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Change Your Thinking. Change Your Life

How is your thinking?

When approaching your spiritual endeavors, do you expect to succeed? You should. Every son or daughter of God is very capable of doing great things. Your potential for good is unlimited. God will equip you with the power to impact others and make your life a living testimony of His amazing grace. If you will surrender to Him, He will stretch and grow you into a larger reflection of Himself.

Your thoughts are critical to your success. Satan knows this. This is why the battle for your soul is waged in your mind. If Satan can influence your thoughts, he will. He wants to discourage you and make you distrust God. Don’t listen to him. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded, James 4.7-8.

Do you want to change your life? Change your thinking. Go forward optimistically, knowing that:

God is always with you. See Ephesians 3.16-17. God intends to:

  • Strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
  • Have Christ dwell in your heart through faith.
  • See that you become rooted and grounded in love.

When Satan does approach, the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one, 2 Thessalonians 3.3. You can move forward in confidence and faith.

You are equipped for success.

  • You have the strength God supplies, Colossians 1.29; Ephesians 6.10.
  • You can endure all things, Philippians 4.13.
  • You can escape temptation, 1 Corinthians 10.13.

Since all these things are true, raise your personal expectations. Expect the best and never settle for less. Demand a higher standard for yourself. Rick Pitino has said, we must remember that the same level of thinking that brought us to where we are today will not take us to where we want to go tomorrow. God enables you to think big things and do big things. Do you believe?

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen, Ephesians 3.20-21.

God is Listening!

Do you pray expecting to receive an answer?

When life brings a problem, trial, or temptation, resist any doubt that makes you question God’s attentiveness to your situation. You can trust God. When you pray – He listens. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, James 1.5-7.

There is nothing you cannot bring before God. Tell God about your hopes, fears, triumphs, concerns, and friendships. Talk with Him as you would any close associate here on earth. Call on Him in faith.

Isaiah 36-37 contains the story of King Hezekiah’s prayer as the Assyrian King Sennacherib besieged Jerusalem. The most powerful and violent army in the world was poised to take Jerusalem apart, piece by piece. Judah’s meager forces did not stand a chance against the well trained and disciplined warriors of Assyria. Before going to battle, Sennacherib sent a letter to the people of Judah taunting God and urging them to surrender. Hezekiah took this letter and spread it out in the temple before God. While Hezekiah knew God was fully aware of the situation, he opened up his heart to God and prayed for deliverance. Because of Hezekiah’s trust, God saved Jerusalem from annihilation, Isaiah 37.21, 36-38.

Even with such assurances, we need to be constantly reminded of the power and effectiveness of prayer. Perhaps the clearest statement on what prayer can accomplish is seen in the book of James: The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much, James 5.16b.

What is meant by effective prayer? When you pray earnestly in faith, you are tapping into God’s great power. There is undeniable power in the prayer of the righteous!

The eyes of God are upon the righteous. God will supply you with all your needs, Philippians 4.19, and will provide you with love and care. This is why the Christian can hold his head high and lead a life filled with optimism – even during trial and adversity. Take time today to praise God that He listens and personally cares about you. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you, 1 Peter 5.6-7.