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I Dare You!

We are either the masters or the victims of our attitudes. It is a matter of personal choice. Who we are today is the result of choices made yesterday. Tomorrow we will become what we chose today. In order to change we must first choose to change! Choosing to do the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, in my opinion, a recipe for insanity! To obtain a different result we are going to have to do things differently! We are going to have to stretch ourselves, step out of our comfort zones, take one attitude at a time and change where we need to make the changes. 

Change is the price we pay for progress.

The road to success is full of constant challenges. Be patient! It will take you to new heights! Know that anything worthwhile is worth waiting for, but it will also take effort, diligence, focus and strong commitment on your part!

I dare you to evaluate your present attitudes! 

This will take some time. If possible, try to separate yourself from your attitudes. The goal of this exercise is to see the bad attitude that keeps you from being more fulfilled and effective (this takes maturity). This evaluation will help you identify and confront your weakness areas. Only when we are honest with ourselves can the changes be made. The more we will do this the better we will get at it. Life has a way of souring our attitudes. However, God and His Word refreshes, moves and renews us daily by His Spirit so that we can be all that He has destined us to be. Results are the real reason for activity! As we discipline ourselves, judge ourselves by lining up our attitudes to God’s Word, we will find a new energy, new strength and a new passion to achieve our vision and bare fruit for the Kingdom of God.

I dare you to be determined!

1. Identify problem feelings. What attitudes make you feel the most negative about yourself? Usually feelings can be sensed before the problem is clarified. Write them down.

2. Identify problem behaviour. What actions cause the most problems when dealing with others? Write them down.

3. Identify problem thinking. We are the sum total of our thoughts. As a man thinks within himself, so is he. What thoughts consistently control your mind? 

4. Clarify Biblical thinking. What do the Scriptures teach about you as a person and about your attitudes? 

5. Secure the commitment to change. The question, “what must I do to change?” becomes the affirmation, “I MUST CHANGE”. Remember the choice to change is one decision that can and must be made only by you.

6. Plan and carry out your choice. Point four helps you accomplish this, by renewing your mind with the Word of God.

I dare you if have an encouraging friend (that knows you well) to enlist their help. 

Realise that faith is stronger than fear.

Jesus said in Matthew 21:21 “If you have faith and do not doubt you shall say to this mountain be taken up and cast into the sea and it shall happen”. 

If you are being attacked by fear.

I dare you to confess the Scripture that “God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind”.

1. Understand that God sees your problem. “He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5.) He is always there to call upon and a very present help in your time of trouble. He sticks closer than a brother and is a true confidante. The one in whom you can trust and rely upon. You can tell Him all your secrets and pour out your heart to Him. His eye is upon the righteous and His ear is open to their prayer.

2. Ask for a filling of confidence and love that is greater than fear. Acts 4:29 “Lord grant that your bondservants may speak your Word with all confidence”. Usually both positive and negative forces are at work in our lives at the same time. The secret is to overcome the negative by positive reinforcement of God’s Word and the positive attitudes and things that you possess.

3. Believe that God is working a miracle in your life. Acts 4:30 “Lord extend your hand to heal and let signs and wonders be done through the name of your Holy servant Jesus”. The disciples realised that what needed to be done would be a joint effort between themselves and God. Notice that they had asked first for strength to do their part and then they requested that God would make up the difference. Place the changes you seek in attitude, thinking and behaviour at the top of your prayer list, ask God to help you do what is possible to bring about effective change and then ask Him to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

4. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. “And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the Word of God with boldness”, Acts 4:31. There is a definite relationship between the filling of the Holy Spirit and boldness. You are now preparing to take a big step. 

I dare you not to be fearful or hesitant, I dare you to pray always, I dare you to rise up in the morning to honour God first place in this new day and to pray “Let thy Kingdom come” (God’s nature, God’s power, God’s character). Let your Kingdom be established in me, in my heart, my mind, my attitudes. Pray, “Father let thy will be done (not my will but let your will, the things that you desire, the things that you would have me do for you this day be done) in Jesus’ Name.”

Encouraging you to win in life, because you can through Jesus Christ.

Dr. Shaun

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