Good morning! Happy Tuesday. I pray you had a blessed weekend and for those who were off on President’s Day I hope you enjoyed it.
TFTD: Watch your conditioning
Proverbs 23:7 (KJV)
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Yesterday, I heard a preacher explain why a small chain can keep an elephant bound. The question was raised, “Have you ever wondered why an elephant doesn’t just snap the chain off it’s leg and go on about its business?” The preacher went on to say that when the elephant was a baby a large heavy chain was placed around its leg. Initially the elephant tried to escape and couldn’t due to the chain. Even though the elephant eventually grew to become larger and the chain became smaller, the elephant was now conditioned to think that if it had tried to walk away the chain was too heavy for it to go any further. The elephant no longer tried to escape because it remembers its past attempts.
This thing hit me like a ton of bricks and during my morning run, God began speaking to me concerning this matter. Ask yourself,
“What have I been conditioned to believe about myself?”
What lies have become your reality? The Scripture tells us, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The elephant, although it was a large and strong creature, had become conditioned to think that it was weak and could be restrained by a chain that could easily be broken if the elephant only believed. What do you believe about yourself?
What small chain has been holding you back from your destiny? Perhaps someone told you that you would not amount to anything? Or maybe you’ve been conditioned to think that you are worthless because someone from your past treated you as such. You don’t believe in marriage because you have been conditioned to think that divorce is the answer. You don’t believe you are called to serve or lead in certain ministries because you have been overlooked and tossed aside. You don’t believe you are qualified for the promotion because you’ve never been promoted before. What small chain is keeping you bound? Don’t you know that you serve a powerful God? And the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives within you! Don’t allow your former conditioning to keep you imprisoned.
It’s time to watch your conditioning. Athletes go through a certain level of conditioning as they prepare to enter their new season. They have to surround themselves with the right type of people, eat the right type of foods, and exercise to condition their bodies and their minds for the approaching season. Before their new season begins they have to believe they are a winner. They can’t win if they don’t first believe. And they won’t believe they are a winner if their surroundings are filled with negative complaining doubters. You can’t propel to the next level if you are bound by chains from your past. It’s time to start preparing for the new season. God wants to elevate you to new heights, but He can’t get you there if you don’t believe.
Take time to seek God and examine the way you have been conditioned and ask Him to change the way you think, speak and live. Don’t end up like the elephant, a strong creature bound by his own thoughts. You are powerful. Believe that!
Have a blessed day!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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