‘As he thinks within himself, so he is.’ Proverbs 23:7 ISV
Until Roger Bannister came on the scene in 1954, some experts said it was physically impossible to run a mile in four minutes or less. The thinking back then was: if it hasn’t been done, it’s because it can’t be done. But Bannister not only did it, he started a new trend. History continues to prove that records are made to be broken. And with God on your side, your chances for success go through the roof!
Paul said, ‘I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ.’ (Philippians 4:13 TLB) Have you ever seen trained fleas in a jar? You don’t need a lid to keep them in. That’s because when the trainer first places them in the jar, he puts the lid on it, and the fleas jump up and down frantically hitting their heads against it. Finally, after a lot of headaches, they stop jumping and settle in to enjoy their newfound comfort. Now when the lid is removed the fleas are held captive by a mindset that says, ‘So high and no higher.’ What a picture!
Jesus said He came to ‘set at liberty them that are bruised.’ (Luke 4:18 KJV) Bruised by what? By past mistakes, by harsh criticism, by crippling fears, by wrong teaching, by physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual handicaps. In other words, Jesus came to help you take the lid off your thinking! No matter how bad your past is, the future He has in mind is better—and it is worth pursuing and fighting for.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 17:4–51, Eph 6:10–18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023