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Actually, the Bible gave us some good advice as to how we could stay in God’s peace continually. But oh, on our own we might find it pretty difficult to follow what Paul told the Philippians as he said,
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (Phil 4:6-9 KJV)
It seems to me that ‘Positive Thinkers’, esp. of the Christian kind, took part of these verses and gave them a completely new meaning they originally did not have. Just giving you a few examples in the form of quotes here.
You never suffer from a money problem, you always suffer from an idea problem. […] Our greatest lack is not money for any undertaking, but rather ideas. If the ideas are good, cash will somehow flow to where it is needed. (Robert H. Schuller)
If you want peace in your life, give peace to others. Walk in love. Be quick to forgive and overlook offense. […] If you will keep your words in agreement with God’s Word, they will change your natural circumstances. (Gloria Copeland)
In the same sense you can hear Gloria Copeland’s husband saying,
By getting the Word deep into your spirit and speaking it boldly out your mouth, you release spiritual power to change things in the natural circumstances. (Kenneth Copeland)
Give voice to the ‘Word of Faith’ and you can manipulate everything you want to have changed in your life. Some readers might remember this direction of misusing God’s Word… Well, I could have quoted another couple here. Maybe, I should?
If you want to reap financial blessings, you have to sow financially. […] It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt. (Joel Osteen)
I think everyone can see the contradiction of what had just been said here: You ‘sow’ your money into such preachers’ (financial) interests and then you shall yourself live in prosperity?? Alas, the opposite is true. Only those who preach the prosperity gospel get rich at the expense of those who ‘invest’ their tithes and donate. 😦
When you have an optimistic attitude and you believe that God is guiding you, that you will find the good things in your life and that you will lead to good relationships and good people in your life. And you can make the most of what he’s given you. (Victoria Osteen)
This quote above is even unbiblical. Jesus told us that there were NO good people on earth since “No one is good except God alone.” (Lk 18:19 ESV) Furthermore, our Lord promised those who followed Him a good deal of problems, including persecution, even through their own families.
If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (Joh 15:18-20 ESV)
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. (Mt 10:34-36 ESV)
Some might already think, ‘That’s all very well, but what is the answer to why Positive Thinking does not work?’ Brothers and sisters, it is so simple. These Bible verses from Philippians speak of spiritual life and tell us to direct our thought life toward eternal things which NEVER perish, or in Paul’s words, “we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Cor 4:18 ESV). All good things come from above, from our God of love, right? So, if we, for instance, focus on these things we have experienced with Him – no matter how much or how little it was – “the God of peace shall be with” us. This is a promise!
If that is not positive, I don’t know. The errors in reasoning Positive Thinkers make are that they apparently drop God in the first place. Instead, they rivet their thinking and doing on people and on earthly things which both perish. Whether it is money, success, happiness, health, relationships, jobs, etc., these things are NOT eternal and therefore we cannot remain in a positive mood when we focus on things that are subject to change. However, God alone Who is Spirit is eternal and HE never changes! As we focus on Him and the spiritual life He provides in the Holy Spirit, we are rewarded by Him with continued peace. Dear reader, that is biblical!
Prayer, supplication, thanksgiving, thinking about these positive things we experienced because God has been in our lives, that will finally make us happy, or rather joyful as Paul repeated several times,
“Rejoice IN the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.” (Phil 4:1 ESV – emphasis added)
Outside of the Lord and His Spirit, this kind of permanent joy will never, never, never be found!!! May Satan not deceive us with these aforementioned ‘lovely lies’ that have permeated many churches and have thus found their way into many Christians’ minds and hearts, too.
Whether this particular blog post means that I will keep posting articles, I don’t know. Just lately as I would be able to spend more time with God, He gave me two confirmations about future preaching the gospel of Christ, signs that were accompanied by deep joy and peace. The number for preaching of the gospel is 27, and the number for Christ is 777. At first I found these numbers last week on my bank statement in the total sum. Unexpectedly, the day before yesterday as I looked at the only building close to the public outdoor pool in Fürth, I suddenly detected the house number, which was 27. 😉 The license plate of the only car that stood in front the house displayed as its only number 777. That really made me grin!! 🙂 Also, God seems to give me now more revelations in a pretty short time than He did before. Nonetheless, I am still hell-bent on listening to His guidance, so I try to not rush on ahead of Him regarding my conclusions.
Please note: Short responses are welcome, lengthy deliberations only if they were Spirit-led. False spirits will be rejected just as phony comments will be deleted.