We constantly hear people complaining about what they are going through. Sometimes when I listen to some people, it almost sounds as if they are competing to see whose circumstances are the worst. Can it really be so exciting to have problems? Or did it become a status symbol to brag about the fact that your stress levels are higher than someone else’s?
I cannot help to come to these conclusions, because people will paint this “doom and gloom” picture about their lives, yet when you start pointing them towards the solution to their problem they go quiet. And next time when you meet with the same person, it’s the same story all over. My first question is….”What have you done in the mean time to change the situation?”
This reminds me of a story I’ve heard about a pastor. A member from his congregation came to visit him and started complaining about the testing time he’s going through. While this man was ranting on about what he was going through, the pastor’s response was…”praise the Lord for that”. The man stopped for a second in amazement…..and carried on again. A second time the pastor responded with “praise the Lord for that”.
The man was totally confused by the pastor’s response and asked what the pastor meant by responding in such a manner. He felt offended. He asked whether the pastor couldn’t understand what he was going through. This time the pastor responded with; “listen to what you are saying……you are going through it, you are not stuck in it. Praise the Lord for that”.
John L. Mason describes nugget #25 in his book An Enemy Called Average as “today is the day to decide to go through what you’ve been going through.”
Today Is the Day to Decide To Go Through What You Are Going Through
What are you focusing on? Are you focusing on the problem, or the solution?
John Mason says it well when he says “don’t accept your present, temporary situation as your future, permanent situation. Despite your present circumstances, make up your mind to get on with your life and fulfil your divine purpose and calling”.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.
What are you speaking into your life? If you have constantly been talking about what you’ve been going through over the past years, it is time for you to change what you are saying. Yes, I’m not telling you to keep quiet; I’m saying you need to change what you are saying. In fact, that is not what I am saying, that is what the Bible is saying. In Mark 11:22-26 it says that you should speak unto the mountain……and you will have what you say. The “mountain” referred to in this scripture is referring to your situation – whatever it might be. We often refer to our problem as “laying like a mountain in front us”. Well……now you know what to do about it. Talk to that mountain….not just about it.
How to Put Power behind Your Words
By now you might be saying that you’ve tried this positive thinking stuff and repeating positive affirmations, and it just doesn’t work. You know what? I agree. Because it starts with what you believe. You can repeat positive affirmations all day long, if you don’t believe what you are saying, those are idle words. That is why the same verses in Mark 11 tell you that when you pray you need to believe. Another crucial part that is often missed is pointed out in verse 25 which says “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
So how do you get power behind your words?
Follow this process:
- Everything starts with a decision. You need to decide that you want to find out what God says about your situation.
- Then you need to decide that God’s word has final authority in your life. Yes, you have to make that decision (Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Deuteronomy 30:19). God will never force you.
- Thirdly you have to develop your faith. This is done by spending time in the Word of God on a daily basis (Romans 10:17). Read the Word of God and meditate on it (Joshua 1:8). “I’m to busy, I just don’t have time for that”, you might say. If you are facing difficulties and you are sick and tired of failing in life, I would say you don’t have time not to do this.
- Don’t hold any grudges; practice forgiving (Mark 11:25). You’ll be amazed how this step can reduce your stress levels, giving you peace and calmness to focus on taking positive action.
By doing this, you will gain knowledge about what God is saying about your situation and life in general. Seeing it (by reading), hearing it (by speaking), and then meditating on it (thinking about how to apply it in your life), it will get rooted in your heart (sub-conscious). This is where positive affirmations comes in (and work). It is when you actually believe what you say, because it is based on a firm foundation (the Word of God). When you now get confronted with a difficult situation, this knowledge automatically comes up in your mind and you start speaking and acting accordingly.
Now you can see which words have impact on your life. If you repeat your daily positive affirmations just because your life coach told you to, yet at the first opportunity you start complaining about your problem again, those positive affirmations become useless. Because what do you really believe? What matters is what comes out of your mouth spontaneously (Luke 6:45), because that is what you believe, and those words have the power to affect your life. What you focus your attention on, tend to manifest in your life. Even Job said…..” For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25 KJV).
The Bible is full of promises which can deliver you. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
If you have faith in God and you trust Him completely, giving Him final authority in your life, start appropriating those promises, speak them out loud, and you will begin to see your circumstances line up with the Word and will of God. It might not happen overnight, but eventually it will. We cannot manipulate God to become our “genie” though. He expects our involvement as well, and the first thing we need to do, is to believe, and then to develop our faith.
It’s not going To Happen like “Magic”
When Jesus walked the earth, He didn’t say we will never have to face any problems. It is a fact that the devil will come against us. In John 10:10 it is written that the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy. But the same text continues to tell us that Jesus came that we “might have life, and have it more abundantly”. By the gift of the Holy Spirit, we have God’s grace which is enough to resist any attack from the devil, and he will flee from us (James 4:7).
The devil will always try to convince us that we are not going to make it. He will try to tempt us to just give up and quit. But in 1 Corinthians 10:13 it says “No temptation[c]has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”.
It is also very interesting to note that this scripture is often misquoted by saying that God will prevent anything from happening that we cannot handle. That is not what this scripture is saying. It says that God will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. We often have to face situations which are impossible for us to handle. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) says “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”.
Today Is the First Day of Your Future
Make a quality decision today by deciding to turn your life around. Start focusing on the solution instead of the problem. Stop walking around the mountain, talking about it. Speak to the mountain and move it out of your way with the authority that has been given to you. Start walking in victory.
I know I have a mountain I’m speaking to. It might not be removed overnight, but I will keep working at it until I see the manifestation of God’s promises.
Do you have a mountain that needs to move? What are you doing about it? Are you telling everybody about it, or are you speaking to it? I look forward to hearing from you.