Circumstances don’t determine success.
“Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.” Proverbs 4:23 MSG
You were made for Jesus first.
“But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 NLT
“You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.” 2 Corinthians 11:4 NLT
✓ A different Jesus.
✓ A different Spirit.
✓ A different Gospel.
“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 1:12 NLT
“A gang of cynics can upset a whole city; a group of sages can calm everyone down.” Proverbs 29:8 MSG
1. I surrender to the authority of God’s Word.
“God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 MSG
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.” — Reinhold Niebuhr
“Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how.“ Luke 9:23 MSG
2. I affirm who I am in Christ.
“My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Psalms 45:1 NASB1995
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” Proverbs 3:3 NASB1995
3. I am grateful to God.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
4. I am prayerfully expectant.
“Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”” Matthew 19:26 NLT