A defeated attitude toward life is so oppressive. We don’t have to live that way! (See my last blog.) We can change from being a victim to a victor, not because I say so, but because God does!Here’s how.
Step 1: Get serious about changingThe first key is really just wanting to. Can I be honest with you? It’s going to take some effort. Often people don’t change because they’re not desperate enough. Listen to what Albert Einstein said:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Many people don’t modify their thinking and behavior because they simply don’t want to do what it takes. Don’t let that be you! So let me give you a few incentives to push you to that point if you’re not there yet. A defeated mindset:
- Robs your joy, peace, contentment; a full rich life.
- Makes you a poor testimony to others; doesn’t portray the Gospel as attractive.
- Brings God no glory; makes Him look like He’s not strong enough.
- Generates a negative impact on all those around you, including yourself; making your life meaningless instead of meaningful. Nothing kills your creativity, job performance, or relationships like pessimism.*
- Renders you useless for God and gives Satan the upper hand in your life. He wants to discourage you; to keep you sinning so you’ll be an unclean unusable vessel.
- Keeps you viciously spiraling downward to the point of despair.
Changing our failure mindset will be worth the effort!
Step 2 Believe it is possibleGod wants (actually commands) us to change our wrong thinking into right thinking; to think like Christ (1 Cor 2:16; Phil 2:2).
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom 12:2)By an act of faith we can take God at His Word and act as if it’s true. That’s what faith is (Heb 11:1). We can act like a victor because, in Christ, we are. Jesus has already won the war. When you are behaving like a failure, you are, in effect, calling God a liar. And I know you don’t want to do that! (Add that to your list of incentives.) You may lose a few skirmishes along the way, but that doesn’t mean you’ve lost the war.
For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1 Jn 5:4-5)Please don’t be overwhelmed by all this! It is possible to change because nothing is impossible with God!
Don’t live under your circumstances! Soar over them by changing your perception.Next time I’m going to cover how to actually change our mindset. Please leave a comment as to which incentive(s) will push you forward to a winning life. And if you know someone, perhaps a loved one, that is struggling with this mindset in a big or little way, PLEASE pass this on. Don’t keep these freeing truths to yourself! All Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica. All rights reserved worldwide. *Michael Hyatt