If you are going to reach your dreams you are going to need an ingredient called: self-motivation. And I’m just going to be real and admit I have so struggled with this. Sometimes I really want someone to take me by the hand and guide me forward. And sometimes you will have people and mentors in your life that can do this. But there also are going to be times in your life when there is no one to guide you by the hand.
When these times happen you only have two options: you can remain stuck or you can kick yourself into high gear.
There is an awesome passage of scripture buried in the Old Testament that has become a constant reminder to myself. It’s found in 1 Samuel 30:6.
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (KJV)
Did you catch that? It says that David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. David and his armies had their entire city burned down, and their wives and children kidnapped by their enemy and David’s armies were angry. So, angry they wanted to blame David and kill him. David literally had no one to support him. He had no one to speak positive words to him. He was alone and he could of fell into despair but instead he took responsibility for himself and began encouraging himself in the Lord.
You need to be your biggest cheerleader. My freshman year of high school I was a cheerleader. Go Tigers! Our teams were not that great but the thing about being a cheerleader is you cheer even when your team is losing.
Cheerleaders are declaring the results they want to see – Victory!
If you are facing a bad situation you need to do the same thing. Start speaking God’s truth out of your mouth. Declare it over yourself.
Proverbs 18:21 says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (KJV)
The words that you say have power over your situation. When you speak out of your mouth you are silencing your negative thoughts. So, don’t let your negative thoughts go unanswered. As one of our cheers went, “Be Aggressive, Be Aggressive, – B-E- A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E, Be Aggressive!”
David went on to see a victory that day and everything that had been lost was restored. You too will see the same thing when you begin encouraging yourself in the Lord – use the Word to declare what it says over your situation.
If you are feeling like a failure. Start speaking, “I am a success! God is with me! God chose me! Everything I work at will prosper! (Deut. 31:6, John 15:6, Deut. 15:10)
Keep doing this and you will see a change! It doesn’t matter who is with you or against you – you can encourage yourself. And remember God’s never going to fail you. He’s got your back.