Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! I have always maintained that outside God, the next force that determines your rating in your generation is your mind. You win or loose the battles of life based on what goes on in your mind. Stinking thinking will produce a stinking life.
Real satanic attack is the dream of the night. The easiest way the devil attacks people is by painting pictures in their minds while they’re sleeping. If you see yourself in a terrible accident while sleeping, the problem is not the dream, but the picture of death the devil succeeded in planting into your mind.
Haven’t you seen people who said that their dreams usually come to pass whether good or evil? It is the fear that comes from meditating on the dream that kills people. Whatever you think about all the time will become your own self-fulfilling prophecy! So if you can cancel the dream, and delete the pictures in your mind through consistent confession of God’s Word, you will overcome it. That’s why Saint Paul talked about casting down imaginations.
David J. Schwartz shared this interesting analogy. “Your mind is a “thought factory.” It’s a busy factory, producing countless thoughts in one day. Production in your thought factory is under the charge of two foremen, one of whom we will call Mr. Triumph, and the other Mr. Defeat.
Mr. Triumph is in charge of manufacturing positive thoughts. He specializes in producing reasons why you can, why you’re qualified, why you will. The other foreman, Mr. Defeat, produces negative, depreciating thoughts. He is an expert in developing reasons why you can’t, why you’re weak, why you’re inadequate. His speciality is the “why-you-will-fail” chain of thoughts.
Both Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat are intensely obedient. They snap to attention immediately. All you need do to signal either foreman is to give the slightest mental beck and call. If the signal is positive, Mr. Triumph will step forward and go to work. Likewise, a negative signal brings Mr. Defeat forward.
To see these two foremen work for you, try this example. Tell yourself, “Today is a lousy day.” This signals Mr. Defeat into action, and he manufactures some fact to prove you are right. He suggests to you that it’s too hot or it’s too cold, business will be bad today, sales will drop, other people will be on edge, you must get sick, your wife will be in a fussy mood.
Mr. Defeat is tremendously efficient. In just a few moments he’s got you sold. It is a bad day. Before you know it, it is a heck of a bad day. But tell yourself, “Today is a fine day,” and Mr. Triumph is signaled forward to act. He tells you, “This is a wonderful day. The weather is refreshing. It’s good to be alive. Today you can catch up on some of your work.” And then it is a good day.
In like fashion Mr. Defeat show you why you can’t sell Mr. Smith; Mr. Triumph will show you that you can. Mr. Defeat will convince you that you will fail, while Mr. Triumph will demonstrate why you will succeed. Mr. Defeat will prepare a brilliant case against Tom, while Mr. Triumph will show you many reasons why you like Tom.
Now the work you give either of these two foremen, the stronger he becomes. If Mr. Defeat is given more to do, he adds personnel and takes up more space in your mind. Eventually, he will take over the entire thought-manufacturing division, and virtually all thought will be of a negative nature.
The only wise thing to do is fire Mr. Defeat. You don’t need him. You don’t want him around telling you that you can’t, you’re not up to it, you’ll fail, and so on. Mr. Defeat won’t help you get where you want to go, so boot him out!
Use Mr. Triumph one hundred percent of the time. When any thought enters your mind, ask Mr. Triumph to go to work for you. He will show you how you can succeed. He will tell you between now and tomorrow, 11,500 new customers would have made their grand entry into your nation. New industries, new scientific breakthroughs, expanding markets- all spell opportunity. This is good news. This is a most wonderful time to be alive!”
Dear friend, between Mr. Triumph and Mr. Defeat, who is working for you? You don’t even need to tell me, all I have to do is to follow you around for one month, and I will find out whom you have employed from these two foremen. If you’re always thinking defeat, failure, tragedy, frustration, poverty, struggles, and sickness, it’s obvious you employed Mr. Defeat to work for you.
Dear friend, the quality of your thought will always determine the quality of your life. The picture of your thought is the picture of your future. If I can get the picture of your mind, I can accurately predict your future. Poverty is not the absence of money, it is the condition of your mind. People are poor not because they don’t have money, but because of the way they think.
Your thought will always produce your placement in life. Fire Mr. Defeat immediately! Think big! Think smart! Think possibilities! Believe you are destined for greatness! Think success! Always remember that, as a man thinks in his heart, so is he! Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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