When you wake up in the morning. . .what are you thinking about?
Be mindful of Proverbs 23:7 in the New King James Version:
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he ….”
We decide how and what we want to think about and our thinking habits make up who we are.
Do you ever wonder what winners think about?
Here are seven things that you should think about today and everyday FOREVER, if you are seeking to have a winner’s mentality. It’s also a great way to have the best day possible.
One of the favorite scriptures of my wisdom mentor and dear friend, Dr. Mike Murdock, is Proverbs 4:7 which in the Amplified Bible says:
“The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).”
If you want to be a winner in life you need an insatiable hunger for wisdom.
You must want wisdom more. . .than your favorite television show.
You must want wisdom more. . .than reading your friend’s posts on Facebook or Tweets on Twitter.
You must want wisdom more. . .than watching the latest game of your favorite sports team.
You must want wisdom more. . .than anything else other than your time with the Holy Spirit who increases your wisdom.
How do you get wisdom? The same way you get anything else that you want. . .you ask for it. . .you seek it and you pursue it every day.
James 1:5 in the Amplified Bible says:
“If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.”
No surprise. . .if you don’t ask for it. . .you won’t get it.
James 4:2 in the New Living Translation says:
“. . . Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.”
Being a winner. . .in your marriage. . .family. . .job. . .investments will not just happen to you because you’re a nice person or even because you love the Lord. You must have a plan.
Proverbs 16:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
Each day is a gift to you. . .what are your plans for this precious treasure of time that God has given to you.
Do you decide to maximize your time and effectiveness?
Is your attitude. . .another day another dollar or do you have a plan to turn your finances from lack to abundance and your life from average to excellence?
If you don’t like where you are in life right now. . .chances are. . .there’s something you don’t know yet. So what’s your plan to move from where you are to where you want to be? Are you asking God daily to show you what to do next?
Proverbs 19:21 says:
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that will prevail.”
Here’s what I suggest…..
First, seek the Lord. . .his wisdom, understanding and favor.
Psalm 20:4 in the New Living Translation says:
“May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”
Next, seek out those who can best help you plan the move out of your personal wilderness into the Promised Land.
Proverbs 15:22 in the New Living Translation says:
“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.”
God is a planner. . . so should you be too. . .if you want to be a winner in every area of your life.
Winners continually think about their priorities. . .as a born-again believers we should do no less.
In fact, our priorities as a believer can be summed up in one verse.
Matthew 6:33 says:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
It’s important to note the spiritual progression of this verse. There are seven key words or groups of words.
# 1 Seek ye first
# 2 The Kingdom of God
# 3 His Righteousness
# 4 And then (after you’ve put God first)
# 5 All
# 6 These things
# 7 Shall be added unto you
The Contemporary Version of Matthew 6:33 concludes by saying: “Then the other things will be yours as well...”
When it comes to money. . .you need to think before you earn it, spend it, save it, invest it, waste it or give it.
But first, let’s cover a basic.
Money is neither good nor bad. You see, whoever controls the money determines its destiny.
If you spend your money properly, providing for your family and supporting your church, you are prospering those in God’s kingdom.
If you use your money to reach unbelievers with the gospel, you are also advancing God’s kingdom.
However, if you use your money for evil purposes, then your money works for the kingdom of darkness.
Money is letting what’s inside of you, come out.
You see, how you spend the money you have, determines whether your money does good or bad things.
When you have plenty of money, it will give you the freedom to do the good things you want to do, when you want to do them, how you want them done and for whom you want to do it.
That’s why it’s important for you to think before you spend any money. Make sure you have counted the cost.
Luke 14:28 in the New Life Version says:
“If one of you wanted to build a large building, you would sit down first and think of how much money it would take to build it. You would see if you had enough money to finish it.
As a boy, I was fascinated by “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells. The thought of traveling not only through time zones but time periods. . .intrigued me.
As I begin to celebrate each birthday after my 60th. . .I’ve become more conscious of time. . .wanting to make sure that I create memories that will last a lifetime with my fine wife Bev and our children and their children.
I think a lot more about how I use my time.
The Contemporary English Version of Psalm 90:12 says:
“Teach us to use wisely all the time we have.”
I feel this scripture in Psalms is saying that we should truly number . . . take charge of . . . and plan to use our days wisely.
Make a list each night of what you need to accomplish the next day.
Assign a priority to each task. . .and be about the business. . .avoid time distractions or people who will prevent you from achieving the things that you’ve purposed to achieve before the day ends.
In the next twenty-four hours. . .you will be given a precious gift. . .not money, gold, silver or real estate. . .but something far more valuable. . .you will be the recipient of 86,400 seconds. . .or another day of life.
The only restriction to each day that we’re given is that we must spend, invest or use every minute. There is no roll-over benefit to time.
Simply said, use each day wisely before midnight or it’s gone forever.
Look at this WOW scripture about using God’s wisdom to increase our lives. Proverbs 9:11 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“For by me [Wisdom from God] your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.”
6. Problem Solving
Everyone faces problems. . .the difference between a winner and a loser (non-winner sounds better) in life comes down to what they think about a particular problem. . .and then what they do about it.
