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from JO’s sermon tonight:


our mind is like a computer; how we program it is the way it’s going to function. you can have the most powerful computer made, the latest, fastest, holds the most memory, but if you put the wrong software in it, it’s not going to function like it was designed. we’ve all had to deal with these computer viruses; they can get into a perfectly good computer and start to contaminate the software. before long, the computer is slow, you can’t access your files; all these problems occur, not because it’s defective, it’s poorly made, no, the hardware is fine, it’s because somebody reprogrammed the software. somehow the insides got messed up; now the software is contaminated. in the same way, when God created you, He stepped back and said, “another masterpiece! your hardware is perfect, you’re the right size, right nationality, you have the right gifts.” not only that; God put the right software in you; from the very beginning, He programmed you to be victorious, healthy, strong, creative. your original software says, “you can do all things through Christ.” He programmed, “whatever you touch will prosper and succeed.” He programmed, “the head and not the tail, lend and not borrow, victor and not victim.” you were programmed to live an abundant, victorious, faith-filled life; that’s how your Creator designed you. but the reason we don’t always experience this abundant life is we’ve allowed viruses to contaminate our software; we think, “I’ll never be successful, I’m not that talented. I’ll never break this addiction, I’ve had it too long. I’m slow, clumsy, unattractive, nothing good is in my future.”

because our software is infected, we go around, low self-esteem, negative, not believing for dreams to come to pass, not expecting problems to turn around. here’s the good news; there is nothing wrong with you. like that computer, you’re not a mistake, you’re not faulty, the problem is your software; you’ve got to get rid of the viruses. all through the day, dwell on what your Creator says about you; “I’m blessed, I’m strong, I’m healthy, I’m confident, I’m attractive, I’m valuable, I am victorious.” you’ve got to get back to your original software. if your thinking is limited, your life will be limited. one of the best things we can learn to do is hit the delete button. when negative, discouraging thoughts come, trying to contaminate your software, just hit delete. that thought says, “you’ve seen your best days, it’s all downhill from here”; recognize, that’s a virus trying to keep you from your destiny. it’s real simple; “delete! not dwelling on that. my software says, “the path of the righteous gets brighter and brighter.” “you’ll never get well, you saw the medical report”; “delete! God is restoring health back unto me. the number of my days He will fulfill. I will live and not die.” you may hear, “you’ll never accomplish your dreams, you’re not that talented, you don’t have what it takes”; “delete delete delete! I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I have the favor of God. whatever I touch prospers and succeeds.” perhaps you’ll hear, “you’ll never break that addiction. your father was an alcoholic, and you’ll be one too”; “delete! no weapon formed against me will prosper; whom the son sets free is free indeed, and I am free.”

John 8:36 (NIV)

36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

if you’re going to reach your highest potential, you’ve got to get good at hitting the delete button. the enemy will use people to try to contaminate your software. God gives you grace for every season; He arms you with strength for every battle. God has the final say; He said, I am well able, I can do all things through Christ, I am strong in the Lord. the scripture tells us:

Proverbs 4:23 (CEB)

23 More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.

you control the doorway to what you allow in; you can dwell on every negative thought, every derogatory comment, or you can choose to delete it and dwell on what God says about you. some of you would go to a new level if you would just start hitting the delete button. quit dwelling on every negative thought that comes to your mind; that’s the enemy trying to contaminate your software. if he can control your thinking, he can control your whole life. if that thought is negative, discouraging, pushing you down, don’t dwell on it, delete it. pay attention to what you’re thinking; if you go around thinking that you’re not talented, then you’ll never have the confidence to step into your destiny. if you think you’re unattractive, you’ll never meet the people you were supposed to meet. if you think you can’t break the addiction, then you can’t. if you think you’ve reached your limits, then you have. it’s not because you can’t go further, you’ve just convinced yourself that you can’t. the good news is, it’s not too late; you can still become everything God created you to be. you’ve gotta clear out all the negative things people have said about you. you are not who people say you are, you are who God says you are. clear out what the coach, the teacher, said about you; you’re too small, you don’t have what it takes. delete it! quit dwelling on that; you’re the right size, you have exactly what you need for the race that’s been designed for you. clear out what the counselor said; “you’re just a C student, you’re not college material.” delete it! you’re an A student; you have seeds of greatness.

