If Not For Bad Luck

If Not For Bad Luck, …

“If we didn’t have bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck…”

I remember these words ringing through my mind that afternoon as I pulled out of the thrift store parking lot following the tow truck, now carrying my parent’s car.

“If we didn’t have bad luck, we wouldn’t have any luck…”

This has become a type of mantra for my family. It seems at times that the odds are always stacked against us. Perhaps you feel this way at times too!

I don’t recall if these words actually left my lips on this occasion, but I know they were rolling around in my head. I must have started to speak them, because I remember what happened when I locked eyes with Parker in the rear-view mirror.

When my eyes met his, I realized the implications of what I was confessing over my life and ultimately his life as well. In the moment, I thought I was merely expressing my frustration over the situation. It seems, at times, that we can’t get ahead in life because something is always coming up.

My words were revealing much more than my frustration that day. As Jonathan taught this week, I realized that I am dealing with much more than words of frustration. I am now and have been a strong believer in the power we possess in our tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences” (NLT).

It was in the moment when I locked eyes with Parker that I realized that what I was confessing was actually a curse over my son’s future. Immediately, I began speaking blessings over Parker and his life. I even had him repeat it after me. I will never forget this moment. It was a pivotal time in my life as a father.


Jonathan mentioned strongholds a few times in his message, describing them as the dominant pattern(s) of thought, or paradigm, in our life! These dominant patterns of thoughts can either reinforce or stand against what is taught in Scripture. Strongholds can be used proactively to protect things that are precious to us. They can also be used by the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy our hope.

Near the end of his message, Jonathan shared about the old console television that, to this day, sits in his old bedroom in his parents’ home. No one disagrees that it needs to be thrown away. No one wants to be the one to move it.

Negative mental strongholds are much like that! They are the elephant in the room. We are aware of them, yet we don’t know how or are unwilling to change them. They are too large and have been around too long to move!

Constructive or Destructive…

Your paradigm will either empower or obstruct you from reaching your full potential in life…

I cannot adequately express how important it is to examine the mental strongholds in our lives. They have the ability to empower or discourage! The strongholds in our mind will either lead us toward our destiny in Christ or away from it!

I realized, as we pulled out of the parking lot that day, just how important it is for me to tear down the negative mental strongholds and start constructing positive ones. This not only impacts my ability to receive all God has for me, but it also has a great impact on those in my household!

Are there any mental strongholds in your life that need to be removed? I challenge you this week to examine this and spend time with the Lord on how to make the necessary changes.

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