Hi, I’m Chantell Cooley, co-founder of Columbia Southern University and Chantell Cooley Ministries. Welcome to God Today. Today I want to talk to you about how the word works in your life. I love the scripture Joshua 1:8 it says, “For this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night so that you are careful to do all that is written in it and then you shall be prosperous and have good success.” I love this scripture, my family stood on this. We had some really tough times and this is what we stood on.
I want to tell you my story. When I was very young we had a hard time. We were very poor. My dad was an entrepreneur. We went up and we went down. We had the nice cars, the nice home, and then we lost it all. We had multiple repossessions of our cars. At one point, we didn’t even have food in the home. My dad was getting very, very discouraged. We moved from rental home to rental home, city to city. It was really a tough situation. My dad, at one point, decided to pull the gun out every morning on the nightstand. He’d go and sit and think about what he could do to help our family. He was an entrepreneur full of life, but he was losing hope.
My mom and I decided to stand on the word. I was 19 years old. We got up every morning and confessed the word. We believed we were the head and not the tail. We were above in all ways. Rising forward. We were going in and being blessed. My dad was going to get a job. We were believing we had the mind of Christ and Satan had no power over us. I am telling you. As we stood on the word, it was activated in our lives. It changed us. It changed our situation. My dad got a job and the rest is history.
We then began to move forward, came out of two bankruptcies, and God changed our lives. Today we now own two universities. One is Columbia Southern University, with 29,000 students. I am telling you. God showed up in our lives. It was amazing. You could see the word worked in our lives. It produced not an average success, but good success. God can do that with you. God can take you from nothing. You don’t have to have a certain status to be who God has called you to be.
I want to pray for you today and encourage you. Father, in the name of Jesus, I thank you for the men and women that will rise up and take their place. I break the chains and bondages from you that cause you to be held back. I speak success over your life, that you will move forward in abundance. I command circumstances to come together, new opportunities, new jobs, and new promotions. In Jesus’ name. I am Chantell Cooley and this is God Today.