Summary: What we believe produces the reality, the outcome. Our attitude makes the difference.
We need to be able to prove what we believe by the way we live. The Book of James clearly states that faith without works is dead (James 2:17)
An attitude that is tuned-in with the truths of the scriptures makes a real difference. What we believe produces the reality, the outcome.
A less efficient boxer, who believes he can win, can fight a better boxer who doesn’t believe he can win, and he will win based largely upon his attitude. He may even win every time simply because he believes he will. Though he has got to have some ability, but his attitude makes the difference.
The same principle applies in being blessed and victorious before God. We’ve got to believe what God says to us. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provided us the possibility of a blessed and an overcoming life.
II Corinthians 2:14 - "Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savour of his nowledge by us in every place."
I John 5:4 - "For everything that has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith."
Take the case of the three young Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.Their attitudes made the difference. Their fearful colleagues did bow down to the great image built by King Nebuchadnezzar but these courageous young men refused to compromise their faith.
Daniel 3:16-18 - "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, ’O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to return a word to you on this mater. If it is so that our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, then He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods nor worship the golden image which you have set up."
Because of their unwavering faith and attitudes, God delivered them from a sure death.
What we believe produces the reality, the outcome. Do we believe to win or lose? Do we believe that we are victors or victims? Do we believe that we are blessed or forsaken?
Our attitude makes the difference.