Friday, December 12, 2008

The Positive Power

The Power of Being Positive

By Abraham Israel

The greatest of all the positive persons who lived life positively more than any other person in this earth is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our role model after whom we should pattern our life in this planet earth. Jesus lived in the present looking to the future reward. The writer of the Book of Hebrews confirmed this attitude of Jesus by saying “…who [i.e. Jesus] for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross….has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Heb 12:2). Some people say that we should not serve the Lord expecting a reward for the things that we do. But it is unbiblical to think in such a way because the Bible says that “…he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb 11:6). In other words to seek God diligently is to positively believe in the rewarding characteristics of God as an unchanging attribute, irrespective of time and space eternally.

The reward of God can be received only personally as we endure to keep on holding on to the promises of God in our lives. To endure patiently trusting the goodness of God in spite of the harsh circumstances we face is the will of God for our lives. If we tarry by faith during the waiting period we will surely receive the promises of God
(Heb 10:35-36). So only the Jesus said, “If you have faith [during your waiting time]………nothing shall be impossible unto you [at the appointed time]” (Matthew 17:20).

When you are living your life by the faith of God, no matter what mountains of obstacles come your way, you can confidently assure your soul saying,
“If God is with me who can be against me” [personalized] (Romans 8:31). Why has God given us such scriptures? The main reason is for us to live positively just like Him all the time (2 Tim 3:16-17). Our God is a highly positive God who sees and hopes the best even in the worst possible scenario. Just like Him He wants us to be positive all the time. Faith is the positive outlook towards life which pleases God and makes Him acknowledge us and bless us.

If you want some more confidence and inspiration read some more Bible verses like the above and personalize and write it in a piece of paper or your diary, then start to meditate and mutter it over and over. The word of God is the most positive hope giving source in this entire universe. As a result the positive power of the word will get imparted in to your being and will carry you in to your destiny of success that God has purposed for you in this life.

Attitudes are more important than facts

One thing that you must keep nailed in your mind is “Attitudes are more important than facts”. If you have got the attitude, you will be the most successful person in this life. Believe me because God is the one who strengthens the heart of those people who have good attitudes! To wait on the Lord is to meditate on the positive seed of the word of God expecting your circumstances to change. Until the appointed time of your miracle comes, God will strengthen your heart to keep you courageous through all the tough times that you will go through. People may mock you seeing your faith in God. They may even call you insane to the practicality of life. But look unto Jesus and His promises and never take your eyes off Him.

The Bible says, “Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!” (Psalm 27:14) and “Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:24). The Lord will never fail to strengthen your heart through your tough times if you are able to keep trusting in the Lord by meditating on the promises of God and whispering it to yourself. This is the process of encouraging oneself in the Lord which is the reality of waiting in the Lord (1 Sam 30:6). Always say to yourself words like “I can do all things through the anointing of Jesus which strengthens me” (Phil 4:3). The moment you get up in the morning say to yourself loudly, ‘I believe’ and think about the promises of God that you personally believe and expect God to do it in your life. Say it now at least three times now and then praise the Lord believing that all His promises will come to pass. Now rejoice in the Lord and be happy. To rejoice in the Lord always and to give thanks for all the things that He is going to do in your lives is the will of God for your lives (1 Thess 5:16, 18). Keep thanking the Lord and most importantly pray to Him without ceasing. In other words the more the problems you experience, and the more it challenges you to move away from the destiny that God has for your lives, the more you need to pray to keep your attitude positive and thus be happy and enjoy life. As the Bible says, “Happy people always enjoy life” (Proverbs 15:15). If you are not happy and positive you may easily sulk in to unbelief, fear and doubt of the onslaught of the devil that will continually try to clog and derail you from going forward in to your destiny. When you are continuously joyful, positive and happy, it will be like a sound of death knell to all the evil sadistic strategies of the devil. Satan will fail and become fearful seeing you positive all the time.

Believe and conquer

Even the old adage says, ‘They conquer who believe they can.’ Say now, ‘I can’ at least three times and praise the Lord. When you are able to believe all the promises of God and live positively all the time, whatever you believe will surely happen to you in your life. That’s why when the blind men who asked Jesus for healing believed that Jesus is able to heal them, Jesus plainly told to the blind men, “According to your faith be it unto you” (Matt 9:29). In other words Jesus told them, ‘Because you have believed, whatever you have believed will happen automatically because of your faith.’ O what a truth! So keep believing no matter what circumstances you are going through in your life right now. God will suddenly change your wilderness to bloom as a fragrant lush garden. Praise the Lord always to keep yourself positive! Because the Lord God dwells only in the praises of His people and then He gives liberty and prosperity to the place where He dwells (Psalm 22:3; 2 Cor 3:17; 2 Sam 6:11-12).