Here are seven ways every problem solver should think.
# 1 What you think about a problem will determine whether or not. . .you believe you can solve it.
Dr. Robert Schuller once said:
“Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made.”
# 2 You must recognize you can’t solve your problems … but God can.
Are you ready for another WOW scripture?
Psalm 34:19 in the New Century Version says:
“People who do what is right may have many problems, but the Lord will solve them all.”
# 3 Take your problems to God. . .no one else. . .but God.
Psalm 142:2 in the New Century Version says:
“I pour out my problems to him; I tell him my troubles.”
Exodus 18:19 in the New International Reader’s Version:
"Listen to me. I'll give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must speak to God for the people. Take their problems to him.”
# 4 You must learn to solve small problems if you ever want to be given the opportunity to solve bigger problems. Problems are opportunities to show yourself capable.
1 Corinthians 6:2 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Don't you know that God's people will judge the world? And if you are going to judge the world, can't you settle small problems?”
# 5 Problems help you build your endurance and stick-to-itiveness.
Romans 5:3 in the New Living Translation says:
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.”
# 6 When you become a problem-solver you become more requested in the Kingdom of God and in the world.
Daniel 5:12 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“He also changed the man's name from Daniel to Belteshazzar. Not only is he wise and intelligent, but he can explain dreams and riddles and solve difficult problems. Send for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”
# 7 When you solve problems. . .you receive rewards.
Daniel 5:16 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“But I have been told that you understand everything and that you can solve difficult problems. Now then, if you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will become the third most powerful man in my kingdom. You will wear royal purple robes and have a gold chain around your neck.”
Albert Einstein said:
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
Change your way of thinking and you will solve your problems.
Here are seven keys that every winner in life masters.
# 1 Have a Never-Give-Up Attitude
Here are seven scriptural reasons why you should never think about giving up.
2 Corinthians 4:8 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up.”
Luke 18:1 in the New Living Translation says:
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.”
Romans 12:11 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord.”
Psalm 71:14 in the Contemporary English Version says:
“I will never give up hope or stop praising you.”
# 2 Never Let Your Victories Or Success Go To Your Head
Always remember. . .why you are where you are. . .and who gave you life (eternal and abundant) along with a vision for your future.
If you continually remember and honor God for what He’s done for you then you will always keep your victories in a proper and scriptural perspective.
Deuteronomy 26:11 in the New Living Translation says:
“Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. Remember to include the Levites and the foreigners living among you in the celebration.”
# 3 Never Let Failures Go To Your Heart
Over the years, sadly, I’ve had a number of people refer to themselves as failures without realizing the spiritual impact of such an incorrect confession.
Failure is an event. . .it’s not who you are.
When you try something and it doesn’t work. . .that doesn’t make you a failure. It just means you can try something else that may well work.
Have you ever used the cleaning product 409? Guess how many solutions were made that didn’t work? It took 408 combinations before coming up with just the right formula. The same thing with WD40, the Model T Ford …Models A-S did not work out. Did that make Henry Ford or any of the former entrepreneurs failures? Absolutely not!
Never internalize your lack of success or condemn yourself for trying something that didn’t work.
Dr. George Washington Carver said:
“Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.”
# 4 Never Get Hardening of the Attitude
Never give up on people or ideas.
If you try an idea. . .and it didn’t work. . .perfect it until it does work.
If someone betrays your confidence. . .don’t give up on people. . .ask your Heavenly Father to give you a godly friend.
If something doesn’t work. . .keep trying to find something that will.
Keep your attitude positive. . .your persistence steadfast and never allow the enemy to harden your heart to the possibilities of success. . .God is sending your way.
# 5 Never Allow Your Spirit To Become Anemic
The best way to keep your attitude fresh, vibrant, positive and full of life. . .is by spending time in the Word and in His presence.
If you get mentally drained. . .feeling lifeless. . .you have unlimited access to the greatest energy drink of all time. . .the Holy Spirit.
When you’re feeling anemic. . .you need a fresh transfusion of the power in the blood.
# 6 Never Think You Did It Alone
This is one key you don’t even have to think about. If it weren’t for God. . .you would not be thinking, breathing or even living.
Always remember, who gives you what you’ve got.
Romans 12:3 in the Message Bible says:
“I'm speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it's important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”
Always remember who gave you the opportunity to be successful.
2 Corinthians 2:12 in the New Living Translation says:
“When I came to the city of Troas to preach the Good News of Christ, the Lord opened a door of opportunity for me.”
# 7 Never doubt for a moment. . .that He’s thinking about you and your success.
I want you to plant this thought deeply in your heart . . . God is thinking about YOU.
You may have felt that nobody knew you were alive. Maybe that includes your family. . .but that’s just not true . . . because God, your Heavenly Father, is thinking about you.
Psalm 40:17 in The Living Bible says:
“I am poor and weak, yet the Lord is thinking about me right now!”
There is not one soul living on planet earth that God does not know about. You are here for a purpose. Can somebody shout “Hallelujah?”
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