Believing that you can succeed at Christian growth and maturity takes no more effort that believing you cannot succeed.
- Neil Anderson
In my observation of thriving believers, over the course of decades, one consistent habit emerges: they have a bulldog tenacity for godly thinking. Such people endure hardship like the rest, yet they seem to sing in its midst.
Indeed, our mental habits hold powerful sway over us. And, when one submits an issue to the Word of God and allows the Holy Spirit freedom to work, genuine transformation occurs. Neil Anderson, president of Freedom in Christ Ministries is a godly teacher and is known for his bestselling book The Bondage Breaker. His devotional, Daily in Christ, written with his wife Joanne, is one of my favorites. Here is the first of a two part series, taken from that volume, in hopes of leading us further toward transformational thinking.
Twenty Cans of Success
1. Why should I say I can’t when the Bible says I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13)?
2. Why should I lack when I know that God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19)?
3. Why should I fear when the Bible say God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)?
4. Why should I lack faith to fulfill my calling knowing that God has allotted to me a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)?
5. Why should I be weak when the Bible says that the Lord is the strength of my life and that I will display strength and take action because I know God (Psalm 27:1; Daniel 11:32)?
6. Why should I allow Satan supremacy over my life when He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)?
7. Why should I accept defeat when the Bible says that God always leads me in triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14)?
8. Why should I lack wisdom when Christ became wisdom to me from God and God gives wisdom to me generously when I ask Him for it (1 Corinthians 1:30; James 1:5)?
9. Why should I be depressed when I can recall to mind God’s lovingkindness, compassion, and faithfulness and have hope (Lamentations 3:21-23)?
10. Why should I worry and fret when I can cast all my anxiety on Christ who cares for me (1 Peter 5:7)?
Living With Eternal Intentionality™
Which one of these transformational truths, if applied to your thought process, would radically change your life?
What is one step you desire to take to see this become a reality?