By Oke Chinye
Read: Numbers 13:1-31
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
f you are on a surface and need to be pulled up by someone to a higher ground, the person pulling you up must be on that higher level. You cannot be pulled up by someone on the same level as you; you can only be dragged sideways. In much the same way, for us to get to a higher level in life, our mindsets must first get to that level. It is difficult to attain a level that the mind has not captured. Your mind or mindset must change and rise to a higher level and then it wills your body towards attaining that level. What your mind captures, your body eventually aligns to. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is quoted as saying to be successful, you must think big, act big and talk big. It always begins with the mind.
Your mind is powerful. “Your thoughts influence your emotions, your emotions influence your beliefs, your beliefs influence your decisions, your decisions influence your actions. Your actions influence your outcomes in life and your outcomes again influence your thoughts”. It’s a vicious circle. For things to change, you must change, and the change must begin from inside. This principle applies not only to achieving success but also to changing an unhelpful behaviour or habit. You must see yourself in the light of the new habit you are desirous of adopting.
When asked to spy the land which God was giving them, the children of Israel saw themselves as grasshoppers. Their thoughts had a huge influence on their beliefs which evoked fear in them, leading them to say: “we are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we” (Numbers 13:31). Only Joshua and Caleb believed differently. They ended up being the only ones amongst the spying lot to enter the promised land.
The greatest disability of a man is the mind and not the body. Your mind can be your greatest tool for success or your biggest weapon for failure. Guess what? “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right” (Henry Ford).
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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