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The Blessed Attitude (4 of 21)
Series: The Promise of a Sound Mind
Many things in life are outside of our control. Life throws us many curves. Hardships befall us. People in our lives may be difficult. There are so many opportunities for failure, but only few opportunities for success. The real question is, do our circumstances determine our success or failure.
The answer is a resounding, No!
How is it that two children can be raised in the same difficult living conditions and environment, yet one will rise above it, and the other will become a victim who carries their negative experiences into the next generation? The opposite is also true. How is it that two kids can be raised in a nurturing environment, but one will become bitter and the other will thrive in life?
The truth is that no one has a perfect nurturing environment. People who have a good life can always find negative things to focus on, and people raised in a cruel world can find good and climb out of the cycle of failure. What is the key that opens the door to a good course for our lives?
Things will enter each of our lives we cannot control, but one thing we can control is our own attitude. And our attitude is the blueprint for how we build our lives in the world in which we live. This is by God's design.
The Lord has promised two things we can anchor our hopes upon.
One is that God promises He will not allow us to endure more than we can bear. This promise is regarding temptation from without. God does not promise He will not allow us to self-destruct. If we are determined to find the bad in life and are determined to milk negativism for all it's worth, God will not stop us. God doesn't protect us from our own rebellion, but He does protect us from the evils around us. When I say protect, it is our hearts that are protected.
What's more, the Bible says to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. This means we have unlimited strength if ...
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