Position yourself to succeed. Often we are standing in a pool of loss when the high ground of a gain is only one step.
Rom:8:37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
A winner …. is not afraid of losing.
A loser …. is secretly afraid of winning.
2Cor:2:14: Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place..
It is always interesting to see the perennial never enough mentality of people. Our provision in life is so many times dictated by our vision.
The word provision has an interesting etymology. Pro – before Videre – to see. Literally to see beforehand.
Gen22:8: And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9: And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10: And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. 11: And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12: And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. 13: And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and
Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14: And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (The Lord Our Provider – Jehovah Jireh)
The Hebrew word, jireh, here means exactly as the Latin, provision. They are both compounds of “to see before.” The concept is that God sees what we need before we even get to the point of need and “pro-vides” it.
Winners understand the needs of life are “provided”. What about the wants?
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. John 15:7 NIV
Winners remain and position themselves to receive. Remaining in Jesus is a posture of prayer and righteousness. Our standing in Him is based on His atoning work on the cross. Dead, buried, and risen with Him, we stand in full stead as a son before the Father of the Universe. All our needs are met according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Remaining, abiding, dwelling, habituating….in His city, in His dwelling place, in the courts of our God, in the secret place places us in the constant position of protection and provision through prayer.
Like Abraham they are unafraid to take the challenge because they know that “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering.” They ultimately believe that what they need will be there when they get there.
Winners stay positioned in God, in conversation with God, and believe for victory in God.
This one will take more than one session. God really is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) God. The flip side is that winners know they can recover from any loss at any time… Next lesson…Stand Ground. Give Ground.
Can I really believe that God will pro-vide?
Am I willing to drop my belief that He will only go so far in some area and that He won’t be abundant?
Write what you are going to specifically do in the next 30 days about this.