How many times do we miss out on what God has prepared for us because of our mindset? We blame others for things that haven’t or aren’t happening in our life.
Jesus went to Jerusalem for a Jewish holy day. Inside the city, was a pool which had five covered porches. At a certain time of year an angel went down into the pool, and stirred the water; whoever stepped into the pool first, after the stirring of the water, was healed of whatever disease he had. Crowds of sick people, lay on the porches waiting for the moving of the water. One of the men laying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him, and knowing he had been sick for a long time, asked him, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man replied “I can’t, I have no one to put me into the water when it is stirred, while I am trying to get in someone else gets in before me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pickup your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! Later Jesus found him in the Temple and said to him. “Now you are well again, so stop sinning.” John 5:1-15
How is it possible for a man to sin, who could do nothing but lay by a pool for 38 years? We know that he chose to blame others for why he had not been healed. And if all he could do was lay there, then the sin that was within his life was in his heart, mind and mouth. Basically, he needed a change of heart!
What you say flows from what is in your heart. Luke 6:45
Do everything without complaining. Philippians 2:14
How many of life’s situations could be different if we chose to think differently and obey God, praising Him in the good and in the bad? Instead we wait for someone else to put us in the water, all the while complaining about our situation. What if we chose to put on our running shoes and get in the race rather than waiting for someone else to drag us along behind them or push us forward? What would life be like for us if we changed our way of thinking and speaking? Instead of complaining about the way a person is driving, what if we prayed for the person?
What would life be like if we praised God rather than complaining to Him or about Him?
What would our life be like if we accepted responsibility for the choices that we make rather than blame others for not taking on the responsibility of being our caregiver?
Why do you disobey the Lord and keep yourselves from prospering? 2 Chronicles 24:20
Is it possible that we keep ourselves from prospering by not obeying Gods word and instruction he gives us, because our hearts are not right with Him? When we get to heaven we will be held responsible for our own choices. When God says, what did you do with the talent (life) I gave you? What will your answer be? Our actions are our own and blame placing will have no place in the kingdom of God.
Each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Romans 14:12
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2