Friday, October 3, 2008

Be a Positive Thinker like God!

Be a Positive Thinker like God!

By Abraham Israel

1) The Bible says in Gen 1:1-2, 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” In the beginning of time apart from eternity past we see that God started to create the “heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). The word “and” is a conjunctive [i.e. connecting] word which connects the happening of one to be the reason for the other. It is like the two sides of the same coin. In other words, God started to create the heavens in order to end with his pet project earth. Before the beginning of time in the eternity past God’s dwelling place was the[infinite] heaven”, as we know that its vastness cannot be defined with human language (Neh 9:6). Even now in another way He is inhabiting "eternity" (Is 57:15). The time we are now living is only a fragment of that eternity. Only at the time of creation He chose to dwell with His creations limiting himself to love them all (Jer 23:24; 1 John 4:8). When He started to create the “heaven of heavens”, He created it as a package along with its host [i.e. angels and heavenly beings like Cherubim and Seraphim] (Neh 9:6; Ps 115:16). Even from the beginning of His creation God dwelt in the “heaven of heavens” which is called as “the heaven” in other places (Deut 10:14; 1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6). This “heaven of heavens” is in fact the ‘Highest heaven’ of God’s visible throne of the whole universe which has been His dwelling place even since He started to create “the heavens”. This is why God said in Isaiah 66:1, “Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest?” ” In other words, God was saying, ‘I started my creation with heaven [i.e. His throne] and ended with the earth [i.e. His footstool], How can you build a resting place for me?’ From the above verse we should understand that the earth was God’s destination project and the creation of “heavens” and the angels were His intermediary project to fulfill his destination project earth .This is the reason God asked this question to Job in Job 38:33, “Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?” In other words, God was asking Job, ‘Do you realize that there are fixed laws and rules that were made by Me in My government of the heavens and how in hierarchy I have set the authority of heaven to rule over the earth.’ Because of rebellion in the camp of angels with Satan as their hero started after the foundations of the earth was laid and the legal entities with authority of heaven to guard the earth was set from heaven (Job 38:6-7; Ez 28:16; Dan 4:13, 23), not only the project of God was delayed and derailed, there was a stiff opposition of resistance to its continuance from Satan and his demonic cohorts thus forming a separate faction and a will apart from God’s will (Matt 6:10; Rev 12:3-4).

In Genesis 1:1 God paints a beautiful picture of God’s Creation. The Bible says “In His time, He has made everything Beautiful” (Eccl 3:11). This preceding verse proves that at the time when God started the whole project, it must have been made beautiful, till the chaos crept in to it (Job 38:6). This also shows that God will always make everything only beautiful at His set timing, not chaotic initially and then revive it as though He cannot create everything beautiful at first instance. In Genesis 1:2 we see a chaotic, disordered, empty and a grim picture of the planet earth because of the rebellion of Satan and his evil cohorts that has preceded it. But God did not abandon His plan of project earth, just because darkness and chaos crept into the great pet project of God because of the rebellion of Satan and his demonic followers. In spite of this gloominess of the circumstances that surrounded the earth, God’s Spirit positively began to move upon the face of the planet earth as a mother chicken would brood over her eggs before it will be hatched (Genesis 1:2).

I absolutely believe from the word of God that chaos crept in to God’s beautiful planet earth when Satan rebelled against God’s plan of project earth, because of pride he craved worship from both angels and men (even before man was created). God never gave up the project because of Satan’s rebellion but continued with his plan by thinking positively toward it. What a positive God He is!!! Praise the Lord!

2) God after the fall of man did not consider them useless or good for nothing. Instead he made tunics of skin and clothed them (Genesis 3:21).

