“What I feared has come upon me.” Job 3:25 NIV
Nick was a tough guy with a bad outlook. He worked for the railroad. One night after all his fellow workers had gone home he accidentally locked himself in a refrigerated boxcar. Worried that the temperature was below freezing, he yelled for help, but to no avail. The more he thought about his situation the colder he felt, till 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. An autopsy revealed that he had indeed frozen to death. But the investigators discovered something puzzling. The boxcar in which Nick was trapped was out of order and had been disconnected. The night he froze to death the temperature in the boxcar was sixty-one 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” (Mt 9:29 NIV). Another translation puts it like this: “Become what you believe” (TM). 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!
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