I played a lot of basketball in college. Well, to be precise, I watched a lot of basketball—I spent most of my time sitting on the bench. The trouble was my thoughts became self-fulfilling. I believed I wasn’t good enough. So whenever I did get the chance to step onto the court, I played terribly!

Some years later, I joined a church basketball league, and the tables turned. I was the strongest player on the team! My attitude was transformed. I believed I could make the shots—and I did!

What you believe about yourself impacts how you live—not just on the basketball court, but in every area of life.

There’s a picture I want to draw for you—and it comes from author Dan Stone. It’s simple but very profound. It’s called “The Line.”

Imagine a figurative line between two realms of our existence. Below the line are the material things of this world, things that are temporary and changing. Above the line are spiritual realities of who God says you are that are eternal and changeless.

As someone who is in Christ, what’s true about you above the line needs to shape, direct, and define your life below the line.

As the apostle Paul says, we are to “Fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Did you get that? Paul is telling you to gaze at what you cannot see!

It might sound crazy, but this is the essence of faith As Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” In other words, faith is believing what’s true above the line.

So how do you do that? Start by opening your New Testament and writing down the above the line truths you find. I promise your hand will get tired pretty quickly! God’s Word is full of above the line promises about who you are in Christ.

Do you want to change the way you live? Do you want to grow in holiness? It’s not about trying harder through discipline and obligation—but about living in the light of above the line truths in your everyday below the line reality. Open the Scriptures to discover the real you. Soak yourself in those truths and promises. Believe them. Live in the light of them... and your life will be transformed!




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