‘Get out of the box ‘mentality. I always like to use this analogy as a way of describing how we might think of our future. Many times in life, we stay in a ‘box’ mentality where we see four walls around us, and we do all of our thinking within this cube. We don’t seem to see ourselves being successful or moving up in life beyond a certain point. But God has no limits, and He has called us to a life of freedom, excellence and expansion in Christ Jesus.
The devil can really trick us into believing that we have achieved all there is to accomplish and that there is nothing more we can do in life or in God. Sometimes people and circumstances place those limitations on us and cause us to doubt ourselves and our ability to advance in our careers, families or other areas of our lives. Unfortunately, sometimes we are our own worst enemy; we place limitations on our talents, abilities and potentials, and we undermine our ability to rise to the heights God expects of us.
Can you imagine if you decided to unlock your dreams and visons for your life, escaped from this boxed-up mentality and believed in all the possibilities that God has for you? You would truly be a world changer! “With God, nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37 NKJV). “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10 NIV). “If you have faith…you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.” (Matthew 21:21 NIV) “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 NIV). Scripture after scripture admonishes us to believe, to think and to perform at a higher level.
Most of us forget to dream, and others do not afford themselves the luxury of dreaming. We shut things down before they ever get off the ground, especially if we have dreamed before and it failed. Some people are afraid to love again because their relationships failed or they were rejected. Everything we see—relationships, career, and business opportunities—are all processed through a box of failure. Risk is completely factored out of our frame of reference, and we allow fear to cripple us.
I always talk about how my family was so low and in such a deep dark hole that as we looked up, we could only see the bottom of the earth. But, we dared to dream big. We could not do it any other way. We chose to believe what the Word of God said about us. We always saw ourselves bigger than our circumstances. Nothing in our thoughts was based on where we were in life at that time. We were in the worst rental home imaginable, where no appliance worked, and getting groceries from the church to live on, but we made a choice to pray and to believe for bigger and better things. We believed in a better future, that our bank accounts could be overflowing and that our dreams would become a reality. Faith believes the impossible can happen…and here we are today, owning two universities with one having over 29,000 students worldwide. Wow! Can God do that for you? Yes! He can!
The believer is not meant to live life out of fear. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NJV) We must reject a fear-based approach to processing life, and always have hope in spite of our circumstances. Mistakes do happen and not every outcome will meet our expectations. However, we must be confident in a good God, believing that all things will work together for our good (Romans 8:28 NKJV), and that even some of the most hurtful things that have happened to us can be redeemed (Genesis 38-48 – story of Joseph).
The Bible says that you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16 NIV), and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). The book of Proverbs teaches wisdom, give us tools to deal with life’s problems and instructions as to how to create success in your life. God has made all the tools available to us, and we can go has high as we dare to imagine (Ephesians 3:20 NIV). The question is, how high do you want to go? We have to push down those walls of fear, worry, failure etc. and take hold of what God says about us. The Word of God inspires faith (Romans 10:17 NIV). Rip the tape off your box and start believing what God is putting in your heart today!
If you would like more encouragement on scriptures to speak over your situation, you can find much more in my book called, “Firme Na Palavra”. For the story of how my family came from nothing to where we are today, you can read “Winning the Game of Life”.