August 17  Staying Positive

[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides].

If we take our concerns to the Lord in prayer and then continue to worry about them, we are actually contradicting our faith. Prayer is a positive force, and worry is a negative force. If we add them together, we come up with zero. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have zero power, so with God’s help, I choose not to mix prayer and worry.
Even though we want to live an effective, powerful life, many people operate with zero power because they are always mixing the positives and the negatives. They have a positive confession for a little while, then a negative confession for a little while. They pray for a little while, then they worry for a little while. They trust for a little while, then they doubt for a little while. As a result, they just go back and forth, never really making any progress.
Let’s not magnify the bad—let’s magnify the good! Let’s elevate the good things God is doing by talking about them, by being positive in our thoughts, in our attitudes, in our outlook, in our words, and in our actions.
Why not make a decision to stay positive by trusting God and refusing to worry?

Practice being positive in each situation that arises. Even if whatever is taking place at the moment is not so good, expect God to bring good out of it.

Readings: Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:34

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