ALIVE WORD: College students – God will see you through

Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11

I feel led today to encourage college students. Being a graduate myself, I know that pursuing a degree is quite a challenge. As I look back at the many tests, quizzes, term papers, late nights, and fatigue, all I can say is thank God for Jesus! I finished my degree in constant pain after having major surgery.

If God helped me through, He can do the same for you.

It’s the will of God that you prosper, and if God opened the door for you to get a college education, know that He is more than able to see you through. God will strengthen you in times when you feel weak; His Word will encourage you when you feel like just giving up. Quitting is not a choice here. You must persevere regardless of how tough it gets. I know it’s not easy at times and especially as finals approach – the pressure and the stress and the deadlines – but God is faithful.

Draw your strength from the Lord. God wants you to succeed. God has great plans for you. He wants to prosper you.

You must believe that with God all things are possible. You must believe that it’s the will of God that you be successful. You must find time to pray and really commune with God in the midst of your hectic schedule. You see, God gives divine directions, and the only way you’ll know what He’s saying is by spending time in His presence. You cannot make it on your own. You cannot afford to pursue this goal in your own strength. You need the Lord every step of the way.

Without God you can do nothing.  God wants you to succeed. The challenges before you may be many, but know that if you trust God and ask for His divine wisdom and seek to be led by His Holy Spirit, you’ll come through with excellence.

Maybe you’re failing a course or not doing as well as you hoped. This is an opportunity to believe God for excellence on your final exam or final papers. I have seen God do so many miraculous things! I am encouraging you to trust God because I know what God can do. The things He did for me, He can do for you also.

Take one step at a time and one day at a time. Draw your strength from the Lord and keep in tune with the Lord. I know that maybe you’re not able to spend the quantity time with the Lord that you’d like, but it’s quality time that counts. God is so good that you don’t have to be on your knees or alone to talk to Him. You can talk to Him anywhere, anytime during the day and night.

If you feel frustrated and tired, take a break and really talk to God about it. Allow God to renew your strength and to give you the peace that you need. It’s not the will of God for you to fail. He wants you to prosper and to come forth with excellence. You’re His child and He wants the best for you.

You may not know where your tuition is coming from for your next semester, and that’s weighing heavily on your mind. Know today that God is your Jehovah Jireh. He will make a way for you. Trust Him to bring in the finances that you need. When humanly speaking there is nothing you can do and you cannot see the answers, it becomes your impossibility and God’s opportunity.

Be encouraged today, students. God has made a way for you. Nothing good comes easy and challenges always come before victory. Don’t give up and don’t give in; God is on your side. God will see you through. You may be trying to pursue your degree in the midst of balancing your family and church life. God is faithful. Some of you may have a supportive husband or wife and children or family and friends. Others of you don’t, and that increases the pressure.

Know that if God is for you, no one can be against you. You may be a single parent, trying to pursue your degree to get a better job or a promotion to make life better for your family. God is with you, don’t give up now. Once your children are properly supervised, it’s worth the sacrifice. Maybe you’re a student in your forty or fifties or sixties and you’re wondering at this point whether or not you should continue – after all most of your fellow students are half your age. Age does not matter. You have the mind of Christ. Go for it! God will see you through.

God is faithful and He says that whatever you put your hands to will prosper. Take time out and ask God to fill you with His divine wisdom and to bring to your remembrance the things that you study. If you’re working on research papers, pray over your drafts, bring the topics before the Lord and ask Him to direct you to the material that you need. God says to acknowledge Him in all our ways. Sometimes we think certain things are too simple to pray about, but “all our ways” means all our ways!

If the Lord leads you to anoint your hands with oil, do so. Be obedient. Lift your hands to the Lord and remind God what He says in His word about the prosperity of your hands. Clothe yourself in the armour of the Lord. When you pray, bind negative words spoken against you and your pursuit of your degree. Not everyone will celebrate your victory.

Search out scriptures about success and prosperity, and say them daily. Mean them and believe them. Get the Word of God into your spirit. If you believe you’ll fail, you’re already defeated. You must do your best and believe God down to the very end.

Pray before you begin every exam. Ask God to help you come through with excellence. Ask God to bring back to your remembrance all that you have studied. When you meet something you don’t think you know, consult the Holy Spirit; ask Him how to answer and what to write or which one to circle. God is faithful. God is more than able. Trust God now, more than you have ever trusted God before.

