How You View Your Situation Can Determine Whether You Succeed Or Fail


Your perspective in life determines your outcome. How you perceive things makes the difference in whether you succeed or fail. You can either see the glass half full or half empty. You can view your situation as a setup or a setback. You can look at how big your God is or how big your problem is.

Your failures in life don’t have to actually be failures at all. One of the most feared and successful fighters in the world today, Conor McGregor, looks at every fight as either he wins or he learns. Defeat doesn’t even cross his mind even if the actual result of the fight is a loss. McGregor acquired this mindset from his coach, John Kavanagh. In fact this way of thinking is the title of Kavanagh’s new book, Win or Learn

In life we are going to experience some tough times. Jesus even said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” In other words it’s not a matter of coming across tough times in our lives, it’s a matter of whether we are going to let those tough times overcome us.

So how are you perceiving things? Are you looking at that job loss as a setback or a setup to the greater that God has for your life? Are you looking at that bad report from the doctor as loss of hope or an opportunity for healing? Are you looking at that debt as an insurmountable hurdle or a gateway to your financial freedom? 

You can either go through life looking at the glass as half full or as half empty. Whether you overcome that mountain before you is based on your mindset. Your progress in life is determined by your perspective. The choice is up to you.

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You Hear It Before You See It

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So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ~ Romans 10:17 NKJV

I find it interesting that in the physical world the speed of light is much faster than the speed of sound. In other words, you see something before you hear it. You see the lightning before you hear the thunder. You see the firework before you here the sound that it makes. You see the baseball player swing the bat before you hear the crack that it makes when it hits the ball.

While on the contrary, in the spiritual realm, we hear the word of God before we see the hand of God. We have to have the faith to believe for something before we actually see it happen. God spoke the world into existence. We hear the sound of a mighty rushing wind. In 1 Kings 18, Elijah told Ahab “there is a sound of abundance of rain” before he actually saw the rain. We are told to walk by faith and not by sight (See 2 Corinthians 5:7).

It’s like when a woman is giving birth to a child. For nine months, she can’t see the baby inside of her but she knows that it is there. She can feel the baby inside of her, she just can’t see it yet. She can hear the baby inside of her, but she can’t see it yet. Even though she can’t yet see the baby inside of her, she believes that it is there.

Sometimes what we see in our lives contradicts what we have heard in God’s word. That’s where faith comes in. The writer of Hebrews tells us “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (See Hebrews 11:1) Just because we don’t see it yet, doesn’t mean that what we heard isn’t going to happen. Don’t lose hope because it hasn’t happened. Hold onto your faith. And don’t stop believing.

If you wan’t to dive deeper into this thought, here is a great message from Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church, on this subject.

Sometimes You Just Have To Walk Through It


Have you ever come across a situation in your life where there was no avoiding it? You wanted to be able to side step it but there was no way around it. You wanted to avoid it but you just had to walk through it.

Everyone of us has come to a pivotal moment in our lives where we had a crucial decision to make. We could either take the path of least resistance or we could hit it head on. We could take the long way around it or we could put our head down and walk right through it. 

It’s human nature to want to take the path of least resistance. It’s in our DNA to avoid conflict. Who in their right mind would rather go through something than to go around it? But sometimes in life it’s better to push through the conflict than to proceed to go around it. It’s better to fight through the situation rather than to avoid it altogether.

Recently Steven Furtick, Pastor of Elevation Church, mentioned something profound when it comes to these moments in our lives. He said “Sometimes your harvest is found by walking through something you would rather walk around.” This is so true. Sometimes in order to get what God has for us in our lives we have to go through our situation instead of going around it.

The Israelites had to go through the Jordan River in order to get to the Promise Land (See Joshua 3). David talks about going through the valley (See Psalm 23:4). Even Jesus, though he didn’t want to (See Luke 22:42), had to go through the cross. 

So what is it that you’re facing today? What is it that you have been avoiding? What situation currently in your life would you rather walk around? Go through it. Because your harvest could be waiting for you on the other side.

God Is Not A Genie And Unlike Christina You Can’t Rub Him The Right Way

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The church has made God out be be like He is some genie from the movie Aladdin. Like we are able to rub some lamp, like Aladdin, and poof out pops God to grant our wish. We have been taught to believe that if we pray more, spend more quiet time with God, read the Bible more, or even give more time and money; God is going to bless us more. It’s this theology that if you have a greater need, you have to sow a greater seed. In other words if you want more from God, you have to give more to God.

The only problem with this way of thinking is that it just isn’t Biblical. Yes there is the scripture in Galatians where Paul says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” (See Galatians 6:7 NIV) And even Jesus said in Luke “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (See Luke 6:38 NIV) These verses have been twisted today to make them seem like they are saying the more money you give the more money you will receive. But that just isn’t true. Neither Paul nor Jesus were referring to money when they spoke these words. Just one verse before in Luke, Jesus was talking about forgiving. And Paul follows up verse 7 in Galatians saying that our sowing should be, when we have the opportunity, to do good to all people.

Even Satan himself tried to manipulate Jesus by taking certain scripture verses out of context. (See Matthew 4:1-11 NIV) It rubs me the wrong way, no pun intended, that people use the scripture and the church to push forth their own agenda and to prey on innocent bystanders. Jesus referred to this type of person as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. (See Matthew 7:15 NIV) You know who else was referred to as masquerading about as something he isn’t? You guessed it. The devil himself. (See 1 Peter 5:8 NIV) Not someone who I want to be associated with.

The truth is that God loves you no matter what. And that God blesses us not because of what we do but because of who we are. Giving more money isn’t going to get God’s attention. Jesus already did that for us when He died on the cross. You can’t pray for it. You can’t rub some magic lamp for it. And you can’t work for it. That is a good thing. Because if we could earn God’s love, if we could earn God’s grace, if we could earn God’s blessings then we could also lose them too. Jesus already did the work so we don’t have to, and frankly we couldn’t do it anyway. God isn’t a genie. God is good. God is great. And that is why He blesses us.

 

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