Day 23 – Proverbs 23
“As a man thinks in his heart, so does he become” Proverbs 23:7
Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you are right. When we set out to accomplish a task, BELIEVING WE CAN, we set ourselves up to succeed. The first and most important battle to overcome is in the mind. The mind is an incredibly powerful tool. If we are convinced in our mind that we are able, no giant can stand in our way. The chances of succeeding are far greater than when we are doubtful.
Doubt cripples us. It makes us lose even before we begin. It is the cunning voice of the heart that tells us that we can’t make it. We believe that voice and when we try and go against it, it almost feels impossible and our inner voice of encouragement doesn’t sound very convincing.
Setbacks and failures must not be allowed to discourage our hearts from aiming high and believing for the best. Embracing failure as a learning tool will help us pick up when we fall short. “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again.” Proverbs 24:16
Fear does a great job at calling the thing we are trying to avoid. Job said “The thing I have feared the most has come upon me” Job 3:25 It can get so easy to focus on the negative that we write ourselves off from ever receiving anything good. That is an ungodly belief. Although bad things do happen, GOOD things are meant for you!
We must choose to believe positive things about ourselves according to God’s Word. We must stay convincing ourselves that we can do it, that we will succeed, that we are created in the image of God and He has destined us for greatness! Jesus said, “Whoever does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” Mark 11:23
Heavenly Father, our thoughts can sometimes torment us. We end up feeling so discouraged when we fail. Thank you for picking us up when we fall and for reassuring us that failure does not define who we are. Help us to view ourselves the way You see us. As men and women of honour, as children of the Most High God who are fearfully and wonderfully made in your image. Through You, we will achieve great and mighty exploits. Thank you for giving us a positive outlook on life and teaching us to see the good in everything. We believe that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
In Jesus name…