How to Keep a Positive Mindset as a Christian
The etymology of the word positive.
(Old French positif)- Laws being formally laid down
(Latin positvus)- Settled by agreement
(Latin ponere)- To put or place
Whether you believe in God or not, one thing we can all agree on is life will have its ups and downs. You get to choose how you react to those down moments. Reacting just as negatively as your circumstance makes you feel creates a spiritual plague. For example, a customer curses you out at work, then later, you are short with your coworker because you are still agitated. Little did you know your coworker was already having issues of their own and then they take it out on their child. Now the child is crying themselves to sleep trying to figure out why “mommy doesn’t love me.” What if this spiritual plague was nipped in the bud by exercising the mindset of positivity?
My enemy chased me. He has knocked me to the ground and forces me to live in darkness like those in the grave. I am losing all hope; I am paralyzed with fear.
The mind is a powerful place. Our thoughts dictate our emotions and actions. When your whole mood is disrupted by negative thinking, it can immobilize you. You were supposed to be productive, but all of a sudden you cannot get out of bed.
The enemy of our mind, who is Satan, knows this. This is why if Satan can get one disruptive thought to ruin your entire plans, he can win the battle in your mind. All he needs is a thought to produce spiritual seeds of destruction. This is how he attacks God's chosen people from moving forward in their destiny. Fortunately, God calls us to victory over our thoughts.
I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works and think about what you have done. I lift my hands to you in prayer. I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain.
Are you turning your thoughts around towards the light of Christ or remaining in the darkness of Satan? If the mind is a battlefield, then you have to constantly fight those thoughts that are coming against you and the plans God has for your life. Satan will try to paralyze you with fear, but you have to fight with faith.
“There is no way out.”
“I am going to be in this situation forever.”
“I am not good enough.”
“God will make a way and I can’t wait to see it.”
“God is with me in this situation. He is going to bring me through and out of it as a stronger person.”
“I am not perfect, but God qualifies me.”
Which voice is louder in your mind, faith or fear?
David, a man acquainted with depression, gives a few tips to keeping a positive mindset. He reflects on the amazement of God and what He has already done. I don’t know about you, but I have seen God move in amazing ways in my life and in others. I can sit for days just thinking about these things. Secondly, David praises and worships God. Praising and worshiping God is a sure-fire way of keeping your thoughts focused on Him and not on the negative intrusive thoughts. David realizes God is the only one who can heal his brokenness, mend his pain, and restore his soul.
So, are you following the commands God has laid down for you or straying away from His path?
Are you settling in your mind to agree with what God says or to what the enemy throws at you?
Are you putting your full trust and placing your confidence in God or letting fear paralyze you?
Positivity starts in the mind as thoughts yet has a great impact on the direction and outcome of your life.
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