Your enemy, the devil, will lie to you through people (even Christians), through situations, through your mind, through demons: he is a master of deception.
But I have GOOD NEWS for you. Your Friend Jesus Christ, the Messiah of Israel, will tell you the Truth. He is The Truth; His Word is Truth.
Listen to the voice of God. Read His Word and learn from Him. Pray and hear His Spirit.
Stop worrying about the giants in front of you: the forces, voices and beings that threaten you and keep you from being creative, productive and powerful. David had brothers who THOUGHT the giant, Goliath, was too big to fight. But David THOUGHT the giant was TOO BIG TO MISS! [1 Samuel 17:47]
How do you SEE your challenges? How do you PERCEIVE them: as obstacles … or as opportunities? When Moses sent the 12 spies into the Promised Land the ten men of fear had a different perspective than the two men of faith, Caleb and Joshua. The men of fear saw the people of the land as giants and themselves as but grasshoppers in their sight.
The 10 spies gave the people of Israel a bad report of the land, which they had spied out, saying, We are NOT able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we are. But Caleb said, Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well ABLE to overcome. (Numbers 13:30)
The Hebrew word able used in this passage (yakol) means to have power, or the capacity to prevail or succeed. My wonderful mother many times read me the little children book about the train going up the hill, pulling a load, and saying I KNOW I can, I KNOW I can, I KNOW I can!
David succeeded in killing the giant, Goliath, the same way the two men of faith, Caleb and Joshua, succeeded in entering the promise land: because he saw, as they did, obstacles as opportunities for MIRACLES: avenues through which God could be glorified! The size of the person is more important than the size of the problem. Who are you on the inside and Whom do you trust!
Do not focus on the giants … focus on God. That is why the enemy lies to you. The devil wants to get your attention away from your Heavenly Father: away from His love for you and His ability to provide for you.
I remember teaching my first born son how to sail. We were in a harbor of the ocean where many yachts and boats were maneuvering. My son kept his attention on another yacht … what to miss … instead of our tack (where we should be going). He was focusing on what to miss instead of where to go. So it is with many Christians: focusing on the giants instead of the opportunities and goals.
Stop worrying about whether you are going to sin and start praising and THANKING God for helping you to live holy!
Stop being concerned about failure and start praising and THANKING God for helping you to be successful.
Stop concentrating on being broken and start praising and THANKING Jesus for making you whole. That is why He died on the cross ... but you must appropriate that wholeness by faith.
SECRET: Also, pray AHEAD OF TIME for what you're going to do AFTER YOUR VICTORY!
Many people have what psychologists label a fear of failure; but I would say, in the people I have counseled through the years, just as many or more have a fear of success! King Saul was an example of this. I think he had a fear of success. Pray AHEAD OF TIME and receive the anointing for what you are going to do AFTER YOUR VICTORY!
Do not give in and do not give up. If you do NOT quit, you will win!
I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
With God ALL things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)
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