The power of positive thinking jumps to a whole new level when we add the Christ-factor.
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13
When we’re in His will, He strengthens us to do everything. What could be more positive?
Some say, “I know He wants us to love all people, even difficult people, and to praise him in the midst of all circumstances, even crazy family circumstances, but do you really think it’s possible to stay Christ-like, self-controlled and patient when life falls apart?”
As a sensitive, easily-rattled person prone to ask this herself, I can tell you the answer stays the same.
“Everything is possible with God.” Mark 10:27
Satan infects us with darts of doubt as he whispers, “Impossible. You’re not going to make it. You’ll mess up. No-can-do.” But what does God say?
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Prov 4:23
Heart guard starts with a fair share of prayer. And guess what? The Lord’s prayer covers all the main areas of our hearts and lives.
- Lord, above all things, we start by acknowledging you as our Holy Father.
- It’s all about Your Kingdom and Your perfect will being done in our lives.
- When we ask, You are faithful to sustain us and give us what we need this day.
- We ask for Your ongoing forgiveness, just as you ask us to forgive others.
- Keep us from arrows of temptation. Deliver us from evil, both inside and out.
- For in You, lives the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen!
How can we not be positive when we believe God answers such prayers?
When we prayerfully press into Him in this way, He chases out selfishness and helps us love Him and others. Then when the day of evil comes, we’re prepared by the power of the Holy Spirit to cling to His Word, trusting we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. Whether the present or future appears bright or bleak, we’re filled with supernatural hope, knowing we’re safe in the Potter’s loving hands and purposes.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:4-7