William Franklin Graham Jr. also known as Billy Graham may very well be the greatest evangelist ever. He hosted annual Crusades and evangelistic campaigns over six decades before retiring in 2005.
He was a spiritual adviser to the U.S. presidents from Harry Truman’s time in office. That’s how much influence he had in society leading to numerous lives being saved. His son succeeded him in heading the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to continue the great work he began.
Here are 10 of Billy Graham’s quotes on being successful in ministry:
1. “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.” ~ Billy Graham
There’s a quote that says, “Adversity causes some people to break. It causes others to break records.” The life of a believer is one of adversity because the devil is constantly fighting God’s children to frustrate their works. You must be cheerful however because overcame the enemy for you.
In the book of Nehemiah, the Israelites rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in record time due to adversity. Without overcoming adversity as they rebuilt, they likely would have taken longer to do the same assignment. Adversity is a part of life and when it comes, use it as an opportunity to achieve extraordinary things.
2. “Because truth is unpopular does not mean that it should not be proclaimed.” ~ Billy Graham
Not only should you embrace truth but you must love it because the truth will set you free. Most people don’t love truth because it confronts their sinful lifestyles yet they still expect God to bless them. When your lifestyle is not based on truth soon enough you’ll begin to compromise.
This is how people start becoming politically correct in their statements in a bid to avoid offending other people. Truth must be spoken in love but it will always offend someone whenever you do. However, do not cease to declare the truth of God’s Word.
3. “You’re not saved by joining a church. You’re not saved by living a good moral life. You’re saved only because of the grace of God in Christ.” ~ Billy Graham
God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for you and me so that we might have eternal life. He doesn’t force it on us, however, but it’s a choice we have to make to receive His gift of salvation. There is no substitute for receiving it whether by doing good works or some other way. It comes only through confessing with your mouth that He is Lord and surrendering your life to Him.
Were it not for the grace of God I don’t know where I would be today. It is only by the grace of God that we are alive. That gives us hope for the future and assurance that God has a plan for our lives.
4. “Make it your goal to seek His blueprint for your life—and then to follow it.” ~ Billy Graham
I’ve come to realize that life isn’t as complicated as some people make it seem to be. God operates by principles and laws that govern all of life and they are not complicated. While life is not always easy, you can be assured that if you live according to godly principles success will follow.
Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book, they all were written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them.” If God already has your life planned out, it only makes sense to seek His direction for all you do. God’s plan wins all the time.
5. “If we belong to Christ, we also belong to each other; if we have committed our lives to Him, we are also committed to each other. The reason is simple: We need each other.” ~ Billy Graham
God puts a premium on relationships and part of the reason is so that we learn to be interdependent. He created us to have relationships not just with Him, but with other people around us. Not only do you find great joy in genuine relationships with others, but it’s also easy to suffer depression without them.
It’s part of our human nature to interact with others and without them, issues like suicide can come into play. It’s not easy to build relationships but it can be learned, and it will make your life that much richer and more fulfilling.
6. “Once we realize God is in control and He holds us in His loving hands, we can meet life’s dangers and uncertainties with confidence.” ~ Billy Graham
I can testify that having gone through the year 2020 and made it out alive, God is a good God. He hides His children under the shadow of His wings; and whatever difficult situations you get past, it’s not of your own doing but it’s by His grace.
I once heard at a business seminar one of the trainers say, “Danger is real, fear is a choice.” At this point in time, there are not many places in the world that can be deemed as totally safe. Wherever you go you’ll find dangerous situations but you can deal with them knowing God is on your side. When you learn how to overcome fear, there’s nothing you won’t be able to conquer in your life.
7. “The cross tells us that God understands our pain and confusion—but more than that, it tells us He loves us, and He will never abandon us.” ~ Billy Graham
Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that leave us hopeless and confused, not knowing what the future holds. But Jesus knows your pain and anxiety because He walked in your shoes when He was here on earth. He came to die on the cross so that you could receive freedom from the vices of this world.
He will never leave you nor forsake you in spite of the daily hardships you encounter in this life. No matter where you are today know that He has a plan for your life, and it is not insignificant. If He didn’t think you mattered He would have forsaken you but He hasn’t. There is hope for your future.
8. “I have never met anyone who spent time in daily prayer, and in the study of the Word of God, and was strong in faith, who was ever discouraged for very long.” ~ Billy Graham
Doing the fundamentals of the Christian life doesn’t exempt you from the hardships of this world. What they do is help you to overcome the enemy when he attacks you in one way or another. The Bible likens the Word of God to the sword of the Spirit with which we fight the enemy’s works.
And since faith comes by hearing the Word of God it becomes a shield to defend ourselves against Satan. The more consistent you are in reading the word and in prayer, the less discouraged you will be. You can start small by reading a Bible chapter a day and ten minutes in prayer. With time, you’ll find that you’ll be able to commit more time and effort to it.
9. “If our faith isn’t rooted in the Bible, it will wither like a plant pulled out of the soil.” ~ Billy Graham
In the Bible, the book of Romans 10 declares that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. In the world today, it’s commonplace to hear people declaring they have faith that certain things will work out; this type of faith is rooted in personal ability or some other philosophies.
The end result is that those who subscribe to these philosophies end up disillusioned and disappointed in the process. It’s the kind of faith they believe will manifest anything they desire yet that’s not how God operates. Keep your faith rooted in what the Word of God says.
10. “Our lives speak loudly to those around us, especially the children in our home.” ~ Billy Graham
Your lifestyle may be the only Bible other people ever get to read. That is how most people come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let your life be exemplary by living the message that you preach, more so for your children. Some children become rebellious because of the hypocrisy they see in their own parents’ lives.
The more you can be exemplary to your children, the better relationships you’ll have with them. They will grow to respect and honor you more than when you live in hypocrisy. Apart from your children, let your life be exemplary to all the people around you.