Hope in the Lord, college students. God wants you to succeed and we want you to succeed also. Remember it’s God’s will that you succeed. God bless you in your endeavors!

Meditate on the following scriptures. Say them aloud until you get them into your spirit.

“God wish above all things that _____________ mayest prosper and be in health, even as _____________ soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2).

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that __________ ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

“But my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

.”..with men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward me, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give me an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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  1. Constance
    August 30, 2022

    Great Article, I sent this article to my 3 daughters during their college freshman year
    Powerful article!

  2. Muraka Jacqueline Bervan
    September 29, 2021

    Oh Thank you so much for this powerful and wonderful encouragement. I am a first year student at college doing my science Foundation year. I want to become a doctor. Well in semester one, I struggled a bit due to new experiences and my GPA was not as expected. Now in semester, I become a little weak in my studies which I know for sure that I can do more than that. I pray to God every single day. And yes. I find peace and calmness in His presence. I have incomplete and unfinished work at hand. Somehow I believe God will get me through. Because knowing when it is impossible for men. It is possible with God. Thank you so much for you word of encouragement. I shall fly high with God🥰💯♥️

  3. October 12, 2017

    Thanks you sir
    For this encouraging words
    I am from. Nigeria and I promise to hold on to God
    By his words..
    I am a success already and I’ll speak it out

  4. Julius
    August 30, 2017

    I’ve been so scared about this year in college. It is my first year and I am praying that God can help me succeed in order to better my future. I ask if he can grant me strength if it is in his will because my strength is not sufficient enough.

  5. Mei
    October 24, 2016

    Thank you for words of encouragement. I was totally in tears this evening when I realized studying a degree is one of the most difficult and challenge experiences I have ever been through. This evening, I opened my heart to the Lord and said Father only through you that I can pass this degree without you I cannot do it, for my own strength accomplished nothing but with you leading me I can do all things. Please Father, no matter what I am going through right now I will hold on to your Word that you will never fail me nor leave or forsakes me. I love you Lord, I thank you for sharing this. I felt the enemy is trying to tell me that I will fail this course and I refused to accept that. Devil you’re a liar and I was not born to be a failure. I resists you in Jesus name. The minute I talked to the Lord and cried my heart out to him. He straight away gives me peace and confidence now I can say YES I will graduate according to His Word. Thank you Lord and all glory belongs to you.

  6. amber
    July 28, 2016

    Thank you! I needed this message and desperately seeking an encouraging word from my Heavenly Father. I am inspired to believe in God more than ever before rather than feeling defeated by what I see. Praise God for His promises and faithfully seeing them come to pass.

  7. Patricia
    January 27, 2016

    Thank you for this. I really needed this. May God bless you.

  8. J R
    January 17, 2016

    Thank you for your encouraging words. May the Lord bless you.

  9. Maribel
    May 7, 2015

    I love you God !!! I needed to hear from you :)

  10. Jake
    April 28, 2015

    Thank you Lord for bringing me to this article. I’m also a college student and I have several projects and papers to complete and finals in just under two weeks. However, I know that Jesus Christ my Lord, will anoint me and allow me to finish everything through him with peace and ease. Stay the course everyone, you CAN do this. Just believe.

  11. Hannah
    April 20, 2015

    thank you for these words.

  12. meka
    December 3, 2014

    Thank you for sharing those encouraging words, I was told by god to go to school a few years ago but didn’t go out of fear but, just enrolled for the spring semester 2015 just what I needed. Thank you Jesus for these encouraging words may god continue to bless you!

  13. Anonymous
    December 3, 2014

    Thank you for sharing those encouraging words, I was told by god to go to school a few years ago but didn’t go out of fear but, just enrolled for the spring semester 2015 just what I needed. Thank you Jesus for these encouraging words may god continue to bless you!

  14. Anne
    January 19, 2014

    This article is so encouraging. It prevents from giving up. But this gives hope to me that nothing is impossible to The Lord. The Lord never gives up on His children. He is always waiting to welcome us into is precious hands. He will bless us abundantly according to His holy will. Lord I really love you and I yearn for you. Never leave me alone. Help me to follow you all throughout my life. Lead me sweet Jesus. Amen

  15. Anonymous
    December 12, 2013

    that was a great word in times like these we have to stay encourage. Thanks

  16. Shirley
    November 29, 2013

    Thank you so much for writing this. I’m an architecture student at NCSU and have a huge final project due next week. I was slowly crumbling under the stress, especially since the project has kept me away from my family this thanksgiving, but I cannot express to you how much this has encourage me. Thank you so much!

