Believing that you can succeed at Christian growth and maturity takes no more effort that believing you cannot succeed.
Our minds have a mind of their own, and yet we have the opportunity to see that transformed! When you and I take seriously the discipline to make our thinking a citadel for The Holy Spirit to reign, an enormous impact occurs in the quality of our lives.
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, authentic change results. 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. Part One of this two part series was taken from that volume, in hopes of leading us further toward transformational godly thinking.
Now for Part 2:
Twenty Cans of Success
11. Why should I ever be in bondage knowing that there is liberty where the Spirit of the Lord is (2 Corinthians 3:17)?
12. Why should I feel condemned when the Bible says I am not condemned because I am in Christ (Romans 8:1)?
13. Why should I feel alone when Jesus said He is with me always and He will never leave me nor forsake me (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)?
14. Why should I feel accursed or that I am the victim of bad luck when the Bible says that Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law that I might receive His Spirit (Galatians 3:13, 14)?
15. Why should I be discontented when I, like Paul, can learn to be content in all my circumstances (Philippians 4:11)?
16. Why should I feel worthless when Christ became sin on my behalf that I might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21)?
17. Why should I have a persecution complex knowing that nobody can be against me when God is for me (Romans 8:31)?
18. Why should I be confused when God is the author of peace and He gives me knowledge through His indwelling Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:33; 2:12)?
19. Why should I feel like a failure when I am a conqueror in all things through Christ (Romans 8:37)?
20. Why should I let the pressures of life bother me when I can take courage knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and its tribulations (John 16:33)?
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From this Part 2 of Twenty Cans of Success, which do you find most helpful on this day in your life?
Please personalize this list by adding two more from your own life: Why should I __________ when the Bible says _____________?