Don't Build a Case Against Yourself
Friend,

 

It's Olympics time! Isn't it amazing what one person can accomplish through years of persistence, practice, and focus? No doubt when we watch the games, there will be several standouts leaving us to think, "This person was made for this!" It's inspiring and exciting. But these Olympians aren't the only ones with goals, dreams, and purposes to accomplish....

 

What does God think about your future? We find it in the book of Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." All of what we are, good and bad, is what we have thought and believed. What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.
 
All of the important battles we face will be waged within ourselves. Building a case against yourself presents thousands of reasons why you cannot do what you want to, when all you really need is one reason why you can. In a recent New York Times article about Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall (watch him compete August 12!), he is quoted as saying, "I'm my own toughest critic... (But) I've learned to see myself as God sees me. We believe God sees us as perfect, almost as if we have a Jesus suit on, because he died for us and took away our sins. If that's how the Creator of the universe sees me, that's a very honoring thing. It builds your confidence. It makes you see yourself in a very good light." 

 

Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe that the God inside of them was superior to any circumstance. I John 4:4 says, "Greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world." It is a great deal better to do all the things you should do than to spend the rest of your life wishing you had. It's been said don't put water in your own boat, the storm will put enough in on its own. The first key victory you must win is over yourself. Your chief competition is you. "You can't consistently perform in a manner that is inconsistent with the way you see yourself," says Zig Ziglar.

 

Building a case against yourself performs like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones. To keep from building a case against yourself: Multiply your prayer time, divide the truth from a lie, subtract negative influences, and add God's Word. We lie loudest when we lie to ourselves. Both faith and fear sail into the harbor of your mind, but only faith should be allowed to anchor

 
Friend, what were you made to accomplish?

-John Mason, from the book,  You're Born An Original Don't Die A Copy