“Your discouragement is a bigger problem than what you’re discouraged about because there’s always something you’re going to be discouraged about.” Always! I mean everybody in this room – if we thought too hard about a particular area in our lives, we’d become discouraged or possibly depressed. Ha ha.
A great key to break off discouragement is to encourage others.
So we say tonight there’s a lot of good tidings we’re going to release.
Here are the four lifechanging beliefs. As we believe them, we will increasingly see them get into our experience.
1: There is always a solution (I Corinthians 10:13)
Out of my book Let’s Just Laugh at That,let me just share this lie, “There are no solutions for this situation.” Ha ha
Here’s some laughable assumptions under that kingpin lie.
● ‘This situation is so bad that even prayer is pointless.’ Haa haa haa
● ‘The devil has won a complete victory therefore resistance is futile.’ Haa haa haa
● ‘God cannot work this situation for good and the lives impacted by it.’ Haa haa
● “God does not have any wisdom for what should be done.’ Haa haa haa
● ‘Breakthrough is always difficult and will take a long time.’ Haa haa haa
● ‘God is angry and does not want to help those involved.’ Haa haa haa
Now here’s the truth: “God makes a way where there seems to be no way”
Now, the Red Sea parted when it looked hopeless.
God had a plan to defeat Goliath that no one was aware of.
Bitter waters were made surprisingly sweet by the unusual solution of throwing a tree into them. We just release unusual solutions. We release ideas from Heaven tonight. Jesus multiplied food when it was limited. A famine ended in a day.
And money needed to pay taxes was found in the unusual location of a fishes mouth.
Hope is always the beginning point of any change.
brain doesn’t think there is a solution, it won’t look for a solution
The key verse for this truth: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God isfaithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”(I Corinthians 10:13).
That’s one of the biggest hope bringing verses in all the Bible. Wherever you’re at God has a way of escape – “the way of escape.”
2: I will always know what to do (James 1:58)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he isa doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways” (James 1:58).
I preached a message on a Friday night a few years ago called “The Seven Traits of Dynamic Decision Makers.” And one of the traits of a dynamic decision maker is they actually believe they are a good decision maker.
Believing God is going to give you wisdom is the beginning step of walking in faith. It is Faith 101. It will deal with instability and doublemindedness. !
James 1:5 is like a tracking number for a package you have ordered.
‘Lord I need wisdom, I need to know what to do, will you please help?”
Boom! Tracking number…it’s coming! Say ‘it’s coming. I’m going to know what to do.’
3: “I will always succeed in everything I do.” (Philippians 4:1113)
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned that in whatever state I am to be content. I know to be abased and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and how to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:1112).
Then he says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (vs 13).
Basically what he’s saying is “I’ll succeed in any situation you put me in. I’ll succeed in jail and I’ll succeed as a millionaire. I’ll succeed if people think I’m great,and I’ll succeed if people don’t think I’m great and don’t even like me, I’ll still succeed! I will always succeed in everything I do.”
Success isn’t a goal to be attained, but it’s a state of being.
One of the pathways in leadership is to be successful on the inside when you look unsuccessful on the outside. As a matter of fact, every great leader has to go through that.
“I don’t look successful,” and then God says, “Ok, be successful on the inside.”
It’s one of those things – once you get successful on the inside, it’s impossible not to get successful on the outside. Inner success is called a prosperous soul.
3 John 2 says “Beloved I pray that you will be in health and prosper even as your soul prospers.”
Let’s just laugh at these lies regarding these ministry lies:
● “If my ministry does not appear successful, then it is not!” Haa haa!!
● “Without current outward success in ministry I am a failure I my calling” Haa haa!!
● “Those who plant and water are not successful, but those who reap a harvest are very
successful.” Haa haa!!
● “Noah was a failure until the flood validated his ark ministry.” Haa haa!!
● “Only ministries that have a lot of people and a lot of money are successful.” Haa haa!!
● “My obedience to God is unsuccessful unless people celebrate me.”
4: “My past will always be turned to good.” (Romans 8:28)
Romans 8:28 – this is one verse the devil really does NOT like!
“And we know that all things work together for good to those that love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Wow…how many things? All Things. And how many’s that? Isn’t that amazing?
That’s a great truth…but when we actually believeit, when we actually say I believe that truth, something happens. Everything in our path gets turned for good. Everything! Our mistakes, bad things that have happened to us, it all gets turned to good. It creates backfire to the devil!
As a matter of fact, a good biography title for the devil is “It Backfired Again!” Chapters are still being written today. There are stories in this room – it’s backfire! There are people in this room and you’re giving your lives to the Lord maybe the first right now and there’s a supernatural backfire that’s going to happen.
The most powerful things in our ministry often come from a negative that has turned into a positive in our lives. As a matter of fact, God is so good at turning negatives to positives, that people have created theologies saying God sent the negative in the first place.