Are you one of those people that has a barely get by mentality? Are you always waiting for the other shoe to drop? I know many people that just can't seem to get a break. For them the mindset is that of "This is as good as it gets, this is my lot in life, this is how it always has been for my family!"
We can set major limits in our own lives and the lives of our families and children simply by living so single mindedly. Sometimes it seems people who have always lived a certain way and have had very little, can't ever seem to rise above the, "that's my lot in life attitude!" Seeing themselves that way for generations past takes root in their souls and becomes the way of life for them as well as for future generations.
There are proven studies that show that we are what we think we are, that what we think about ourselves and our situations is so very important. There have been studies on what is biological verses what we obtain from our environment. Many studies are proving that we are most often conditioned to follow a very close knit path to that of how we've been influenced.
We are creatures of habit and we learn what we live. We become products of our surroundings. If you have grown up a certain way, perhaps doing without or in a very negative household, chances are, you have learned those exact ways of limited and negative thinking and carried them straight through into your adult life.
I once heard a story about a lady that always made a beautiful ham for holiday dinners. Before she placed the ham in the oven to cook, she always cut off a piece at each end. One day her young daughter asked her why she always cuts the ends off of the ham. The mother responded saying that that is how her own mother had always done it; so she cooks her ham as her mother had taught her. After the girl's mom thought about it for a while, she decided to call her own mother to ask why the ends of the ham needed to be cut off, the response on the other end of the phone was that of a chuckle followed by a simple," I always cut the ham ends off because my pan was to small to fit the big ham!
How many of us simply cut the ends off the ham rather than just get a larger pan? A larger vision for our lives? Sometimes we don't even question our realities. We act like we have no power to do things any other way, to venture out off the beaten path and tread upon unchartered territory. We become complacent and comfortable with the status quo and never wander out past the walls of our own set limitations. Many people are so afraid to fail at something that they won't even try. We would rather succeed at nothing than fail at something. We give up before we even think to buy a bigger pan!
Jeremiah 1:5 says, I knew you before I formed you in your mothers's womb. Before you were born I set you apart.
God chose you, He formed you, He set you apart! That means He designed you and made you to His exact specifications. He made you in His image with a great purpose and plan for your life. So no matter how you were raised or no matter what has caused you to have negative or limited thinking, God has set you apart for greatness even before you were born!
The Bible says God made us to reign as kings in our lives! We have Royal blood flowing through our veins. We are made in God's own image, we are His descendants, His children! God has made us all for specific plans and purposes to glorify Him. He wants to bless us and prosper us. He wants us to live in victory.
Romans 5:17 says, " We are to reign in life as kings"!
Being victorious in life does not mean living all defeated with a negative attitude. We do not have to accept any negative plots in our lives. If we are to truly reign in life as kings, then what does that mean for us? The definition of the word reign is;
1. Exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch. 2. The period during which a monarch rules. 3. Dominance or widespread influence.
Our period to reign is our whole life! For our lifetime we should live as kings with widespread influence. We can have power over any negativity in our lives. God's word is a truth for our lives, we can claim that as ours and begin to change our thinking. Get a vision for yourself! See yourself as God sees you! Take off the chains that bind you, that hold you back, that whisper defeat. The same old thinking will always reap the same old results. Technically, the glass is always half full. Start seeing a new vision for your lives and those that you will influence in the future. You can change the paths of generations that follow just by declaring what the Lord promises He has in store for you. Read the Word of God and claim those promises for yourself.
Romans 8:38, We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us!
God always causes us to triumph. We can have what the Bible says we can have. We are heirs to God's mighty throne! We can redirect our paths through a change of mindset. There is no term limits on our reign of power in our own lives. We do not have to campaign to get elected. We simply need to know that we are God's crowning achievement. He wants us to be blessed!
2 Corinthians 2:14
But I thank God, who always leads us in victory because of Christ. Wherever we go, God uses us to make clear what it means to know Christ. It's like a fragrance that fills the air.
At this point in your life, you may not be feeling very blessed, you may be going through some tough times and the uphill climb you face maybe quite daunting. Be encouraged that God is with you , his righteous right hand can reach down and lift you over your steep hills and through tough uphill battles with an amazing grace and ease. Declare your victories in Jesus name and claim the word of God over your life. The promises of God are not just for a select few. They are for us all! Never forget who you are in Christ and the life Jesus died for you to have. Don't waste another minute living a defeated, barely getting by, kind of life! You are a precious crown Jewel to God and you are here to reign in victory!
When you do seek Him with a full heart of love and hunger for Him, the windows of heaven will open wide for your blessings and answered prayer.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
I challenge you today to get a bigger vision for your life! Don't cut yourself short because your pan is to small! God's pan for you is huge! His blessings are infinite! And He has crowned you with royalty! Receive that down in your spirit and begin to see the positive changes manifest themselves in your lives.
Heavenly Father I thank you so much for loving me and setting me apart as your chosen child. Help me to walk victoriously as I claim your word over my life today! I praise you in Jesus name!