Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
In life we have to be careful to avoid making assumptions that keep us from living fully and trusting God completely. Assumptions can be costly for our success in life. Today we will look at six common assumptions that we keep us from being successful and feeling free.
Assumption #1: "I must be competent and successful before I can be happy with myself." We must remember that God is in the process of equpping us to be competent. We are in the process of becoming who God wants us to be and He gives us joy for the journey.
Assumption #2:" It is easier to avoid certain difficulties than to face them:" We tell ourselves that just avoiding our problems will be the answer instead of confronting them, but do problems go away when we avoid them? No, problems follow us, they don't just go away. We need to seek God's strength and face our issues.
Assumption #3: "I must live life preparing for the worst." We feel like we must always anticipate the worst for every situation causing us to focus on the bad, dangerous and feared. We miss the positive things happening in our lives and like Job said: "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me," is Job 3:25.
Assumption #4: "I have been shaped by the past and it is too late to change." We must remember that our past does not get in God's way! We let it get in our way, but God is not hindered by our past mistakes, we are "new creatures in Christ!"
Assumption #5:" I have no control over my happiness:" God is very interested in our happiness, the Bible tells us so! He desires for us to have joy and to live peacefully.
Assumption #6: "It is easier to keep doing things the way I am doing them than to try things a new way." This thinking defines our future because we will keep getting what we already have. We must be willing to experience change so we c
So how do we define irrational assumptions that are keeping us from moving forward and being happy? We compare the thoughts to the Word of God and allow His word to speak directly into our lives. Its time to stop living by assumptions and live by faith!