Are you in the middle of a challenging time, right now? Are the voices in your head determined to convince you that, this time, your situation is going to get the best of you? Don’t despair. Take these steps and you’ll “4C “ your way to victory:
- Confront it
Now is not the time to bury your head in the sand. At some point, you will need to come up for air and, when you do, your situation will still be there. So don’t run from it. I once heard someone say, “You can’t conquer what you won’t confront.” So face it, head on. Decide that failure is not an option. Never underestimate the power of your decision to win.
- Commonize it
Whatever the challenge, realize that you are not the first person to ever face it. You’re not the first person who has ever felt anxious about a new job. You’re not the first person to hear a threatening diagnosis. You’re not the first person to score poorly on an exam, make a mistake, say something you wish you could un-say, hit a tough spot in your marriage, have an argument with a friend, get a divorce or experience the loss of a loved one. So remember, you’re not out to make history but, you can decide right now that, you will get the victory.
- Convert it
Once you’ve confronted and “common-ized” your challenge, it’s time to convert it. To “convert” something means to change it into another form, substance or state. For example, it’s virtually impossible to swallow a baseball-sized cube of ice, but if you place it in a glass and give it some time, you’ll have a refreshing drink of water sooner than you think. Your situation is not impossible, it just needs to be converted. Just as the giant ice cube incubates in the glass to become water, you need to encase your situation with the Word of God so that it becomes your victory. Now you are changing the form, substance and state of the situation. Instead of it being a problem to deal with, you’re changing it’s substance into a promise to stand on. Take that fear problem and incubate it in II Timothy 1:7 or Psalms 91:5 and know that you “haven’t been given a spirit of fear.” Take that first day on the new job and encase it in Philippians 4:13 so you “can do all things.“Have you been given a daunting diagnosis? Soak the situation in I Peter 2:24 and call yourself, “healed.”
- Conquer it
Now, speak the promise. Mediate that word regarding your situation. Make those promises personal. Speak to yourself. Tell yourself,
“John, You can do all things…” or “Kathy, God hasn’t given you a spirit of fear…” “Sarah, By His stripes you ARE HEALED.” You see, God’s promises are true, but they are not automatic. You have a “say” as to whether or not they become a reality in your life. So, SAY IT! Say it! Say it! This is key: Say it to yourself over and over again until it saturates your spirit, permeates your mind and becomes more real on the inside of you than that situation is on the outside of you. If you’ll stick with it and not give up, soon enough, the promise you’re standing on will overtake the problem you were facing. Have you hit a rough spot in life? You’re not to worry. If you’ll follow these instructions and decide to settle for nothing less than a glorious outcome, you’ll “4C” your way to victory every time.
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