  • God covered man’s transgression with his own sacrifice.
  • Jesus is the perfect sacrifice that covers all our inadequacies (Romans 4:7-8).
  • God “imputes righteousness” (Romans 4:6). To impute is to put into one’s heavenly account. The account of a person will always determine a person’s worth.
  • Righteousness is right standing with God. In other words, suppose if God stands before you in His perfect holiness, you do not have to be afraid and flee before Him and hide because of your self-consciousness of spiritual nakedness (Gen 3:10), instead because of the robe of righteousness that Jesus has clothed you with, you can freely stand beside God and speak with Him freely like as a friend. This is the reason people in the Old Testament like High Priest Joshua and Abraham freely conversed with God once they were clothed with this robe of righteousness (Zech 3:3-5; Rom 4:3; Gen 18:22-33; James 2:23). Apostle Paul phrased it as “righteousness of faith” (Rom 4:13; 9:30). The other type of righteousness that usually religiously pious people practice, Paul phrased it as “the law of righteousness” which means the favor of God that people usually try to earn by living a good life to please God through it. It is keeping Biblical rules and regulation in order to gain the favor of God (Rom 9:31). Righteousness is God’s gift that is received as a tangible free robe in our innermost being (Isaiah 61:10). In fact it came upon us when we received Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord of our life (Rom 5:17-18). What it is not? It is not our doing or our working of God’s perfect law that we keep in our daily life (Titus 3:5). Righteousness is not the service we do for God in the ministry through God’s empowerment (Hebrew 6:10; Phil 2:30). Each and every work that we do in the name of a disciple of Jesus will be rewarded (Matthew 10:40-42; Col 3:17). But righteousness is a gift of grace that we receive through our faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus (Eph 2:8). God always sees your faith and deposits in to your heavenly account equivalent cash of righteousness which is His favor for you to succeed in every area of your life now (Rom 4:5). Now we have become the righteousness of God because of the substitution of Christ’s perfect righteousness over our new spirit man inside us while we were born again (2 Cor 5:21, 17; John 3:3). In other words, because of what Jesus has achieved for us though His birth, perfect life of obedience, death and resurrection, we our self as a person have become the object of God’s favor. Apostle Peter called this process of receiving the “righteousness of faith” as “made alive by the Spirit” or[living] according to God in the spirit” man inside us (1 Peter 3:18, 4:6). He also called this imputation of righteousness as “the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21). Imputation means putting in to one’s account. Say a man’s father has put billions of dollars in to his son’s account. If that son has not properly connected to his father to know the fact and use it lavishly, he will be living as a beggar even though in fact he is a billionaire. In the same way, Our Heavenly Father God has put the perfect righteousness of Jesus in to our heavenly account. If we do not realize it and use it we will not receive its benefit in our lives. Instead of reigning in our lives, we will be ruining our lives (Rom 5:17).
  • Now God sees you as he sees Jesus .He loves you as he loved Jesus. A divine exchange has happened (Colossians 2:10, 13-14; John 17:23).
  • Now God thinks and sees you as complete in Christ Jesus, this is the reason God is the greatest positive thinker.
  • God is already pleased if only you will continue in faith with what He has said to be the truth (1 Corinthians 10:5; Hebrews 4:2).
  • Men like David and other saints like him understood this truth, so only all the time they were praising God.
  • Now I believe rather than asking God for forgiveness all the time you should be praising and thanking God for who he is and what he has done for you (Psalms 71:6-8).

3) When troubles, trails and temptations come to you, don’t start to fret, fume and be troubled in your heart. Instead learn to talk to God about it and give your problems and needs to God (Philippians 4:6).

  • Proverbs 12:25 => Anxiety brings depression. A good word brings gladness. Always learn to encourage yourself by talking good word to your soul.
  • The Peace of God will be your guardian which will guard your heart (Philippians 4:7).
  • Once you give your Problems to God, do not take it back again by pondering and worrying about it. If you worry by taking those problems upon yourself, it is like saying that you do not believe the ability of the Lord to solve your problems.

4) Learn to inculcate the habit of renewing and thinking positively all the time (Philippians 4:8).

  • The thoughts of the righteous are right (Proverbs 12:5).
  • Learn to resist bad, depressive gloomy and evil thoughts (Matthew 15:19).
  • You submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
  • Do not speak negative things that the devil imposes in your heart, if you do that, you have already given the rights to the devil to legally influence your situation in a negative way (Mathew 15:11).

5) When sorrows come in unexpected ways, do not lose heart. Instead allow the joy of the lord to be your strength (John 16:33, 24; Nehemiah 8:10).

  • Learn to derive your joy from pleasing the Lord rather than Yourself (Hebrews 1:9).
  • Develop a taste for the word of God (Psalms 119:103). The Word of God is the only positive source of encouragement for mankind (Psalms 119:92). The word of God can be compared to a seed and our heart a garden (Luke 8:11). If you continue to meditate on the word of God, very soon your heart will bloom with flowers of fragrance and thus producing much fruit. Very soon your soul will become like a watered garden (Isaiah 58:11). Meditating the word of God through the power of the Holy Ghost is like watering the seed by and by till it becomes fruitful (Phil 4:8). The attitude of being positive can be inculcated in us only by immersing ourselves in the word of God and the Spirit of God constantly till we see the results tangibly and others too are able to notice it.
  • Learn to trust in the Lord at all times like Job (Psalms 62:8; James 5:11).
  • Ask God to make you a positive influence to people around you!


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