CYCLES of faith and failure… everything is going great and then one failure turns you to mush, this is far more common than the reverse (everything going rotten and then one success).
People get “accustomed” to failing or success and then they expect the outcome, therefore people either live in a negative or positive frame of mind.
We all know them…. hear them all the time…. the NEGATIVE people, “I cant get this to work” “watch an see this is not going to work out ” “everything I do always comes out wrong” “with my luck, I’ll have to _____ AGAIN !” “nothing I ever do comes out right”
and the POSITIVE people, “no problem” “piece of cake” “today is going to be a fine day” (even though it is presently raining cats and dogs) “that’s easy, I can do that” (even though they have not a clue and have never done it before).
People just do not realize the power in their own words… Jesus said, “… believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23)
And it’s not only Christians who have power in their words, it’s EVERYBODY….. God made us this way…. we are fashioned to be like Him and (even though sin has caused us to lose our birthright) God created the heavens and the earth with just words… nothing more…. therefore our WORDS have POWER also… and we should be CAREFUL what we say. (“death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Proverbs 18:21)
The KEY VERSES for Christians who feel helpless and powerless after defeat and failure are:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You…” (Isaiah 26:3)
“…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5) ….. because negative words follow from negative thoughts….. as Christians you have the POWER to DECIDE what you will think about, but you must exercise DISCIPLINE to monitor and control your thoughts.
David knew full well the power of GOD, allowing him to do “impossible” things. “For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall” (Psalms 18:29) “Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalms 144:1)