As a physical athlete, bad mental attitudes rob a runner of joy as well as peace, affect your relationships and can stop you from running! Yikes!! Ever been there?
As a spiritual athletes, our Father tells us to “finally brothers, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”
Hence, attitude does make a big difference in things of this world and in things of heaven! When we have our minds set on Godly things, it helps us have victory for Heaven! We have an enemy that is always seeking to get us to think about heaven in a negative sense and Jesus said of Satan: “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in Him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). When we believe Satan’s lies instead of God’s truth, our lives become weighed down, hindered and entangled with sin. Yuck! Muck and mire!! Who wants to wallow in all of that!!! It is important that we “throw off” this weight so that we can run well and with perseverance the race marked out for our lives! Woohoo! Sound good, saints! Why dwell on the downer things of life when we can look upward!!! Up, up and away with the lies!!! Oh, this is amazing here – There is something very interesting about the word “Believe.” Look at the center of the word BELIEVE. I want you to see this in hopes it will help you remember that we need to be very conscientious about what we believe! Amen?
Satan tells all people lies that affect their self-worth and confidence as people! He tells them, as the world does, that our self-worth is determined by how well we perform and what other people think of us instead of being based on the fact that we are valued by God as we are! These lies greatly affect your running because from our hearts or what we believe becomes what we think, feel, speak and what we do. We are today as a result of our thinking yesterday. What we will be tomorrow will be determined by what we think in the present! We are in the middle of a spiritual battle – the battlefield being our minds! Yikes!!! Put on the spiritual armor of Jesus!!! If Satan can convince people to believe His lies, it will effect their forward movement for God! You see this when you read about the Israelites who ended up wandering in the desert for forty years because of their actions. God’s word tells us they were not able to enter His rest because of their unbelief. So, in order to “throw off’ the weight of false beliefs, we must:
- Pray for victory over the negative thinking!
- Replace the lies in our minds with God’s Truth! (Romans 12:2)
- “We need to submit ourselves to God verbally. Resist the devil verbally by telling him to leave, and he will flee from ya! (James 4:7). Yippee!!!
- “We need to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ 2 (Corinthians 10:5).
When you recognize the lies in life, you can get rid of them, and move on to living life in victory! Oh, sweet victory is the Truth of our Father’s heart for us all, family! I’m a gal thinking victoriously with ya!!! Yer beloved children of the King – don’t let the enemy tell ya lies!!! Just give him a divine attitude and then he will leave with a leave ya alone attitude! Now that thought just makes me smile!!!