A thought by Craig Groeschel from his book, Altar Ego: Becoming Who God Says You Are (p. 58). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Some of you really need this today. You are getting real close to feeling like a victim but you haven’t crossed that line yet.
Maybe you have some of these thoughts floating around in your head. You haven't taken them as the truth yet but you are close.
“Everybody else always gets the breaks. Nothing ever goes right for me.”
“My marriage stinks. It’s never going to get any better because my spouse is always going to be a jerk.”
“Ugh! I’m just never going to get married. Everybody calls it Valentine’s Day; what they should call it is Singles’ Awareness Day. Table for one, please!”
“I’m always going to be overweight. I might as well just give up and keep eating.”
“Nothing I’ve tried works; I’m never going to get over this addiction.”
“I don’t care what anybody says, I’m never going to be able to forgive them for what they did to me.”
Craig says, “Do you know what kind of thoughts those are? Victim talk. And are you a victim? Well, are you? If you’re a Christian, then you are not a victim. Through the power of the risen Christ, you are a victor. So put your foot down. Draw a line in the sand. Stop that self-defeating mindset in its tracks, once and for all. You know who you are in Christ…You vanquish the enemy. You’re not just an overcomer; you’re more than an overcomer.”
Ok, you got that? If you’re a Christian you are a victor, you’re not just an overcomer, you’re more than an overcomer.
He goes on, “When negative thoughts bombard my mind, I quote 2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5: ‘Though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’”
He continues, “Demolish. That’s a great word, isn’t it? That’s not just squeaking by. That’s not just barely beating those thoughts. That means total, absolute, complete destruction. That means that you take that negativity, you lift it up over your head, you bring it crashing to the ground, and you crush it into rubble. Demolish it!”