Object of the Game: Loser to Winner in No Time Flat (Part 2 of 2)
Written by Lynn Hare on April 14, 2014
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57)
In Part 1, we looked at a couple of ways to reframe loss in terms of how God sees it.
Sometimes circumstances wear us down. For the last month, I’ve been recovering from a spill in which my collar bone tore from the sternum. I’m still icing my sprained shoulder. Four weeks of pain has been challenging!
But God always has our best in mind. No matter how defeated we feel, He sees us as champions. Here are a few ways to transform a loser mindset to that of a winner:
- Your circumstances are not about a roll of the dice or luck. You’re not a victim. You’re an overcomer, with a God of intentionality beaming at you as you look to Him for the next move.
- Your starting place guarantees your outcome. Begin in the winner’s circle and trace your steps backwards to your circumstances. There, declare violent praise and thanksgiving. Say out loud, “Lord, thank you for this. I can’t wait to see what You’re up to!” Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess. 5:16-18, ESV).
Open the pages of your life story. What if Jesus told you, “You’re living Chapter 26. But let’s peek ahead to Chapter 31, where favor pursues you like a hound on an high-speed fox hunt. In Chapter 31, high fives abound. Financial abundance and successful, rich relationships fill your days.
How do you reach such favor? In Chapters twenty-seven through thirty, the story will unfold. But don’t wait till Chapter 31 to get to the good stuff. You’re confident of who God is and His favor is on you right now.
- Finally, when you’re just too exhausted, relax with Jesus and trust that He’s with you in the pain. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18, ESV)
In your circumstances, what does a win look like as defined by the Holy Spirit? What do you need to surrender in order to win?