clear out what the ex-boyfriend, the ex-spouse said; “you’re not attractive, you’re not good enough for me.” delete it! you’re a masterpiece, attractive, beautiful, one of a kind, a prize possession. you may have to clear out what a parent said, that person that raised you; “you’re so undisciplined, you’re never going to amount to much, you can’t do anything right.” delete it! you are destined to do great things. you’re destined to leave your mark on this generation. I read a report about children that have been bullied in school; it talked about how years later those negative words were still having an effect. when someone says something about you, either good or bad, that seed is planted in your soil; now you get to determine whether or not that seed takes root and grows. when you dwell on what was said, you are watering the seed; you’re giving it the right to become a reality. that’s why it’s so important that we’re disciplined in our thought life. it’s great when people tell you, “you’re blessed, you’re talented, you’re going to do great things”; water those seeds, meditate on those throughout the day, that’s what you want to become a reality. but too often, the mistake we make is, we water the wrong seeds. they can’t make a seed take root in me, all they can do is sow the seed. you have complete control over what seeds are going to take root and grow in your own soil. a lot of times, we blame others; “they were talking about me, they tried to make me look bad, they were criticizing me.” no, let them talk all they want; you control your own soil. don’t dwell on the negative. don’t replay what they said over and over; guard your mind. those are viruses trying to infiltrate your software. Joshua put it this way:

Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

when your mind is filled with thoughts of faith, hope, victory, that’s what’s going to become a reality. somebody may have spoken negative words over you; delete it. people don’t determine your destiny, God determines your destiny. that’s why we start off every message by saying, “I am who God says I am”; we’re saying in effect, “I am not who my history teacher says I am, I’m not who my ex-spouse says I am, I’m not who the critics say I am, I am who God says I am.” I like to take it a step further; not only “I am who God says I am,” but “I can do what God says I can do.” that means, we know we’ve been programmed for victory, to reign in life, overcome obstacles.

Psalm 34:19 (NKJV)

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

we will accomplish our dreams. we will meet the right people. we will step into the fullness of our destinies. when you think like that, all the forces of darkness cannot stop you. friends, the real battle is taking place in your mind. if you’re defeated in your thoughts, you’ve already lost. you’ve got to get rid of the viruses. if you will get back to your original software, put in you by your Creator, you’ll go places that you’ve never dreamed. interesting how little children start off so excited about life, they’ve got big dreams; they’re going to become a scientist, an astronaut, a singer, a teacher, a ballplayer, even the president. they’re not intimidated or insecure, they believe they can do anything; it’s because they just came from their Creator.  their thinking has not been contaminated; they can still feel the seeds of greatness. too often, over time, they start to get reprogrammed; somebody tells them what they can’t become, what they can’t do. little by little, their environment starts to squeeze them down: a coach or teacher says, “you’re not good enough. you’re too small”; their self-esteem goes down. they see somebody more attractive, and they start to feel inferior. all these things begin to distort who they really are. before long, instead of dreaming big and believing possibility thoughts, they think, “I’ll never do anything great. I’m not that talented, I’m just average.” when we find ourselves stuck in these ruts, not believing we can rise any higher, we need to ask, “why do I think this way? who programmed me to think that I’m average? who programmed me to give up on my dreams? who programmed me to think I can’t lose this weight, I can’t break this addiction, I’ve gone as far as I can?” where did those thoughts come from?

could it be that you have accepted a wrong mindset because of the environment you were raised in, the people that you were around? just because it seems normal to you doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily normal; sometimes, we learn to function in our dysfunction. maybe everybody you grew up with was negative; you’re not supposed to be negative, that’s not normal. maybe your friends didn’t have big dreams, they didn’t do anything great in life; that’s not okay for you, that’s not normal. just because family members had addictions, bad habits, don’t make the mistake of thinking that’s okay for you to live that way; those are viruses that have been passed down, they keep infiltrating our thinking. God created you to go further, to be confident, to be free, to be a healthy, positive, happy. you have greatness on the inside. now it starts by reprogramming your thinking. many of us, what we saw modeled growing up, the people that raised us, they were good people, they were doing their best, but they were negative, discouraged; now we live negative, discouraged. they had addictions, low self-esteem; now we struggle in those same areas. or maybe they made poor choices in relationships, got involved with the wrong people; now we’re dealing with the same issues. we saw them accept mediocrity; now mediocrity has become normal to us. the good news is, there is nothing wrong with you; those are simply wrong mindsets that you’ve developed. as you get your thinking straightened out, your life will straighten out. God didn’t make you faulty, He didn’t create you subpar, He created you in His image; you are His masterpiece, crowned with favor, equipped with talent, gifts.  you are destined to live a great life, healthy, abundant, happy, faith-filled.

