A defeatist attitude does not see God’s faithfulness, His favor, His goodness, character, love, mercy and kindness. It cannot see victory ahead of trials and obstacles.
A defeatist attitude locks a heart and mind into unbelief. Unbelief leads one out from our Shepherd’s care and into the realm of deception.
Deception is a stronghold of the enemy to keep us away from truth and our relationship with Jesus. Unbelief and doubt is satan’s way of reeling the believer into darkness subtly and slowly allowing our guard to come down. He speaks through demonic influences and whispers how God has abandoned us, taken us in the wrong direction, withheld His promises, given us crumbs from a table, robbed us of happiness and fulfillment. These are lies from the pit of hell.
Also what plays along with this progression towards mistrust is self-reliance. If we are depending upon ourselves and not looking to our Father, hardness of heart can set in along with bitterness or resentment. In the mixture of this falling away is discontentment which permeates and points to God as if He failed to meet our expectations.
It’s the tantrum that does not move God’s heart to do anything but chastise his children. Many times He leaves us to our own demise until we get it, which is to be thankful…trusting Him in all things.
Jesus said could He not find such great faith as that of the centurion soldier. This man didn’t even know Jesus but what he heard about Jesus he believed. This was the type of faith that could move mountains, no doubting here.
Matthew 8:5-10 (KJV)
5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
What did Nehemiah encounter after he ended up in Jerusalem to build the wall as God told Him to?
10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.
11 And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.
Fear can make you doubt God. When you see the impossible it can distract us from knowing with God all things are possible. The Israelites didn’t stop building because Nehemiah had the courage and faith to keep on because he stayed obedient to God.
A defeatist attitude is nothing more than doubting God; it is trusting in our own flesh. Faith in God will erase this self- destructive attitude that keeps us prisoners of our own thoughts and satan’s snares and invasions.