January 17th, 2018
Have you ever been riding a bicycle and tried to look at something behind you? It’s not easy. The old phrase “Where your eyes go, your body follows” kicks in, and you tend to steer the bike in the direction your head is turning.
That phrase is usually something that sports trainers and coaches say, but it really applies to nearly every area of your life. Because where your eyes and your mind go, your life follows; how you’re approaching your life—your perspective—is affecting where you’re going.
Look at Numbers 13. God told Moses to send some men to explore the land of Canaan. He sent them and they saw that the land was good. But then look at what happened:
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
They had the WRONG perspective.
It didn’t matter that they had the promises of God; they couldn’t see the promises for themselves.
So many people are living like that—focused on the wrong things and having no clue who they really are and who God created them to be. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the Church hiding. If the Bible says it, it should be so. You don’t have to accept mediocrity and failure as a way of life. You have the promises of God.
You have the potential to create your life every day. You have the potential to WIN.
But you have to walk out the principles of the Kingdom; you have to engage.
That might mean you have to make some hard choices and some hard changes.
And you're definitely going to have to ask yourself some questions.
Start with these three:
1. What have I been looking at?
Stop and think about what you've been looking at and how you've been seeing things. How do you see yourself? How do you see your life? Have you been focusing on the promises of God or on your problems?
Your heart is going to produce what it's meditating on. So, set your sights on what God says. Then, protect and guard your heart.
2. What have I been saying?
What's been coming out of your mouth lately? Do your words sound like your coworkers, your friends, Satan’s? Or do they sound like the Word of God? No matter what anyone else is saying, set yourself in agreement with what God says and only say what He says.
3. How easily have I been getting off track?
The goal of the enemy is always to make your problem or circumstance look bigger than God. Train yourself not to be moved off of what God says. No matter what's happening around you, you can stay in faith (agreement) with what heaven says about you, about your situation, and about the Kingdom of God. Cast any thoughts that don’t line up with what God says down like water off a duck's back. Tell the enemy to shut up.
What you look at and think on has a huge bearing on where you'll go in life, and on whether or not you’ll win in life. When Peter walked on the water with Jesus, it was only when he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on the wind and the waves (the circumstances) that he started to sink. That's what the enemy wants to do to you. Don’t buy into it. Keep your perspective in agreement with God’s, and don’t let the enemy change it.