for the Week of February 29, 2004
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Pastor Thelma Gilbert
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|Phil. 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me."
A friend of mine emailed me an email one day. The subject line was entitled, "Good thought
for the Day." I felt led to include that "Thought for the Day" in this message. The author is
So often we hear people talk about their successes in life but never hear them tell us how they
made it to the top of the ladder of success. They usually say what they have accomplished in
life this way: I made over a million dollars last year selling my product. I am working on a
project of mine that is going to blow peoples' minds. I am going to buy myself a big house in a
few years. Watch me deliver this awesome speech. There is a problem with these statements.
There is no mention of how God used circumstances, people and the power of the Holy Spirit in
their lives to help them succeed. They only mention me, myself and I. Our success is not
dependent on our strength or on our power. The only way we can accomplish anything in life is
by doing things God's way under the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Apostle Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me" (Philippians
4:13). He learned how to be content in whatever circumstances he found himself in life
(Philippians 4:11). Paul tells us " I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have
plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed
or hungry, or whether living in plenty or in want" (Philippians 4:12); whether feeling troubled
on every side, perplexed or in the midst of persecution, I Paul could still could say, "I can do all
things through Christ which strengthens me."
When we have a relationship with God we will discover that God is faithful. God will meet all
our needs according to His riches in glory, as we serve Him and carry out His divine will for our
lives. Sometimes we will fail going through the process of attempting to accomplish some our
spiritual goals in life. Bur regardless of our weaknesses and failures in life, God still has the
power to give us all the strength we need for life's failures and accomplishments. As
Christians, we must remember that there are many curves in life leading us toward the road to
success in the Lord. This was the focus of my friend's email. The email said,
"The road to success is not straight. There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion,
speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, and caution lights called Family. You will
have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called
Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called
Success" (Author Unknown). This is a good thought not just for the day, but for every day.
Whatever we do, whatever we say, let us do it all TO THE GLORY OF GOD and leave me,
myself and I out of the spiritual process that will lead us toward the road to success.
Pastor Thelma Gilbert
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God..." (1 John 4:7)
|"The Road To Success"