Are You Determined or Desperate?

Desperate times call for desperate measures. For some people this is their reality. They can only depend on themselves. They have to create their own success at all cost. They believe anything goes; all is fair in love and war. They trample everyone who stands in the way of their goals. The devil has created this lie—the life of desperation—as a set up for failure. People who live in desperation look back to find nothing but empty, unfilled lives.

Out of your distress call upon the Lord; the Lord answered and set you free and in a large place. ~ Palms 118:5 (Amplified)

You are made in the image of God—love, righteousness, and peace. God gave us the unconscious, but irresistible desire to have these things. He loved you so much that He did not leave the desired unfulfilled; He is the source. He supplied you with love, righteousness, and even peace. If you are not connected to God, there will be a void. You begin searching to fill the void with things that can never satisfy you. The things obtained through self-effort only magnify your inadequacies. The void becomes larger, the search more aggressive. The devil binds you in a mental stronghold of discontentment and despair. Your thoughts are tangled with failure and negativity. As you focus on those things, they become a reality in your life. As a man thinks in his heart so is he ~ Psalms 23:7. The devil wants to isolate you in a dark, lonely place. He wants to keep you ignorant of the light of God’s love. The devil knows you do have love, righteousness, and peace, but he doesn’t want you have the knowledge. God never created you to be alone. He says that He will never leave nor forsake you ~ Hebrews 13:5. God also created you to connect with others for support and encouragement. Everything that God established, the devil tries to distort. The devil plants small seeds of fear, loneliness, and despair. If these seeds grow, you will begin to believe you are running out of time, you will always be alone, or you will never fulfill your destiny. The life of desperation will become your reality.

Satan tries to block the power of God working in your life so you live defeated and cannot share the power of God’s love with others. The devil tries to steal your knowledge of God’s power and replace it with chaos, fear, and worry. He wants to destroy your peace and victory. Seeing your situations from an emotional state of mind causes you to act out of desperation. Emotions are temporary, irrational, and deceptive. Emotional decisions are ineffective and dangerous. Successful, life producing decisions—small and large—are made with the knowledge of God’s promises, not emotions. A chaotic mind cannot hear from God; God is peace. Peace and chaos, nor clarity and confusion can occupy the same space.

The importance of training your thought life was discussed in How to Become Wealthy in 40 Days (click here). Your focus will determine your success or failure. Focusing and meditating on God’s promises for your life will make your faith stronger. Faith knows you are victorious, you are successful, and you are more than a conqueror no matter your current circumstances. Your mind operates in a state of peace when you stand in faith. Determination is fueled by faith. Increase your faith with the knowledge and belief:


  • God loves you with an unconditional everlasting love ~ Romans 8:35-39
  • You are the righteousness of God ~ Philippians 3:9
  • You have the peace of God—nothing missing, nothing broken—in your life ~ Philippians 1:2

A father’s love is protective. Fathers would give their children the world if they could; they want to see their children live happy and successful lives. Our Father in heaven wants the same thing for His children and has the power to make it come to pass. God orchestrated your destiny from the beginning of time because of His love for you. God wants His power working in your life, because you are a demonstration of His power. God’s power can do amazing things in your life that you would never be able to do on your own. God will make the impossible a reality in your life. When others see God working in your life they will want what you have. Demonstrating God’s power and love is more effective than telling people.

God has a great life for you; His promises should drive your determination. Begin meditating on the Word of God. His power will take over your situation; He will give you a plan to become successful. God will add His supernatural abilities to your natural abilities. He will cause men to show you favor and opportunities to intersect with your preparation. God wants do the impossible in your life, all He asks is you trust Him.

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