You should never forget that no matter what kind of things have happened in your lives or is happening in your lives now or will happen in the future, remind yourself that,
“All things God is working together for my good because I love God and am called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28). Say to yourself in such situations of trials and testing’s, “….I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ who loves me all the time” (Rom 8:37). There may be times when the devil will impose negative things constantly in to your mind to make you move away from God and it will seem to you that you have nothing but only obstacles and troubles in your life. But do not believe in your negative feelings that have been imposed subtly by the devil. Instead trust in the Lord and say to yourself, ‘No matter what the circumstances I go through, God is always My God and He will never ever change His goodness towards me. These problem too will pass away as fast as it has come.’ Keep reminding yourself that the only constant in this life that we can truly experience without change is God Himself.

As we take everything in a positive way, everything in life will be transformed in to a positive experience of enjoyment by the power of the Holy Spirit. As you get up in the morning say to yourself, ‘This is the day of rejoicing that the Lord has made for me and has given it to me to enjoy
(Ps 118:24). I will choose to be happy and everything I do today will be successful because God is with me and is empowering me to be successful in this life.’ Always learn to say and perceive each day as a pleasant day. The real success in one’s life is living this reality of experiencing this positive God- attitude in one’s life. Such kind of positive thinking will relax your mind and will give hope to your soul every day and will take you to the height of success in your life, because of your positive attitude God will acknowledge and bless you immensely.

Attitudes are more important than achievement

Attitudes are more important than a person’s achievement because God sees and rewards each one according to their heart attitudes toward God and life. If you have got a positive attitude in spite of the negative and depressive circumstances you are facing in your life, you are the one who will be blessed tremendously by the Lord than the people with great achievements and abilities. When you notice King David’s life, he was not a great person with special abilities in him to be elevated to a stardom status in a single day. He was just a shepherd boy who was considered the least valued person in his whole family. But he had a contagious positive attitude of faith and confession based on the ability of the God whom he believed with his whole heart. This made the Lord to stoop down low to cherish this unknown boy and elevate him to super stardom status. This is the single greatest magnitude of victory till date which was pulled in to existence in spite of hopelessness and impossibility of faithless fear-filled and discouraging people all around.

God gave the responsibility of leading the people of Israel in to the promised land of Canaan to Caleb and Joshua which even Moses the veteran did not get, because God noticed a different spirit of faith operate in the young Joshua and Caleb
(Num 14:24; 2 Cor 4:13). God is always excited to use people who live in the positive category of faith. If you want to be successful and be blessed in this small life while we live in this planet earth, you better learn to live as a faith man. These men lived as faith-warriors and were blessed beyond description.

Achievement can be reached by hard work but cultivating a positive attitude cannot be acquired just by hard work alone. We need the help of God to inculcate it in our lifestyle. Being positive is the character of God that will get rubbed upon us as we daily walk with God day in and day out. As he speaks and communicates with us through dreams, visions, riddles, signs, the still small voice of the Holy Spirit in our spirit man, prophecies, circumstances and ministers of God, the positive energy of God will get imparted in to us. This positive energy will draw us more towards the things of God and His word. As we keep our mind filled with the word of God, the positive pattern of thinking will get programmed in our mind and will change the way we see, think and act. Our soulish mind will start to get more and more influenced in the way God thinks and acts. As a result we will begin to see and live as God’s true Sons and Daughters in this planet earth. This is the original plan of God for every human being. In other words we are basically created to be positive, happy, joyful and rejoicing all the time in God. Being negative is alien to our natural make up and thus will sap out the life which we were created to enjoy.

Think and visualize each day

Each day of your life, think and visualize the promises of God that God has quickened in your heart through the Holy Spirit. The dreams, visions that God might have shown you or the prophecies that God might have spoken to you or the word of God that the Holy Spirit might have quickened to you in your spirit man are all the God-seed that has the potential within it to change, transform, prosper, supply, empower and release the power of God in your life and to make you a highly successful person in every area of your life (Acts 2:17-18). But the most important process that is needed in order for this power of God to be released in your life is the need to nurture the God-seed by meditating on it over and over again till you accomplish the destiny that God has set forth for you. So only men like David who was one of the very few people who fulfilled all of God’s purpose for their generation (Acts 13:36) said, “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97). He also said to God, 49 Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.” (Psalm 119:49-50). Not only we see in the preceding verses that David received his comfort from the word of God but also he himself has confessed that the word of God has given him the life giving positive energy.

