Spirit of Defeat
Why do we struggle so much with life? Why do we listen to the spirit of defeat that tells us we can’t, when God tells us we can? We have everything we need to live the life God has planned for us, with a spirit of victory.
For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)
Our granddaughter lives from a spirit of victory. She’s not afraid and doesn’t hesitate. She advances totally confident of eventual triumph! She’s aware there will be challenges and some difficulties. She openly admits she can’t do it on her own. She will need help, but that’s okay. She welcomes it.
One day last summer, she decided it was a perfect day for a bike ride. I agreed, but explained that we did not have her bike at our house. Without hesitation, she offered to ride her cousin's bike. I pointed out that his bike did not have training wheels. She gave me that look, like why does that matter. So, I asked if she could ride a bike without training wheels. Without flinching, she assured me she absolutely could ride a bike without training wheels and headed for the garage. We found a helmet and pulled out the bike. Full of enthusiasm, she hopped on as if to take off, but instead looked over to Papa and asked him to help her. Imagine our surprise. She smiled, and with the same confidence as before boldly stated, “I can ride a bike without training wheels, I just haven’t done it yet.” We laughed, she was right.
Make the choice to live from victory. Shift from “it’s not possible” to “with God, all things are possible”. Act on it. Create a list of actions that reinforce your belief and add them to your PLANT + CULTIVATE + GROW list for this month. Hold yourself accountable, maybe get an accountability partner and schedule check in times. Dig into God’s word for strength and surround yourself with others who share your faith in God’s promises. Live your New Life today! Write observations about God’s faithfulness to reflect upon when feeling challenged. Each day, thank God for what he’s already done for you and for what you believe He is doing in you today.
Adult & Teen Challenge is a 12 month residential discipleship program. It’s where men and women go when they come to the end of themselves, when they are tired of living from a spirit of defeat and they are ready to make the shift from believing “life is too hard for me” to “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Each day, they learn how to live out of their confidence in this new belief and position of victory. They begin living differently and experiencing power of Christ.
The Spiritual Seeds Planner provides Adult & Teen Challenge students a tool to help them live from victory, empowered by the Holy Spirit. We have created a special Teen Challenge Package that includes a 2021 or Undated planner of your choice, sticker book, Fruit of the Spirit Tote bag, notepad, pencil case and colored pens. With every package purchased, we will donate a Spiritual Seeds Planner to a student. Let’s join together to live out of the victory provided to us by Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:57 - Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.