Think About What You Think About (1)
The story is told of Nick, a tough guy with a bad outlook, who worked on the railways. One night after all his fellow workers had gone home he accidentally locked himself in a refrigerated carriage. Worried that the temperature was below freezing, he yelled for help, but to no avail. The more he worried about his situation the colder he felt, until eventually he started shivering uncontrollably. Convinced he was dying, he wrote a letter to his family outlining what had happened. The next morning they found Nick’s body and the autopsy results showed it was as if he had frozen to death. But the investigators discovered something puzzling. The carriage in which Nick was trapped was out of order and was off. The night he froze to death the temperature in the carriage was 16 degrees, just below room temperature. But because he expected to die, he lost the battle in his mind.
What you believe about your life is more important than what anyone else believes. Job said, ‘What I feared has come upon me.’ Be careful what you anticipate; negative expectations become self-fulfilling prophecies. God has promised to help you, but you get the deciding vote. By focusing on the negative you’re agreeing to let Satan defeat you. Jesus said, ‘According to your faith will it be done for you.’ (Matthew 9:29 NIV) The GNT translation puts it like this: ‘Let it happen… just as you believe...’ So get into agreement with God’s Word and focus on His promises instead of your problems. When you do, your faith will take you to new levels of victory. But it’s up to you to take the first step!