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Popular television host and personality Steve Harvey loves to give God credit. As a matter of fact, he makes it a priority since he exited poverty.

The comedian, who recently won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host and Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host, said God has been good to him and he “couldn’t have done it without Him, our amazing crews and you, thank you for all the support.”

Harvey also credits having faith and working hard to make his dreams come true.  He recalled when he was homeless and was living in his car. One day he started crying: “But a voice said, ‘If you keep going, I’m going to take you places you’ve never been. It was like God said, ‘Don’t quit, you’re almost there,'” People magazine reported. Harvey still hasn’t forgotten those meager times in his life and wants to motivate others to endure during their struggles.

“In every single moment of adversity in your life, two things are going to happen: There’s going to be a lesson and there’s going to be a blessing. If you let the adversity crumble you, you will lay there and wallow in the failure, but life is 10 percent what happened and 90 percent what you’re going to do about it.”

His advice is to back up your faith with action, as James 2:17 reminded. “So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.”

The host of the “Family Feud” believes you need to hang in there if you are going to succeed.Why?

“You can never know where God is just waiting for you to pass the test. But you have to stay with something and go through the test to get to the end.”

Harvey is not shy about explaining the power of God to his audience. He also shared that God is the only one that you can trust and that His word is 100 percent absolute. His Word doesn’t have loopholes in it, unlike people. “Now, you can deviate off your end of the bargain, but it doesn’t stop what He says from being true. But if He asks you to do something, if God asks you to be a certain way, to do a little something a certain way and you don’t do it that way, then, you know, you could still possibly get by for a while, but don’t you understand that His end of the deal stays the same?”

Harvey said he leaned on people for too long and the results were disappointing. But he learned to put his trust in God.

“I’m telling you. I had to start learning this for real until I finally got it – to stop putting my faith in people and put all of mine in God where it counts the most. Now, is that to say that there are people that you can’t trust? No, that’s not what I’m saying. I ain’t saying you can’t trust them. But you can’t dump your faith in them. Man, if I could tell you anything this morning, it’s to stop putting your faith in people and put your faith in God where it counts the most. I mean, you can get something out of this one,” he shared with his audience.

Harvey taught that giving thanks keeps you grounded. There is a gift hidden in thanksgiving and it will rejuvenate your faith life. We can find peace, hope and there might be an answer to a problem that God is trying to get to you. It is through thanksgiving, that God works on our behalf.

No matter what your situation is, there is always a bigger picture and looking at through Scripture can help you. But understand that we might never have the answers to our questions. Take peace in the fact that you are not alone and that God knows what He is doing. When Harvey lived in his Ford Tempo for three years and ate bologna sandwiches, he had no choice, but to trust the One who saves. “It was crushing,” he told People. “I realized, you’re on your own. You have nothing or no one.”

For this reason, we need to read what God’s Word has to say about us. We know the classic Scripture in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” When in doubt, go back to the Word and trust God’s plan for you.

“I’m running from homelessness,” he said. “I can’t ever be in that position again. If my show gets canceled, I’ve got three more. I don’t have any free time, but I have 12 jobs.”

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