Houston Forward Times

29 January 2014 Written by  Pastor E A Deckard

Believe That You Can

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.”- Marcus Garvey


This year I’m declaring by faith will be a year full of new opportunities but you must believe in yourself in order to advance beyond your current level of productivity.

The bible states in Proverbs 22:6, “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I am very thankful for the opportunity to have been raised in a family that had a solid biblical foundation. I’ll never forget the day I arrived home from Concord Elementary School in tears because a teacher told me I could not have the lead role in the school Black History Program. She stated I talked too fast and she added that I should focus on being behind the scene doing something that would not require communication skills.

Upon arriving home from school that day feeling rejected and defeated, my mother opened up her bible and read Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” On that day at the age of eleven I became empowered with confidence in both God and myself.

The fact my mother didn’t allow me to focus on a negative report but conversely declared the unlimited possibilities of the Word of God over me unleashed the necessary confidence to unlock my previously unknown potential.  Today I enjoy a successful lifestyle using my communication skills on stages across this nation and around the world. As the bible says “all things work together for the good”.


 I discovered an amazing story of confidence in the pages of American History. World War II hero, Chuck Yeager, became the first person to break the sound barrier in 1947. Mr. Yeager had to face and overcome several major barriers to achieve this historical feat.

Barrier I:    The fact that everyone who attempted to travel faster than the sound barrier failed and many lost their lives during the attempt. Chuck Yeager didn’t allow the past failures of others to stop him from believing.  Today I challenge you to THINK FORWARD and believe that you can do what  others could not do.

 Barrier II:    Shortly before he was scheduled to attempt the flight he cracked two ribs and was in great pain. Mr. Yeager did not allow his pain to stop him from pursuing his passion. I challenge you to THINK FORWARD and press beyond the pain of your past and pursue your passion and purpose.

Barrier III:    All the experts warned him of the danger and attempted to persuade him out of the flight attempt. Chuck Yeager’s level of confidence spoke louder to him than the opinions of the “so-called experts”.  I challenge you to THINK FORWARD and stop allowing the voice of doubters to speak louder than the voice of confidence inside of you.

On October 14, 1947 Mr. Chuck Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier in spite of all the barriers that tried to deny him. He believed he could and he did.

FORWARD THINKERS must believe and then they will achieve.

 Remember, the enemy will always attempt to prevent you from being a FORWARD THINKER but you must always have the confidence to depend upon your belief system and trust in the omnipotent power of God’s Word.


  • SELF ESTEEM - How you view yourself worth or value yourself must be changed in order for you to achieve new goals. Remember you were created by God and created wonderful.
  • SELF CONFIDENCE - Your inner beliefs about your potential must line up with the Word of God. Remember you can do all things through Christ.
  • ABILITY - You must believe you have the power to achieve something great in order to do something great.
  • CAPABILITY - You must believe no matter the odds against you that you posses the potential to do something great.

In conclusion, let me empower you as a FORWARD THINKER to release a level of confidence this year that will propel you into a level of success you have never achieved before. I know you can do it the question is do you believe you can do it.

Pastor E.A. Deckard is the Senior Pastor/Founder of the Green House International Church located in North Houston. Contact Pastor Deckard at www.ghic.net or via Facebook.

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