Written By Feyi Bab-Oke
“And Jesus looking on them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
If you are anything like me, you are getting ready to go back to school. And if you are anything like how I used to be, you are currently feeling stressed and anxiety is becoming your best friend. “USED TO BE??” Yes, you read that correctly, used to be, because the Lord has revealed to me a couple of tips that will ensure that you’re living free of stress and also fulfilling the incredible potential He has placed inside of you: the Limitless® Life (1). Now let’s get to the tips.
1. WARNING this is only applicable if you are a born again, child of God. If not, please pause. Open up John 1:12, Romans 3:23-26, Romans 10:9-10, and 1 John 5:1-5. Pray and confess your sins to God asking Him to forgive your sins and change your mind about them. Now invite the Holy Spirit into your heart by faith and determine to live with Jesus as the Lord of your life.
BY RETURNING TO READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ THESE TERMS AND EXPRESSLY AGREE AND CONSENT TO BE BOUND BY LOVE OF CHRIST. NO REFUNDS, EXCHANGES OR RETURNS ;)
Make your Requests Known
“Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
Philippians 4:6 (HCSB)
The first key to being stress-free and living out God’s purpose for your life is to prayerfully plan. In the place of prayer, we are able to communicate our desires to God and allow Him to properly guide us according to His desire and purposes. Proverbs 16:9 says “A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps” The Lord isn’t able to direct your steps if you never plan on going anywhere. It is also important to make your plans and requests known to trusted, Holy-Spirit filled friends/advisors/mentors/pastors so that they can help to keep you accountable along the way, and also offer good counsel and prayer. No one is an island, even Jesus had the Father, Holy Spirit, and 12 disciples.
“Plans fail when there is no counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”
Proverbs 15:22 (HCSB)
Fix your Eyes upon Jesus
“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.”
Hebrews 12:2 (HCSB)
Who was the most successful man who ever lived? Jesus…duh (this IS UrbanDisciple.com). So what better example for us to follow, if we desire to be successful
and excellent. There are many things that can cause us to lose focus, and these things may not necessarily be “bad” in nature, but ultimately they are not beneficial. They will only bring unwanted and unnecessary problems into our lives in the long run, so cut them out. So how do I observe the life of Jesus to imitate it? Good question.
“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 (HCSB)
“This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth; you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.”
Joshua 1:8 (HCSB)
It is in the Word of God that we are able to understand His divine will for us and also to receive encouragement, comfort and peace when storms arise. Everything else is variable, the Word (Jesus) remains constant. Include it in your equation for success.
Work Hard and Give Your Best Effort
“Idle hands make one poor, but diligent hands bring riches.”
Proverbs 10:4 (HCSB)
“Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap” Galatians 6:7 (HCSB)
I speak from experience (good and bad) on this one. God has set up different laws in the universe that must always be honored. One such law is the law of sowing and reaping. As Paul makes it clear in Galatians, you only always reap what you sow. If you believe that God has given you dreams and a vision for the future, He didn’t just do it so they can remain that way. He desires for you to act upon them and give your best effort knowing that it is Him who determines every outcome at the end of the day. The type of person that God uses is the person of action.
“For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”
Philippians 2:13 (HCSB)
Trust in the Lord
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 (HCSB)
I feel like this one goes without saying, but it is very important. You don’t know what lies ahead of you, and God may make it clear, but often He doesn’t because He wants us to develop our trust and reliance in Him. Why is it so important to God that we trust Him? Because trust is an evidence of love and is birthed out of relationship. And this is what God desires from us more than anything, He came all the way down to earth and became like us for this sole purpose.
“This is the most IMPORTANT," Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
Mark 12:29-30 (HCSB)
We need faith (trust) to relate with our unseen Father, and without we can never please God or receive anything from Him. Faith is born in our hearts by the Word of God and initiates action.
“Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham's faith, God counted him as righteous.”
I pray that these tips have encouraged and enlightened you. I believe that these tips will not only help you have a successful school year (or work year), but more importantly they will help you to grow in your relationship with God and move you closer to becoming the person He has recreated you to be. Always remember, Jesus died and rose again so that With Him you can live a Limitless® Life. Remember, "With God, ALL things are possible"
2. See point Number 2
3. See point Number 3
4. Once again, certain restrictions apply; refer to footnote 1
Feyi Bab-Oke loves Jesus. He also likes sports, sneakers, making people laugh, and good food. He is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia and serves as a leader in Bethel Campus Fellowship. He aspires to positively impact everyone he meets and give them the tools to go out and do the same. He is one of the creators of the Limitless® Life and believes that with God, ALL things are possible!