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11//16/16 - Wrong thinking!

Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.

My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long,
       though I know not its measure.

I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
  Psalm 71:14-16

What about you? Are you a person who thinks about all the things that could go wrong in your life?  When you do this, your attitude will become cynical.  Even when everything goes right, you can find something wrong, because you have been practicing, in your mind, all the things that could go wrong. 

For you to be justified in your negative thinking, you have to find something wrong.  I do not know about you, but it is hard to be around negative-thinking and cynical people.  They can eventually take all the joy and happiness away from you.  At the same time, I hope that I never become one of those negative thinkers.  They are “takers” rather than “givers” of life and life more abundantly.

This happens all of the time in marriages where the relationship between husband and wife is so significant.  One spouse begins to believe that the other spouse cannot do anything right…they always require your opinion on why things are so lousy.  If you think long enough on these negative thoughts, they will be translated into how you define your love for your spouse.  This will become a huge problem in marriages or in any other relationship. 

I know that some of you are thinking that it feels good to you to receive all of the attention from others, because your negative thinking brings you down.  This kind of thinking is the epitome of selfishness.  We have too many Christians who only want for others to feel sorry for them or to do things for them to try to make them feel better.  This kind of Christian has no idea that God has called them to sacrifice themselves for others.  They are only in it for the attention they get.

On the other hand, a Believer, who always hopes, has their focus on God…not on justifying their own thinking.  The verses above encourage you to praise God and to tell others about Him and His work in your life.  By acknowledging God in everything about your life, you will be living a life full of hope.  Negative thoughts do not occupy your mind.  I am talking about the truth about God and His work in your life.

Some of you may be thinking to yourself that such a person is living a life full of “fantasy.”  You can’t stand to see other joyful Christians.  Do you hear the cynicism in that thinking?  If this thought comes to your mind – STOP IT!!  Think on God!!  Again, you are only trying to justify what you think and not what God has said in His Word about giving you an abundant life. 

Practice the spiritual reality of God in your life and an attitude of hope will consume your life, so that there is no room for cynical thinking.  Get your mind off yourself and this world and put it on the things that are above…God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Finally, I am not talking about the power of positive thinking.  I am talking about putting your trust in God and His sovereignty.  God is in control and He loves you, and He desires a deep personal relationship with you.  This relationship will not happen as long as your thoughts are on you.  Instead, think on God!  (From Life-Changing Verses, Volume 3, Chapter 23)

Note: To the first 10 people who send me their physical address, I will send information on electronically receiving a free copy of Life-Changing Verses, Volume 3.

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