Six Mindsets to Eliminate From Your Life, Part 2


Rid Yourself of Defeatist Thinking

Defeat isn’t in God’s vocabulary. He doesn’t create losers. Losers become losers for a lot of reasons, and one of the first things they do is let a losing, defeatist kind of thinking be a part of their lives. You have to be weaned from that. That type of thinking will produce a lot of agitation and inner turmoil.

If you don’t think you’re ever going to get promoted, if you’re always worried about whether or not you’re going to have enough bread to put on the table, or if you’re concerned whether you’re going to make it in this new business venture—that means you have negative, defeatist thinking. You’re the kind of person whose glass is half empty instead of half full. That negative, defeatist thinking is not from God.

God said you are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Carnal reasoning will tell you, “You have to measure the odds.” Yes, you need to make informed choices, but that doesn’t mean your thoughts have to be dominated with failure or potential negative outcomes. You have to be weaned of negative, defeatist thinking.

Part three—and the third mindset to wean yourself from—will be posted next Thursday.

About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

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