Oh, the power of positivity! We see these posts everywhere, right? Especially with it being the new year, I see “New Year, New You: Be Positive This Year” everywhere I look. Even still, and it is February.
The problem with the Power of Positivity way of thinking is that it leads to a Health and Wealth thought of Christianity. To be completely sincere, prosperity and positivity are not what Christianity is all about at it’s core. Just because you think you should be the most successful person on the face of the planet does not mean you will be. Read the book of Job for crying out loud! Honestly, you cannot create anything by just thinking it. Moreover, we cannot do anything outside of God.
You may be thinking, “Lady, are you crazy? Your verse for the day is Philippians 4:8.” Okay, I might be crazy, but that topic of discussion is for another time. Just hear what I have to say before you throw your virtual stones! First, let’s take a look at the verse.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, about these things.”
What It Says About The Power of Positivity:
It sounds like I am telling you to use the power of positivity, doesn’t it? Well, not really because I am telling you to use what is true. Not necessarily what is positive because something can be positive without being true! I can tell myself I can fit into that size 7 shoe because they are the cutest ones I have ever seen, but that doesn’t make it true! Being true means it is real and authentic. Reality tells me I will not fit in a size 7 shoe because my foot is too big and my toes would be too cramped to walk! We studied truth several weeks ago and came to the conclusion the Bible is true. Therefore, we must think about what the Bible tells us because it is true, and our positivity will follow from our confidence in knowing the truth of the Bible.
Furthermore, I am saying we, as Christians, should think about what is honorable and just. It means we should live by bringing acknowledgment back to God in a way in which it is guided with truth and rightness according to the Scriptures. We should also be thinking pure thoughts, lovely thoughts and commendable thoughts, and we should be thinking thoughts which come from God, delightful thoughts and thoughts worthy of God’s presence. It’s not about positivity because it’s about being in God’s presence and being so caught up in worshipping Him, we don’t even need to think positively because we automatically do it.
Now this idea takes some action on our part. I know, I know, I am going to talk about it again! Nonetheless, I have to talk about how we can accomplish this task!
How? I’m so glad you asked!
- Put away past sinful behaviors. Get away from reading the dirty jokes, obsessing over money, pornography, violent television, gossip, boasting or whatever it is causing you to sin.
- Feed the Holy Spirit. Read the Bible. Pray. Listen to sermons. Sing worship songs. Memorize scripture. Spend time with other Christians. Read Christian books.
So let us, as Christians, stop looking to the power of positivity and start look at the power of God in order for positivity to seep from our pores.
God, thank You for always being true. Forgive me for not living with an urgency to bring You glory. Create in me a pure heart, O God. May I honor You with my life. Help me to live according to Your Word and not this world. Help me to have thoughts which gratify you and help me to run from thoughts which do not. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What do you need to do to let positivity from God shine through in your life?
See you next week!