“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” ― Henry Ford
There is a war being waged in us every day. Heaven and earth intersect in our minds and we are caught in the crossfire with both sides influencing our thinking. The question is, which voices are you choosing to listen to?
The enemy will lie to you, steal your joy and destroy your hope. While God’s Spirit in you wants to build you up and encourage you. That’s why the bible is filled with encouraging reminders like “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us,” (Romans 8:37) and “who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:35) or “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Too many people choose to listen to the wrong voices, the worldly voices that tell us we aren’t loved, that we will never be good enough, that our situation will never improve or (one that really irritates me) the system is rigged for you to fail so why even try?
Far too many people in our culture are taking the role of the victim, and the problem with that kind of toxic thinking is that by thinking those negative things about yourself or the world around you, you create your own self-fulfilling prophecy.
If you believe that you’re poor and you’re always going to be poor, then yes you will always be poor. Because you refuse to believe that there is a better way so you never try to be anything more. If you believe there’s no hope for the world, well that pretty much eliminates you from doing anything to change it. However, if you choose to believe that, “no I’m not always going to be poor, there’s plenty of opportunity if I just go after it and start making wiser choices with money.” Or, “there is hope for the world, it looks bad because the news tells me its bad, but God is still in control, and there are still a lot of good people in this world and a lot of good we can do.” Attitude really is everything, it is the driving force that determines your actions.
I don’t know your personal situation but I’ll tell you how this applies to me. I’m a singer, a songwriter, a worship leader and a musician but I sure didn’t start out that way. I grew up in a family of sports players, not musicians. And nobody sang in my house growing up. I wasn’t born playing a guitar and when I was younger I never thought of myself as a singer. I just assumed I couldn’t do it even though I had never tried. And I sure wasn’t born with a natural ability to write songs, most of the songs I wrote when I first started aren’t worth sharing and still today a lot of the songs I write aren’t worth sharing. Although I wasn’t born with any of the skills I have today I was born with the desire to do them, and I never chose to believe that I couldn’t do them. I made up my mind that one way or another, I was going to do what I loved, and I was going to do it to honor God. And I am seeing that fulfilled in my life, because I chose to believe that’s the way its going to be.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” You become the things you think about. Choose to think on good things, on Godly things and choose to be encouraged so that you can be an encouragement to others. And don’t be a victim, be a victor. You can be, you just have to decide.
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