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How to Win the What-If Game

A Year in the Spiritual Life... Discover Your Purpose: How to Win the What-If Game


How to Win the What-If Game

The What-If Bully

There are moments when we all struggle with the "what ifs" in life. We wrestle with them like bad WWE characters and wonder will I ever truly defeat this doubt? 

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That is what the "what ifs" are: workout sessions with doubt. Doubt comes down to this one thing: a lack of faith. Rather than building our faith "muscles" we are letting doubt grow larger: like a body builder on steroids. 

"What if I got that job, would I then be able to pay all my bills?" 

"What if he loved me? Would that make me happy?"

"What if I write a blog, or a book and no one reads it? Will that mean I am a failure?" 

See, we all play the what if game. 

We let doubt pull us into a wrestling match, and soon we are pinned to the mat wondering why our lives never seem to go anywhere? Sometimes the pin comes so fast we are left dazed and wondering "what just happened?" 


We have to stand up. If we can't stand on our own right away, we have to tag team. Call a friend who will listen to you just long enough to get angry at the enemy, then let them pray for you and encourage you. Don't have a friend like that? Then call pastor or get into see a Christian counselor. Better yet, go to the Counselor, the Holy Spirit and let Him tap in. 

When God goes to work on your behalf, watch out! 

Now it is ON! 

We are made to be conquerors and the Bible is clear: 

"Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."   Ephesians 6:11-13 

We need to learn to put on the armor, piece by piece so we can begin to understand who we really are. We are the righteousness of God in Christ. We are saved by grace through faith and we know the truth- that most freeing truth- that once we are bought by the blood of the Lamb of God, there is nothing that could rip us out of the hand of our Redeemer unless we let it. 

So when you feel the "what ifs" begin to crowd in, circling like a big bald guy with a bad tattoo, then you need to remind him who he is facing. 

Like David you tell your enemy what lies in store for him. Come in the name of the Lord, in faith believing, 
"that the Lord saves not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s" 
and He will deliver you out of your enemies clutches. 

I will be sharing in the coming week more on the Armor of God and I hope you will begin to recognize that the enemy of doubt is a defeated foe and you are more than the sum of your parts when you belong to God!  


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