Break Free of Opinions And Limiting Mindsets

Limiting MindsetsGod has called you for a purpose and to have a greater influence than you have now.

You are destined to be a history maker. You have promises that God has given you personally, that are close to your heart, like this one:

‘The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.’ (Isaiah 61:1)

The Holy Spirit is stirring you. With the eye of faith, you can see doors opening—perhaps the opportunities are already beginning to come your way.

And yet, you are aware that there is something holding you back.

Maybe you thought it was an external thing. Perhaps you believed that the actions and opinions of others could hinder your progress. But they cannot hold you—it is not that, after all. The binding that threatens to hold you back is your own belief about who you are and what you are capable of.

It is a limiting mindset, and right now, the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it.

How to Break off that Limiting Mindset: 5 Lessons from David

A limiting mindset consists of a set of beliefs about who we are, our value, and what we are capable of. This belief system creates an invisible restriction around our life.

Young David’s brothers voted him ‘the least likely to be significant.’ He wasn’t present at the family role call the day that the Prophet Samuel came calling. But Samuel, having the eyes of the Lord, knew when he saw David that he was looking upon the future King of Israel. (1 Sam 16:11-13)

David was belittled by his older brother on the day he first saw Goliath, (1 Sam 17:28) and pursued by King Saul as an outlaw. And yet in God’s due time he stepped, unhindered, into his destiny.

Here are 5 things we can learn from David’s life that can help us break and live free of our own limiting mindsets and the opinions of others, and live from our God-given identity and destiny.


1. See yourself from God’s standpoint.

David did not allow the viewpoint of people to impact his view of himself or what he was capable of. He was empowered and anointed by the Holy Spirit—and he believed what God said about him.

David kept sheep for his father, but his role did not define him. God’s word and the anointing of the Holy Spirit defined him.

Are you seeing yourself as you were in the past? Is that past picture like a freeze-frame that keeps floating in and out of your consciousness?

It’s time to renounce that limiting picture of who you are. Be intentional about seeing yourself as Father sees you. Get it as clear as you can. Then, camp there—don’t just visit it occasionally. 


2. Receive and Believe the Anointing

‘So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David.’ (1 Sam 16:13)

David received the anointing and he believed the anointing. Then, he acted upon it. He knew that the anointing on his life would take the enemy down when he faced Goliath.

What has God anointed you to do? The anointing of God is not some nebulous, undefinable thing. You are anointed for purpose and on purpose.

After the Holy Spirit came upon Him at His baptism, Jesus was able to stand up in the synagogue and describe His anointing and His mission: (Luke 4:18)

See yourself as anointed and appointed. Even when you are not yet certain what that means, you can still operate according to the revelation that you have.


3. Understand what Time it is.

David didn’t go from the anointing to knock on Saul’s door and take the crown. He acted in the anointing when he was taking care of sheep—destroying the lion and bear that threatened the flock. (1 Sam 17:34-37)

He moved in the worship anointing while he was in the fields, even before Saul called him in to play the harp.

Even when it is not time for the ultimate fulfilment of your calling, it is always time to live according to your God given identity and grow in grace in the anointing God has placed on you in your current context.


4. Obstacles are there for you to Knock Down

David defended his sheep from the lion and the bear. (1 Sam 17:34-37)

Know that anything the enemy throws in your way cannot hinder your progress. It is bread to strengthen you for your destiny. (Num 14:9)


5. Give Yourself Permission to Dream and Imagine big.

The only influence a limiting mindset or negative opinion has over you is the power you give permission to. Cancel your permission to think small. What you see with your minds eye, and your physical eyes, matters.

David already had a picture of Goliath slain and the battle won, and was able to describe clearly what he saw. (1 Sam 17:46) God spoke to Abraham saying, ‘look at the stars, that’s how numerous your descendants will be!’ (Gen 15:5)

God has gifted us with an imagination and we can use it to picture ourselves functioning in His anointing and doing what He has called us to do—whether in a ministry role, in relationships, vocation or in everyday life.

It doesn’t matter if you do not know exactly what that will look like. Give God something to work with—and like the potters clay He will shape your vision as it is surrendered to Him, and use it to move you towards His purposes.


