Unshackle Your Mind

Daily Devotional

John 5:6-7 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

The greatest hindrance to receiving our breakthroughs is that of being shackled in our minds. The consequence of that is that we end up doing the opposite of what is most needed to bring the results that we want to see. Examples include:

  1. Thinking small, when what is needed is to think big. 
  2. Acting in a manner that is destructive to maintaining relationships, when we need cooperation to get to the next stage. 
  3. Additionally, we find ourselves being overly busy doing things that are less important, when what is required of us is taking the time to complete a divine instruction. 

In what way are you shackled in your mind? It’s time to break free.

The lame man that was at the pool at Bethesda for 38 years was there that long only because he was shackled in His mind. Jesus asked him in John 5:6 “wilt thou be made whole?” What Jesus was asking the man was do you really want to be made whole? He should have been healed already. In response to the question that Jesus asked, the man gave the excuse that he was not healed because he was lame and as a result someone else would always go ahead of him into the pool when the angel troubled the water. The real reason he was still there was not so much his physical disability, but more so the limitations he placed on himself, in his mind. To unshackle his mind, his beliefs had to change.  Jesus challenged him to believe that “he could take up his bed and walk?” He chose to believe and was immediately made whole. Choose to believe the opposite of what has kept you back for years.

Life Application: Unshackle your mind by Identifying and listing all the thoughts that have kept you back from fulfilling your promise and purpose. Start with the excuses you frequently make and correct them by choosing to believe opposite truths hidden in God’s words.  

Prayer: Lord, break every negative self talk I have declared over my life. I declare that I am an overcomer. In Jesus name, amen.

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