Say to yourself each day, ‘God is with me; God is helping me; God is guiding me all the time; He will never leave me nor forsake me.’ Always train yourself to picture “success” in your mind, no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment. This is the reason Apostle Paul told the Philippians, 8-9Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” [The Message] (Philippians 4:8-9). From the preceding verse we come to understand that not only Apostle Paul is encouraging us to think positively, but also to see him as an example and learn from him. If we see the life of Apostle Paul, we can see literally the kind of difficulties, hardships, trials, tribulations that he went through, for trying to preach and teach the good news of Christ all around the world (2 Cor 11:23-33; 1 Cor 4:9-12). It is highly admirable to see that the Apostle Paul was able to maintain his positive attitude towards God, life, himself and his fellow beings in spite of all the difficulties that he faced almost daily. We can easily conclude that Apostle Paul was one of the most exemplary positive thinkers of his times because of the way he lived his life. Because of this attribute that he developed, he was known to be one of the most effective and the greatest man to reach the whole world within the shortest period of time in the first century. When we are living our life positively God will make us and work in us effectively to be seen and heard by others as the most excellent harmonies in this planet earth. Only living such life will impact us, our surroundings, our workplace, our city, nation and nations around the world uniquely by the grace of God.

Learn to create a positive picture and visualize it and commit it to the Lord to fulfill it in His appointed time
(Psalm 37:5). The positive picture may be a vision, dream, beautiful scenery or good things that you might have experienced in your life, or a positive word of God which you received as a promise in your life. When you think about it, start to thank God and praise Him. These activities will usher you in to the peace of God that will pass all your finite understanding and will guard your heart from getting doubtful, fearful and negative (Phil 4:6-7). When you practice these things, your trust level in the ability of God will increase as time goes by. This will directly influence God to do all the good things that have been thought by Him and He will make it to come to pass in your life, because God by then will have started to materialize all His promises in His appointed time. This is the reason the Bible says, “Commit your works to the LORD, and your thoughts will be established.” (Prov 16:3). Your works are nothing but the creative thinking that God has given you in your life. By committing these faculties to the Lord by thinking positively God-ward, He will fill you and establish your mind with His heavenly thoughts. The thoughts that are described in the preceding verse are God-thoughts of peace, prosperity, comfort, wisdom, guidance, hope and a great successful future which are all the positive attributes of God (Jer 29:11; Psalm 139:17-18).

Many of you as you start to do and practice these things in your daily life, Satan will try his best to bring fear and disillusionment in to your lives. In such times resist the devil by directly speaking verbally against him in Jesus mighty name because Jesus has already given you authority over all the demons and devils that are trying to discourage you
(Luke 10:19). Say to yourself, “God has not given me the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” [personalized] (2 Tim 1:7). Fear is a spirit and it is not an emotion as some people consider it. If fear still persists, rebuke and command it to flee in Jesus name and it will. Say to the spirit of fear directly, ‘In Jesus name I rebuke you spirit of fear, go and never come back.’ David was such a man who practiced to be positive and he too fought against such demonic fear in his life. He said to God, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psa 56:3). To trust in the Lord is to believe his promises and to expectantly do what God says in His word. The Bible says “…Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). In other words it means, ‘Speak against the devil and he will run away from you because Satan is not omniscient to know your resisting thoughts, but only fears when you start to speak against him in the authority of the name of Jesus.’ He is powerless before your God who always lives inside of you. As the Bible says, “…in Him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28). In such fearful times increase your faith and calm yourself by saying, “My God who is in me is greater than all the devils and demons that are present in the world.” [Paraphrased] (1 John 4:4). Jesus also confirmed this in another place when He said, “…the kingdom [i.e. King’s dominion and authority] of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). If you choose to use the King’s authority which is inside you by using the name of Jesus against all the demons and devils that are acting against you from the pit of hell, all of its evil activities will be crushed by God under your feet with in a very short time (Rom 16:20). As the proverb says, ‘Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.’ In other words: Don’t stop doing what you are able to do with the empowerment of God, which is present inside you to make you successful in all your endeavor.

One of the poems that I have read has always been an inspiration to me. You too learn what it means to be persistent enough to be positive and enjoy the ‘winning ways’ that are our birth right in Christ Jesus. This is the real recipe for success.

Winning ways
[Part of longer poem called “it couldn’t be done” by the British–born American poet –Edgar Guest.]

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle things,
That cannot be done, and you’ll do it.

Now pray with me this prayer, ‘Father God, I have come to understand you to be a positive God. I thank you for adopting me to be a child of you and thank you for helping me to grown in your character to become mature as your son in your family to glorify you. Help me be positive all the time by believing your promises, help me victoriously conquer over all the bad and negative circumstances around me through your mighty power that works with in me. Help me live with your positive attitude all the time. Help me think and visualize good things all the time and to meditate on it all the time. I praise you that you are transforming me to be like a river out of which positive current of energy flows and feeds the multitudes. Help me to live and persist in your ‘winning ways’ which can only keep me positive and full of possibilities, to see success in this negative, gloomy and fallen world. I thank you and praise you for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus name I pray. Amen and Amen.’


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