Related Posts:

Live from the Overflow of Father God’s Approval

Break the Scarcity Mindset with this Revelation

 Breaking Free from an Orphan Mindset


Do you have a testimony about breaking free of other people’s opinions, limiting mindsets, or keys for breakthrough you would like to share? Leave a comment in the comments box – if this is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


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19 thoughts on “Break Free of Opinions And Limiting Mindsets

  1. Nonhlanhla Masina

    Hi Helen
    I just got to know about your blog a few months ago & Im so blessed, matured by everything you post. Since Im called into the prophetic ministry, your blog has become my institution for whatever question I have concerning the ministry Im sure to get my answer from you. May the good shine His face upon you always & give more insight. Blessings & love from South Africa

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Nonhlanhla, so good to hear from you, I’m glad the blog has been a help, and let me know if you have any particular questions about prophetic ministry – if I haven’t already written about it, it’s a great way for me to gain ideas on what to write about!
    Blessings to you from Down Under, Australia 🙂

  3. Andrea Savoia - Adams

    Too many people limit themselves from thinking outside of the box.. Abstract thinking. That’s where it lies.. Not cooped up inside. God did give us imagination.. Which therefore leads to vision. And when we can finally clearly see that vision with our minds eye… Like I have always told my children.. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! The power of the mind is very real.. And we’re talking about God here. The Great I Am. Creator of all things.. How could we not believe that the impossible is so very possible.. All things are possible to those who believe.. And with God!! Amen. Blessings multiplied!

  4. Salon

    Thank you! I thank God for you. Your messages are always on target and on time. I’m in need of wisdom n understanding more than ever. I welcome God’s instructions and direction for my life. I desperately need Him to breakfree n thru every obstacle and hinderance. He has promised to lead us out of darkness and show us how to love Him. And it is Him who gives revelation n understanding. Yes, He’s the Wonderful Counselor. I need eyes to see n ears to hear. Who am I, is still unclear. Please pray for me. Thank you very much. God bless you.

  5. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Salon, I do pray, may you know Him more and His great plan for your life, may you know His deep affection for you, may you have peace and confidence in this season knowing that Father is in control. He knows exactly what He is doing, the darkness is light to Him. (Ps 139:12)
    ‘For you are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do.’ (Eph 2:10)

  6. Audu Ocholi

    Am always encourage anytime i read your blog. Its so timely and on point. Thank you for caring and sharing. Much love. From Nigeria.

  7. David

    In the 6 months i have been following your blog Helen i have found your posts to be relevant, accurate, insightful,and on many occasions very timely.This post is all of these and more.
    Holy spirit has been onto me about breaking strongholds from my mind for many months now, and to confirm what i am saying, i was visiting a church last Sunday and the pastor came to the platform and said he needed to pray for a breaking of strongholds over peoples minds, once many people had been prayed for he then began to teach into it and say it does not stop at pray you now need to do something different, as he was speaking a girl n front of me pulled some knitting from her bag and began to knit, as i watched her Holy Spirit said, “I am knitting together new mindsets”. If anyone thinks this is not a timely now word for the body of Christ, you need a new mind set. Cheers Helen.

  8. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi David, it’s an amazing thing how the Holy Spirit does a work across all of His body at once, isn’t it? It must be according to His Divinely appointed seasons.
    This Scripture comes to mind: ‘For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.’ (Rom 8:19) It is for us, but also for others. Those who do not yet know Jesus need to see His glory upon us, I believe it is a matter of urgency and eternal destinies are at stake… may it be more and more, Lord.

  9. Andrea Savoia - Adams

    And Amen Helen! 🙂
    Wonderful blogging! 🙂 Great insight.. God continue to Bless you beyond measure! o/ One Love <3

  10. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Andrea, yes you did, thanks so much! It’s great to hear from you. 🙂

  11. Bev

    Hi Helen,
    Amazing post and thankyou for sharing. This is a word in due season for me! I am so blessed by your writing.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Bev, so good to hear from you. May you continue to live life rejoicing in Him and sharing His word and Presence so generously (just had a peek at your website, looks amazing!)

  12. Tracey Lynn

    Hi Helen,

    Thanks so much for your blog. I agree that it is indeed in season and a great encouragement to me.

    I have had to get to the point where I accept the calling of God on my life – it is very scary for me at times – mostly because I realize the great responsibility of doing the Lord’s work. And I believe the biggest obstacles to accepting my calling was because I didn’t see myself as God sees me, and in many ways I had limited God in my life.
    Also, because I’m quite shy and not the kind of person who would get up and speak, much less preach or teach in church, so it was very strange for others to think that I would be called to ministry – especially prophetic ministry. I remember one instance of how a close friend of mine tried to discourage me from going to Bible Seminary, after I knew that the Lord was leading me to go so that I could be further equipped. This friend had to admit after my first year how much I had grown in the Lord and began to see the anointing and Hand of God on my life…so I’ve had my share of my own limiting mindset and people’s opinions but have seen how the Lord’s purpose prevails – it is He who calls us and He will work in us and through us for His purpose and glory.

    May the Lord richly bless you and continue to use you Helen!

  13. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Tracey Lynn,
    ooh yes, I can very much identify with you about the shyness, and not seeming the ‘type’ that God could use, for that is my own story but I can tell you He is totally faithful and His call and all His promises are true. It sounds as though you are well on the way, keep on believing, keep on inching out of your comfort zone (sometimes He will require a leap ;-)) and everyone around you will be amazed at what emerges in your life, you will be ‘a sign and a wonder’ and bring much glory to God!

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