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.
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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On team with David McCracken Ministries: Prophetic Ministry That Empowers The Church
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