That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers." - Psalm 1:3 (NIV)
Have you ever binge-watched an entire season of a show in one sitting? I remember doing that with the first season of the show, Iron Fist, a few years ago.
In episode 6, one of the characters asked Danny, the Iron Fist, "Why are you so confident?" His response was so insightful that I often think about it.
"I have a vision of total victory and nothing else," he said. "Defeat has no place in my mind. It isn't confidence, doubt leads to death."
Danny was about to take on a challenge that he trained his whole life to accomplish. He believed that doubt was a weakness that could cost him his life. In his mind, there was no room for doubt—only success.
Imagine if we took on that mindset of total victory (because when we chose to follow God, we already won) and trusted God completely with our lives.
1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
God called you out of darkness to walk with Him. He also provided you with a 66-volume blueprint (the Bible) to show you how to achieve eternal salvation, grow closer to Him, and be successful on earth.
Just like the Iron Fist had his challenge, living according to God's will is our challenge. When we let doubt enter our minds, we begin to stumble.
Doubt is contagious. It opens the door for worrying, fear, and death to the fulfillment of God's will for your life.
Nothing good ever comes from doubt, but Satan often uses it to make us question God.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan caused Eve to doubt that God knew what was best. She got distracted by something that appeared to be good but wasn't.
Her lack of focus on total victory with God caused sin and death to enter the world.
If you want to win your battles and step into all that God has for you, learn to recognize doubt when it shows up. It's okay to have questions but bring them to God.
He will show you that He is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do.
"Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers." - Psalm 1:1-3
The Iron fist meditated every day so that he could focus on achieving his task. God wants us to meditate daily on His word so we can produce good fruit in our lives.
You may not have a fist made of iron or a superpower, but you do have The Word of God, which is the most powerful weapon there is. It will help you get through tough times, win spiritual battles, and not deviate from your purpose.
Here are four tips to help you spend time with God:
1. Pick a time.
Whether it's ten minutes, a half-hour, or an hour, pick a time of day to spend time with God and stick to it. If you want uninterrupted quiet time, a good trick is to get up earlier than everyone else.
God desires for us to have a personal and growing relationship with Him. Through prayer, we can talk to God freely. Praise Him, thank Him, ask Him, and confess to Him. Talk to God, and listen to what He wants to say to you.
3. Find a Bible plan.
Using a Bible plan can help guide your Bible reading. The YouVersion app is a great app to find Bible plans based on your interest, but you can use Google to find Bible plans too.
4. Journal your thoughts and prayers.
As you're reading the Word, write down your thoughts and ideas. Write down verses that stick out to you and questions you may have. When you look back through your journals, you'll be reminded of God's faithfulness in a season of your life and answered prayers.
Staying grounded in the Word of God will help you take on a mindset of total victory. Fight doubt with God's truth!
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