While exiting the campus gate that year after a really challenging examination week, one of my departmental mates approached me with these words; “Pastor, how far with today’s papers? Are you sure we are going to scale through?” I responded; “I have already passed.” The confidence with which I responded stemmed from understanding. I have a victory mentality.

Friend, victory is first a mentality before it is a reality. Your mentality is shaped by your revelation. You cannot think better than you know (2 Kings 6:15-17). Whatever feeds your heart will fill your life (Proverbs 4:23). You don’t fail because you deserve to fail. You fail because you think of failure. Knowing how to take charge of your thoughts is a major requirement for success and victory (Proverbs 23:7, Philippians 4:8).

Your outcomes are not determined by your circumstances. They are determined by your mentality. You cannot win on the inside and lose on the outside. What some people call giants, others call bread (Numbers 13:30-33, 14:9). What some people see as obstacles, others see as opportunities. What you see is what you get (Jeremiah 1:11-12). What you think is who you would eventually become.

The purpose of scriptures is to paint the picture of your future. Until God’s word forms your mentality, your world will not confirm with His will (Romans 12:1-2). God does not see you in your problem. He sees you in your purpose (Judges 6:12). You are more than this! You are a victor, not a victim. You are a success, not a failure. You are a destiny on two legs (Jeremiah 29:11).

Don’t let people’s opinion or perception form your mentality. People can say whatever they like. The devil can say whatever he likes. But what you say is what determines your outcomes (Psalms 91:2). Your mentality is revealed by your words. What you say reinforces your conviction. You have not yet believed something until you say it (Psalms 107:2).

Your thoughts and words must align if you would enjoy God’s best for you (Romans 10:10). Sometimes, silence can mean consent. Don’t be silent over the thoughts of failure; speak success. Don’t be silent about thoughts of death; speak life. Don’t be silent over the fear of tomorrow; speak faith. No matter what the devil advertises to you, you have a choice to accept or reject it (Psalms 118:17). That choice is in your words.

‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria