Close your eyes.
If you are reading this your eyes aren’t closed, are they?
That’s okay. I have one or two other instructions.
When you close your eyes, I want you to imagine you when you have reached all your goals. Imagine a totally successful you.
Get a good picture of what you look like. Just get used to that you.
Also get a sense of what you feel like. Hang on to the image in your mind and how you feel.
So I am going to join you in the exercise. Take time to really see and feel a totally successful you. Meet you back here in five minutes.
How was that for you? Were you able to see and feel a totally successful you? That look and feeling is what you need to project to the world everyday.
The rational part of your mind is already arguing with me, isn’t it? So let me talk to your rational mind for a minute.
Rational mind, you were created as part of a package that God intended to be successful.
You have a God ordained purpose.
It was decided before you were born. Nothing can keep you from achieving your purpose, if God has ordained it.
Nothing except you.
You can hold back and not realize your purpose. But no one and nothing else can spoil what God has planned.
Let’s start with verses that prove that God has a plan for you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:13-18 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
It’s a fact.
God has a plan for you.
It is good. Claim that even before it shows up in your life.
Now I want to tell you a story that has a lesson for you and me. You may know this story but I love to tell stories, so humor me. The story comes from 1 Samuel 17.
The future king of Israel was only a shepherd boy at the time of my story.
But David had already been anointed king. God had already chosen him to succeed King Saul.
As a shepherd, David had killed wild animals to protect the flock. He had proven himself to be a warrior.
But I don’t think it was David’s experience with wild animals or his understanding of being anointed king that gave David confidence in the unique situation he found himself in.
David’s father had called him in from herding the sheep to send him to take provisions to his brothers who were with the army of Israel. David’s father wanted to know how his sons were doing. So he sent his youngest son.
When David arrived where Israel’s army was encamped, he found a frightened, cowering army. The Philistine army had a champion, a giant named Goliath, who proposed a terrifying challenge. Goliath was challenging the Israelite’s to send one of their army out to fight him. The winner’s side would win the war; the loser’s side would lose the war and serve the other side.
Everyone was sure that no one could beat Goliath.
Everyone except David. He accepted Goliath’s challenge, even though his brothers and King Saul thought that he wasn’t able to win.
David’s brothers chided him.
Have you ever had family and friends tell you that you don’t know what you are doing. We all have at least one memory of a comment from someone whose opinion matters to us. Someone who said, you can’t do this. What are you thinking? What a fool you are to even try.
They used different words probably but the effect was to shake your confidence.
David had a confidence that could not shake his faith in what he knew he could do.
You need that kind of confidence.
King Saul tried to equip David with his spear, shield and armor.
David tried them and refused them because they weren’t what worked for him. He refused to be weighed down by tools that he had never used.
Have you tried to use the tactics of others only to find that they didn’t work for you? I have. It is your business. You should be the one to decide how you will build it. You need to find and use the tools and tactics that work for you.
David confidently walked out to challenge Goliath with with five stones and a slingshot. He had used, tried and tested that weapon; he knew it would work for him.
David was confident in spite of the lack of faith those around him had in his ability to conquer Goliath.
David was taking the weapon he had tried; but David’s confidence wasn’t in his ability.
His confidence was in God.
The prophet Samuel described David as “a man after God’s own heart.” I believe David came to be that man as he spent time alone with God while he was watching the sheep. He wrote many of the Psalms and he clearly had a faith that sets him apart from the crowd.
David’s confidence facing the evil giant Goliath came from spending time with God. He had been writing and singing affirmations like these:
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.”
3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
4 I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
6 I will not fear though tens of thousands
assail me on every side.
7 Arise, Lord!
Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.
8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.
A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David.
1 I will exalt you, Lord,
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
2 Lord my God, I called to you for help,
and you healed me.
3 You, Lord, brought me up from the realm of the dead;
you spared me from going down to the pit.
4 Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people;
praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 Lord, when you favored me,
you made my royal mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face,
I was dismayed.
8 To you, Lord, I called;
to the Lord I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me;
Lord, be my help.”
11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
Lord my God, I will praise you forever. NIV
There are more Psalms of David. As you are growing your faith in what God wants to do in you and for you, the Psalms would be a good place for you to be. Read one or two a day and find Psalms that resonate with your heart. Claim them for your daily walk.
As you spend time with the Psalms, write your own affirmations. Those will be the best ones for you.
In the meantime, use this Prayer and Affirmation:
Father God, God of David, God of Jeremiah, you know me. You have a perfect plan for my life. You want good and not evil for me. Teach me to rest in that truth. Lead me in trusting You and Your plan for me. Build my confidence in You. Draw me closer in my relationship with You. In Jesus name, Amen.
I stand before my terrifying giant _____________________________ [making phone calls, doing a Facebook Live, making a presentation in front of people]; I recognize as lies the negative comments that have discouraged me; I embrace God’s plan for me; I boldly step out to engage the future and carry out God’s plan for me; I celebrate what God has for me in the future.
Remember, that affirmations are to be worded in present tense, as if what we are working toward is already reality.
The prayer is directed toward God.
The affirmation is directed toward our brain and aligns our thinking with what is God’s will. That makes it important to base our prayers and affirmations on the Word of God.
Your feedback is important to me. Your positive comments are an encouragement; but your critique is vital to helping me improve. Thank you for both.