Staying positive can be an incredibly hard thing to achieve in life. Outside pressures, can weigh heavily upon us, and even change our attitudes and behaviours to those around us. Have you noticed that when you have a hard day at work or you have had a very difficult decision to make, that this tends to flow over into other areas of your life, for instance we snap at out families over the smallest mistakes, that just don’t need that kind of response.
A negative attitude breads more negative attitudes. Where as a positive attitude creates even more positivity in you and those whom you come into contact with.
There is so much negativity in the world, and instead of letting it get us down, what are we going to do is to Stay Positive! We are NOT going to be critical and we are NOT going to find reasons to be negative. What we have been doing is to look at six different biblical qualities that help us to be positive. (Last months newsletter had the following Biblical qualities, that help us to stay positive)
We started with being optimistic, then we moved onto being grateful, we looked at being encouraging and also how to stay positive by using the Biblical principle of being generous. So, what I would like to do now is to look at the final 2 Biblical qualities that will help you stay positive.
… Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.
1 Corinthians 15:58 NLT
Many people think that being enthusiastic is just a mood that you have about life. For instance, you could be enthusiastic about football, or cross-stitch, maybe you are enthusiastic about gardening. For many people enthusiasm is a mood that you have however “Enthusiasm isn’t just a mood. It’s a spiritual result of an intimate relationship with God.”
Enthusiasm comes from:
• Trusting God daily.
• Walking with God daily.
• Worshipping God daily.
To find out more about Biblical enthusiasm read the following scriptures about godly enthusiasm.
Philippians 1:18-22 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Philippians 4:4 1 Peter 3:13
Having confidence is incredibly important. With confidence you are able to do things that you have never done before, to face the unknown. However, what I would like to say is that there is a difference between self-confidence and God-confidence. The Message translation states the 1 Corinthians 10:12 … Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.
Three Truths to Help You Cultivate God Confidence
1. My God is always for me.
2. My God always helps me.
3. My God is still working in me.
Ultimately we don’t live for God’s approval. We live from His approval. And this is where we get our Confidence.
As we look towards being a more generous and positive person, what practical things can we do? What is something that you can start, stop, or change this week in order to live more generously?