  17. Imani
    August 2, 2013

    Thank you for this word of encouragement!!! I have been going through and I could be dismissed from my graduate program. I kept wondering, is it God’s will for me to succeed in school?

    I realized (like Melissa said) – I praised God when I was accepted and then I thought I could do it on my own. But, I need God always and I must fully rely on him! I was not spending time in prayer, I was not reading my Bible and I was so stressed out studying that I did not attend church. It was foolish of me to think that I could do this on my own!! I will stand on God’s promises! Praise God and thank you for letting God use you!

  18. Anonymous
    February 13, 2013

    Thank you for these encouraging words from Holy Scripture! :-P !

  19. Shameaka
    January 19, 2013

    I am a college student and my courses are so overwhelming especially those group projects.(With tears falling down from my face). Thank you so much heavenly father for this wonderful vessel that you have used 2 bring this wonderful and true message. Oh lord I thank oh lord I thank Jesus…. Jesus…. Hallelujah and To God be the Glory. I love you so much lord I just love you.You’re always their when I need you.I bless ur holy name u r so worthy.Thank God 4 the people who hv the holy ghost power.

  20. karine
    January 5, 2013

    Thank you for sharing I really needed to hear a word from God’s children. This article is almost 2 years old but God still used it to restore my hope, that it is His best for me.

  21. karine
    January 5, 2013

    Thank you for sharing I really needed to hear from God and the Spirit of the Lord pointed me to this article. This article is almost 2 years old but God still used it to restore my hope, that it is His best for me.

  22. Mer
    December 8, 2012

    WOW, God is Good, Just what I needed to read, Words of encouragement are powerful… especially when it’s based on God Word….. I have two final exams coming up this week MON & TUES!! Challenges always comes before Victory, AMEN! I will prosper and I declare the works of the Lord!!! God Bless you!!! Thank You for such a powerful encouragement!

  23. Melissa
    September 26, 2012

    Thank you for these words of encouragement! I am a first year grad student and teaching assistant and am completely overwhelmed. I’m only 6 weeks into the semester and already falling apart. It doesn’t help that I left all my family and friends to go to school.

    I prayed and trusted in God during the application process, and rejoiced when I was accepted. God has been so faithful bringing me here, so why do I feel like he’s put me in a situation I can’t handle? Your article set me straight…I have not been spending as much time in prayer. I realize now this feeling is because I have not leaned on Him.

    It’s like I got here and said, “thanks God, I’ve got it from here…” He did not bring me this far to drop me, and how foolish of me to think I could handle it on my own. I needed to be reminded of that. Thank you!

  24. Shantel Smith
    September 20, 2012

    Oh while, God brought me here I mean right here. I typed the right words on google. THANK YOU JESUS. I TRUST YOU GOD. I JUST CRIED TO THE LORD AND REALISED I NEED MORE FAITH. THANK YOU FOR THIS ARTICLE. IT CHANGED MY LIFE.

  25. Dentalhygienediva26
    June 5, 2012

    Thank you so much!! The enemy was trying to get me discouraged about my chemistry class….. I can do all things through Christ DEVIL YOU ARE A LIAR :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  26. kenneth
    May 9, 2012

    Thank you for the word. I am doing oral exams in a week in Canada and I am encouraged by your words. Keep it flowing, in Jesus name. I am a success.Thank God.

  27. Jewel
    April 30, 2012

    Thank, you so very much i feel the burden lifted offf my shoulders.

  28. Issac
    January 16, 2012

    God bless you so much. This was exactly what I needed.

  29. nature girl
    March 15, 2011

    The Good Lord answers prayers of all sorts and thank you for such words. this is a prayer that was answered for me from God “send me some words of encouragements” i asked and here they are. Thank you so much and God will continue to bless you.

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  31. Trusting the Lord
    March 15, 2011

    Im a graduate student and today was one of those stressful days…Thank you for that word of encouragement. I am truelly blessed. I needed that word and God used you to bring it . God bless you. Continue proclaiming His Word. It shall bear fruit.

  32. I believe!
    March 15, 2011

    Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. As a collage student, i always wonder if i will graduate. But thanks to the power of the God, and your encouraging words i know i will make it through.

    March 14, 2011


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    March 14, 2011

    That was GREAT!!! I’m a student and I feel the pessure…
    Love that one

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