There is a difference between defeat and falling.
Falling may be accidental but defeat is a decision and a choice. Defeat it is more than just falling down, it is choosing to stay down after one has fallen. Defeat is a state of the mind. Everyone who’s ever had a taste of failure or experienced a fall deserves congratulations for making an attempt. You can only fail because you attempted to accomplish something and you can only fall because you made an effort to walk; it means you’re determined not to remain stagnated in life. You might have failed or fallen but don’t let that translate into a defeat.
Defeat is not falling or failing; defeat is refusing to get up; it is refusing to try.
When the fear of failure and falling incapacitates you from trying, you are already defeated. Defeat is not a positioning of your body, or a reflection of your image; it is not just about where you are physically or financially. It is not being beneath or above; defeat is simply a state of the mind. You can have a victorious mind-set no matter what accidents you’ve experienced in life or where you are on your strata of accomplishment. The children of Israel refused to possess a land God promised them not because the giants in the land stopped them, but because of inaction. They refused to try because they were incapacitated by a “mind-set” of defeat. (Numb 13:31 – 14:4)
Don’t forget that a righteous man may fall seven times, but he rises up always (Prov 24:16). When a man has a victorious mind-set, he may be down, but like a come-back boxer, don’t count him out. He may struggle, cry etc. but he knows it is just for a season. No matter how down life pushes you, just make sure you saturate and guard your mind with the infallible word of God, commit to meditate on it day and night and observe to do all that it commands, (Joshua 1:8). “And finally, fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise,(Phil 4:8). God’s word never fails; it is forever settled in heaven (Ps 119:89). Holding unto His word is holding unto victory. keep holding on!
By Emmanuel Might 29/01/2016 (Excerpts from current series, #TheVictoriousMindSet)