How to Avoid Self-Destruction

You must operate in overdrive and overload on information. Produce instant results and push it to the limit or you’ll never get anywhere—this is the current attitude of our culture. As a result, people are overwhelmed, frustrated and losing control. Experiences of pressure-packed days and anxious nights develop bitterness and resentment. Others often get blamed for our troubles; the enemy gets blamed, or the worst of all—the why me attitude of self pity. The fact is that we can miss our entire lives by living this way. I've selected one passage of scripture that can change your life and the way you live it. It will help you avoid self destruction. There is, however, a disclaimer—you must read this verse with fresh eyes and not be of the “I know that already" perspective. God’s word is alive and will give a new revelation to you each time you read it if you allow it to.

Romans 8:31 says, “If God be for us, who can be against us.”

When you come to the true revelation of this verse, you will never be defeated again. As I was meditating on this passage one afternoon, it spoke to me in a way that it never had before. I said to myself, “Who really can be against me?” Can the enemy? Can people? Can circumstances? I realized that the only person who can be against me is me! We self destruct and sabotage our own lives. It’s hard to come to grips with, but it is reality. Think about that. If God the Creator is for you, how can you ever lose? Once you make the decision to agree with His Word, no force in the natural or spirit realm can stop you from overcoming—no force, that is, but you.

First John 5:4 tells us that whoever is born of God overcomes the world. Second Corinthians echoes, Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” If you take some time and meditate on Romans 8:31 and these supplementary verses, it will transform your thinking and change your life. Going about your daily business knowing that you have a powerful unseen force working for you generates self confidence. Don’t self destruct by diminishing your value or falling into self degradation.

If you are saved, you possess unlimited ability! God is for you. I don’t care if you were fired, lost your home and your car—God is still for you! The dreams in your heart were not put there by you—God knit them into being in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139). Ultimately, it is in God’s best interest that those dreams come to fruition and prosper—it’s His best method of advertisement! We do have an adversary known as the devil, but he is already defeated! In Isaiah 54:14 AMP we find that whoever stirs up strife against us will fall and surrender to us—and NO WEAPON formed against us will prosper!

Many people are defeated because of the misconception that a particular person or establishment is against them. In some situations the enemy may be working through a human being. But I love to say it this way, “You don’t know who you’re messing with!” Know that if you mess with me, you mess with my Father God; and He fights for me. I can NEVER lose! By taking the aforementioned perspective, you turn the tables on the enemy and embody the authority of Christ in you. Who can be against you?!

Practice saying the following throughout the day: God is for me. He is with me. He is on my side. Jesus Christ is in me now. No person, sickness, evil force or circumstance of any kind can be against me. God is a winner and so am I! Affirmations such as this seep into your subconscious and eradicate all negativity. A fertile breeding ground for new ideas is what your mind transforms into. You can do it! Once more, if God be for you, only you can be against you.

Be blessed friends, and have the perfect day everyday!

Psalm 138:8

—Shon Stevens is a writer and professional fitness instructor. Shon lives in Texas with her husband and two children.
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  1. at this time in my life i am truly examining myself with the self indulgence of food and why knowing what i know medically do i make unhealthy choices that cause me to gain weight. i am a christian wanting gods insight through the word of God. pray for me please.