Battlefield of the Mind – Chapter 5
by Joyce Meyer
Being positive is not always easy. It sure is easy to be positive when everything is going right. When your well-laid plans smoothly play out the way you wanted. When things just seem to fall into place…. being positive almost comes naturally in these circumstances. But, what about when life is difficult? When our plans go astray? When life takes turns we could not even imagine? Being positive in these situations is even more important and it is also all the more challenging.
Our thoughts, either positive or negative, effect our words, choices, and ultimately our life. Keeping positive thoughts in all circumstances will produce faith and hope and will draw us and keep us closer to God. Keeping negative thoughts when life is tough will produce doubt and fear and draw us away from God. God wants us to lay our doubts and fears on Him and live in peace. The devil wants us to harbor our doubts and fears because he knows it will put a wedge between us and God.
Sometimes we have be burned before and we don’t want to be burned again. So, we avoid getting our hopes up. Can you think of a situation when this has happened? For example, a teen really enjoys playing basketball and wants to try out for the team. However, she knows the competition is fierce and she doubts she will make the team. She convinces herself to not even try out. This way, when she doesn’t make the team, it won’t hurt so bad. She can’t be disappointed if she doesn’t try out… In this situation, she has lost hope. She hasn’t even given herself a chance. She is avoiding the entire situation. The avoidance of hope sets her up for a negative life. (See Proverbs 23:7) She is afraid to hope for fear of being hurt and disappointed.
Matthew 8:13 tells us that as we believe, it will be done. If you believe negative thoughts, that is what you will see. If you believe positive thoughts, with God’s help and in his perfect timing, you will see your life bearing positive fruit. We need to align ourselves with God’s perfect plan for us. If we don’t know God’s plan, we need to ask him through prayer to reveal it to us. We also need to trust that God loves us, and whatever His plan is, we will be blessed. Romans 8:28 reminds us that God causes everything to work together for the good. Even when there seems to be just turmoil, even when we have hit rock bottom, we need to trust that God will pull good out of the situation and we will see it play out in days, months, years even…
Practice positive thinking in your life. Even if you situation at the moment is not so good, expect God to bring good out of it, as He has promised in His Word.
The hardest part of being a negative person is admitting it and being willing to change. You need to ask the Holy Spirit to convict you each time you start a negative thought. Ask God to help you change that thought to a positive one.
As we focus on being more positive in all circumstances, it is also important to remain realistic. If you know the odds are stacked against you, recognize that. That doesn’t mean give up, it means try hard and keep going, but understand this time it may or may not work out, and that’s ok. You must believe that God works out good in all things.
We must also have ready minds – minds open to God’s will for our lives. We need to be realistic and face the facts, have a ready and open mind, and stay positive!
I conclude today with hope. Don’t ever stop hoping. Hope is the anchor to the soul. It is the force that keeps us steady in times of difficulty. Hope keeps our faith going and keeps us close to God.
So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you His love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help.