Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Positive Thinking

When we constantantly tell ourselves we can't, we won't.

God is the inventer of positive thinking and gives us the secret to overcoming negative self-talk, lack of confidence, low self esteem, a critical spirit, etc.

God is right, we must think differently by thinking rightly.

In Phil. 4-6-8, we get some good stuff.  If we practice this good stuff, we will eliminate a lot of bad stuff in our personal lives and in the world around us.

Phil. 4:6:  God commands us to stop worrying and talk to Him about anything that causes us anxiety.  By the way stress can lead to medical problems such as high blood pressure.  
Have you noticed that when we are diagnosed with health problems, the doctor includes avoiding stress in our treatment plan.
The prescription to worrying and stress is: Talk to God about it (all of it).

Phil. 4:7:  God promises us an indescribable peace to guard or protect our hearts from the burdens of worry and stress.  Peace is calmness that comes from knowing that our resources in Jesus are more than enough to get us through every situation.

Phil. 4:8: God commands us to refocus our thinking.  Instead of worrying we need to talk to God (v. 6).
Instead of continuing along the same line of negative thinking, think on the positive.
Even in tough, sad, and devastating situations, find the positive and think on the positive.  Set your heart and mind on the positive and stay there.  Yes we need to see the negative and we need to see what can be improved, but we must set our thinking on the positive.

Here is the Phil. 4:6-8 passage:

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

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