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TITLE: Self-fulfilling Prophecies
TEXT: Job 3:23-26
23 Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in? 24 For my sighing comes before I eat, And my groanings pour out like water. 25 For the thing I greatly feared has come upon me, And what I dreaded has happened to me. 26 I am not at ease, nor am I quiet; I have no rest, for trouble comes.”
Our negative thinking becomes reality.


  1. “I was afraid this would happen.”

  2. I feared this for years – Now it has happened to me.


Self-fulfilling prophecies

  1. Parents and children – dumb, stupid, never amount to anything, ugly, fat

  2. About ourselves – ability, fears, doubts, anxieties, can’t learn computers, “I am too old to try that.”

  3. Others – church, family, friends, associates, marriages, children

  4. Elvis’ mother died at 48. Elvis feared 48. Died at 48.


We do all the wrong things – look the wrong direction

  1. Bike rider – look at the curb or rock you want to avoid – hit the curb or rock

  2. Golf – Don’t drive this ball in the water – Splash!

  3. Baseball – Pitcher is told, Do not pitch him low and outside. Pitch goes low and outside.

  4. In all cases – we were looking at the problem instead of the solution.

  5. David – 1 Samuel 17 - Do you look at the Princess or the problem?

  6. Hebrews 12:1-2 – Run the race – Looking unto Jesus

  7. Matthew 14:30 – Peter walked on water, then saw the waves and sank

Reason – We were not designed to think in the negative.

  1. Bike rider – look where you WANT to go.

  2. Pitcher – think where the pitch should go.

  3. Golfer – look where you want the ball to land.

  4. Look to Jesus – Not at the waves and wind


Biggest Self-Fulfilling Prophecy = “Can’t”

  1. I can’t do that. Not my talent.

  2. I can’t hit his curve ball. Here comes a curve ball. Strike 3.

  3. I can’t lead singing, teach a class, preach a sermon

  4. My “Can’t” becomes “Impossible”.

  5. CONCLUSION: “I told you that is what would happen.”

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