you’re not supposed to go through life inferior, low self-esteem, addicted, little goals, little dreams; that’s not who you are. start reprogramming your mind as the head and not the tail. reprogram it with excellence, not mediocrity, with abundance, not lack and poverty, with freedom, not addictions. you were made for more than this; you’re not supposed to constantly struggle, to barely make it through life; you can feel those seeds of greatness stirring on the inside.  “this may be where I am, but this is not who I am. I may be in defeat, but I am not defeated; I’m a child of the most high God.”  thoughts tell you, “you have no future”; delete! “God’s plans for me are for good to give me an amazing future.” “you have no money”; delete! “I’m blessed, whatever I touch prospers.” you have no education, you will never get out of here, it’s impossible”; delete delete delete! “God is making a way where I don’t see a way. He’s opening doors that no man can shut, He’s bringing the right people across my path. I will step into the fullness of my destiny.” you may have been raised in a limited environment; all you saw modeled was strife, addictions, conflict, low self-esteem, mediocrity; don’t let that set the limits for your life; God wants you to go further. now it starts by getting rid of the viruses; hit the delete button. the thought tells you, “you’ve gone as far as you can”; delete! “you’ll never get well”; delete! “you’ll always be addicted”; delete! “this is as good as it gets”; delete! if you’ll get good at hitting the delete button, you will break out of bondages, and you will step into freedom. you will break out of lack and poverty and step into abundance. you’ll break out of mediocrity and step up to excellence.

this is a new day; strongholds are coming down, wrong mindsets are being broken, viruses are being cleared out. get ready for God to do something new. get ready to see His goodness in amazing ways. “this sounds encouraging, but I don’t know, all the experts say I’ll never get well, the experts say I’ll never get out of debt, the experts tell me I’ve gone as far as my education allows, this is good as it gets.” I say this respectfully, but the experts can be wrong. according to all the laws of aerodynamics, a bumblebee should not be able to fly; its wingspan is too small for the size of its body, so it can’t get enough lift. here’s the key; nobody told the bumblebee. it didn’t get the memo. no experts were able to talk it out of it. the bumblebee felt its wings on its back, and something in its DNA said, “I’m supposed to fly. I’m not made to just crawl around on the ground.” it didn’t go check with the experts, it didn’t read the latest engineering report, it just did what was natural;  it started flapping its wings, and took off up into the air. if that bumblebee would have been able to read the negative reports, would have been able to listen to the naysayers, it would’ve never gotten off the ground. it starts in our thinking: if you don’t think you can be successful, you won’t. if you don’t think you’re talented, then you’re not. if you don’t think you’ll meet the right people, you never will. not because you’re not able to, but because of your software; your thinking is limiting you. are you allowing negative thoughts to defeat you, stifle your potential?

why don’t you start hitting the delete button? the experts may have told you how impossible it is, how it’s not going to work out, how you’re not going to get well, and again I mean it respectfully, because the experts are doing the best they can with the knowledge that they have, but what I’m saying is, God has the final say. He wouldn’t have put the dream in your heart, given you that promise, if He didn’t have a way to bring it to pass.  delete what the naysayers have told you. delete the discouraging words. delete the negative reports. you gotta get back to your original software. some of you, this is the only thing that’s holding you back. who told you that you can’t be successful? who told you that you can only make C’s in school? who told you you’re not tall enough, not smart enough, that you’ve reached your limits? I can assure you; that did not come from your Creator. those are viruses that are trying to contaminate your software. don’t let what anyone told you or what anyone showed you limit your life.  there is nothing wrong with you; start reprogramming your mind. all through the day, dwell on what your Creator says about you: “I’m blessed, I’m healthy, I’m talented, I’m valuable, my best days are still out in front of me.” if you’ll do this, every virus is being cleared out, even right now. strongholds are coming down, wrong mindsets that have held you back for years will no longer have any affect on you. like Joshua promised, this is a new day; you will have good success and prosper in everything you do.

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