Don’t underestimate the power of one time.
The first time any barrier is broken, it sets a precedent. It establishes confidence. It establishes a new standard and opens the door for ongoing future success. This can be good news or bad news.
Remember these powerful firsts…
- Your first job in your field of choice
- Your first sale
- Your first win
Each of these firsts confirmed what you already knew (because you always believed you could do it) and you just proved it. Now you have confidence.
On the other hand, what if the first is not something desirable…
- The first time you stole something
- The first time you broke a promise
- The first time you didn’t honor your word
Guess what? These firsts also create confidence. It gives sin a confident place in your life. Every time we cave in to temptation, trouble or just plain old carnal thinking, sin believes it can whip us again and becomes stronger. Thus, we set up a cycle of defeat in our lives. So are we hopeless?
Never! There is always hope through Christ.
If you’ve become used to defeat, it’s just time to set up a new first.
Let today become the first time you overcome whatever has overcome you.
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” (1 Corinthians 10:13, New Living Translation)
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