Positive thinking – Part 2

Positive thinking – Part 2

Positive thinking is a popular concept, but is it really scriptural? The fact that Christians accept it as a concept doesn’t mean it is supernatural in nature, only faith is. I however agree there are benefits of positive thinking, both physical and mental benefits. It is true positive thinking can give you more confidence, can improve your mood, even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions, conditions such as depression and other stress-related disorders.  But having said that, it shouldn’t be mistaken for the faith of God, which is a spiritual gift.

The “power of positive thinking” what is it really?

It’s a positive mindset, positive imagery, positive self-talk or optimism of self.  It’s all to do with you, yourself and yourself alone. If you want to be effective in positive thinking, first, you got to be self willed, selfish, egocentric. Even if you’re to find friends, your motivation is selfwill – you got to find positive friends, mentors, teachers who think as you do.

James 4:1-3 says,

[1] From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? [2] Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. [3] Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

2 Timothy 2:15-21 KJV

[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. [16] But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. [17] And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; [18] Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. [19] Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. [20] But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. [21] If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

They say when you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll hear positive outlooks, positive stories and positive affirmations. Their positive words will sink in and affect your own line of thinking, which then affects your words. Do what you can to improve the positivity of others, and let their positivity affect you the same way. Good as it appears, however don’t forget “in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.” James 3:15 says, “For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, inspired by the devil.”

I hear Paul say in Philippians 2:17-21

[17] Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. [18] For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. [19] But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. [20] For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. [21] For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

It’s ok to increase your positive attitude, as you might imagine, positive thinking offers compounding returns – the more often you practice it, the greater benefits you’ll realize. But “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27). Rejoice with all, and allow others to be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith also. Paul said, “I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.”

He said, “For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” Positive thinking is ok, however sometimes it violates the royal law. James 2:7-9 says, “Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? [8] If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: [9] But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

Jesus in Luke 6:30-36 says

[30] Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. [31] And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. [32] For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. [33] And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. [34] And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. [35] But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. [36] Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Surround yourself with everyone; as you would that man should do to you, do also to them likewise. Love your enemies; and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again.

To be continued….

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