There is a war going on for your mind, your heart and ultimately your destiny. It is the battle of doubt, fear, discouragement and unbelief. Everyday you come under assault and if you don’t take a stand every day, the cheap shots and lies that confront you will soon be accepted as reality.
The key to your victory lies in being aware of the different ways the battle is waged so you can be prepared to defend your territory and advance your position.
The battlefield of your past – The past is full of good things and negative things. The key is to remember the good things as a source of encouragement and identify lessons learned from the negative things as a point of wisdom. When the past threatens to hold you back with doubt, remember that you have the power to flip the switch and use your past in a productive and fruitful way. Your victory lies in the ability to be fully present now, with an eye toward the future.
The combat zone of your future – The future happens today with the choices, plans and actions you take. Don’t get discouraged today because you aren’t yet where you want to be. Harness your passions and gifts to set goals that will motivate you to continue moving forward one day at a time. Dare to dream big and know that as you are faithful in the little things of today, you’ll have opportunities to be faithful with the big things of your future.
The front line of your defense – Stay on track with your personal mission and make sure that it is in alignment with your core values. Don’t be afraid to say no to other missions that don’t sync up you’re your personal values or you’ll live with constant inner conflict. Your job, volunteer opportunities and even your church all have a mission or a focus and it must resonate with you in order to fully engage or you’ll be wasting precious time that could be better spent elsewhere.
The warfare of standing still – It’s easy to feel like you need to just do something – anything, even when you’re not sure what to do. It’s often during those times of waiting that unbelief tries to take over, however there is great power in the wisdom to be patient and wait. Knowing how to wait patiently is a learned skill with great benefits. Even when you feel like a pregnant woman who is past due, exercising self-control will keep you from making a rash mistake that could set your mission back.
Spiritual Perspective: The need for patience to develop your character is part of the battle for your destiny. It is emphasized in James 1:4*, “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything”. As you continue to grow in wisdom and in faith, your freedom will come! Be faithful to keep the promises you make to God and yourself and you’ll have victory in the battle for your destiny.
Don’t let fear, doubt or discouragement hold you back any longer. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can invest in yourself for a more satisfying life and I would love to help you get started. As a Certified Human Behavior Consultant and Christian Life Coach I am committed to your success. You can fulfill the destiny and purpose that God has for you – find out how now!
Renew, Refresh and Refocus Your Life: How did your past experiences shape your character in order to prepare you for your future destiny? In what way does your current job or volunteer activities line up with your personal mission? How have you been able to link the things you are passionate about with your goals?
*Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
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