BY WINSTON DAVENPORT, APRIL 16 2014
Human beings don't like being responsible for things. When something goes wrong, we notoriously try and blame someone or something outside of ourselves. A woman spills hot coffee on herself and sues McDonald's. A child falls in a swimming pool and drowns, and there is sure to be a trigger-happy prosecutor close by. We are a litigious society, and our tendency to dissuade acceptance of responsibility goes all the way back to Adam, who blamed Eve for making him eat the fruit.
So it's no surprise that we act this way when it comes to spiritual matters as well. You will always find Christians blaming their hard times and tragedies on either God or Satan. They say, "Well it must have been the Lord's will," or perhaps, "Well, the devil has just really been after me lately."
But why is it that no one ever says, "That one's my own fault!"
Jesus encouraged us to understand that both the good and the bad is a result of our own doing. He said, "Cultivate a good tree and you'll get good fruit, or cultivate a bad tree and you'll get bad fruit."
And when it came to healing, never, not a single time, did He direct the credit of healing to the will of God. He said that it was the Father's power that enabled the healing, but Jesus always said, "Your faith has made you well."
He didn't say, "Nothing is impossible when it's God's will."
He said, "Nothing is impossible to him who believes."
When it comes to creating something in your own life, Jesus explains clearly what defines the outcome. He said, "According to your faith be it unto you."
Stated another way, "Your life will produce results according to your faith" (Matthew 9:29).
Not according to God's will.
Not according to Satan's attacks.
According to your faith.
Faith is whatever you train your mind to be in agreement with. If you renew your mind into alignment with well-being, your life will begin to reflect well-being. If you allow your mind to align with fear, then the very things you're afraid of will become manifest in your life.
Whatever has come against you...whatever has you defeated...whatever mountain stands in your way...you must realize that "according to your faith it is unto you." In other words, the mountain is there because you put it there. Hard to believe?
Jesus said it.
Time and time again.
But this is good news. If you will accept that you are the one who has created the unwanted elements in your life, that lets you know that you are the one who can create something different.
In essence, your present reality is the result of your past thoughts and beliefs. And your future reality will be the results of your thoughts and beliefs today. That is encouraging!
Life is the canvas and you are the painter. It is no more difficult to paint health than sickness. It is not harder to paint joy instead of sadness. And painting prosperity is just as easy as painting poverty. So as long as God has given you the paintbrush and the easel, why not paint what you do want instead of what you don't want?
Create a future filled with blessings.
Envision life working in your favor.
Don't set low expectations because you fear disappointment. Aim higher—you have no idea what you are capable of. If God has gifted you with desires, He has also gifted you with fulfillment. And that fulfillment comes from the same source as the desire: you!
So see your desires fulfilled. By doing so, you are painting a good future on the canvas of your life. The only thing that could hinder it is you. Be careful to only paint perfection. Don't just paint a picture of today; unless, of course, today is perfect, and you would like more of today tomorrow.
The more you think about the aspects of life that you don't want, the more those aspects will manifest in your future. Don't think that by resisting the unwanted you'll become free of it. No, the focus and energy you exert toward resisting is only that: focus and energy toward the unwanted. What you're really doing is painting pictures on your canvas of the things you don't want. This only exacerbates your dilemmas. Instead, let go. Don't give your problems the time of day. Don't allow yourself to feel discouraged—that just means you're painting the wrong picture.
Created in the Father's image, you have been equipped to be a painter. Adam and Eve were told to "paint" the Garden of Eden throughout the whole world. Don't allow your problems, the "serpent," to distract you from your calling. Take five minutes each day to quiet your mind, put a smile on your face, and envision life as you want it to be—life as you know it should be. Don't be shy about your desires. Embrace them to the point where you feel such joy in your spirit that you know that you know that your desires are already fulfilled!
I promise you that "according to your faith it will be done unto you."
BY WINSTON DAVENPORT, APRIL 16 2014