Fresh Hope – 29th July 2019

In Matthew 28:18 Jesus said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’. We are then told, in Ephesians 2:6, ‘For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus’. Through Jesus we have the same authority that Jesus walked in. We are ‘seated with Him’, and united with Him. This means we are POWERFUL people. We aren’t victims to life.

As a teacher of Art, I often see students comparing their skill set to the person next to them. They get discouraged with their art piece and begin using language like, ‘It’s too hard’ or ‘I can’t do that’. I have banned the ‘I can’t’ phrase in my classroom! Why? Because this language is rooted in powerlessness!

The driving force behind someone who is powerless is anxiety and fear. They live believing that most things and people are more powerful than them. They are positioned as the victim, the tail, and not the head. This is wrong because it is contrary to our position in Christ.

For the powerless person, life always seems on top of them. There is always a problem, and never a solution. Often they feel they need other people to protect them, do jobs for them, make them happy, and be responsible for them.

People with a victim mentality don’t have the capacity to give, because they believe they don’t. They will look for what they can take, and they struggle to own their own mistakes.

On the flip side, a powerful person knows that they cannot control others, and know their job is to manage themselves. They create the world in which they want to live. Life doesn’t just happen to a powerful person. A powerful person makes conscious choices that set up life for them. They aren’t driven by what is going on around them, they set the climate for what is going on around them. They understand that they have control over their emotions and heart. They choose to love and be the bigger person, not swayed by emotion. They are responsive, not reactive. They know who they are in God, and operate from a mind-set of victory, not defeat.

God has made us powerful people. Let’s live like it. Change the way you think and see who you really are as a child of God. It is an on-going process of letting go of a victim, powerless mind-set, and embracing your true identity! Ask God in what areas of your life you are living under a powerless, victim mind-set.

Emma Burchell

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