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Remaining Positive in a Negative World

Remaining positive in today's world seems difficult at times but there are things we can do to keep our spirits/attitudes on a positive note.

Don't Live In Fear

Although there is trouble on earth, God will anoint you with the oil of joy and fill you with His peace if you ask and if you make an effort to guard your heart and mind from seeing things as the world sees them.

He said, “don't fear what they fear. Don’t call a conspiracy what they call a conspiracy (Isaiah 8:12). Meaning as you look around and see what's going on in the world don't become afraid like the rest of the world. Because fear produces fretting and fretting will cause you to react to circumstances with negative energy and anger. Scripture says, human anger doesn't produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20).

Monitor What You See

In our age and culture, we need to monitor how we feel after watching certain television shows. Do we feel positive and uplifted or do we feel, sad, angry or irritated. Do we feel motivated to do good or evil to others. 

Scripture tells us to think on things that are lovely, we can't be happy and positive if we are constantly thinking about the negative things going on in the world. We can't be happy if we are thinking about the people, circumstances and situations that tick us off.

Philippians 4:8 says, "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."

Watch What You Say About Other People

Refuse to slander and take up a reproach against others (reproach means to rebuke). Rebuking others is common in our culture. We rebuke (reprehend for a fault) our co-workers, parents, friends, the president, and whoever doesn't agree with us, or think like us, but rebuking/correcting others is a task that belongs to God.

Refuse to gossip about others and talk behind their backs. The book of Proverbs tells us that the words of a talebearer not only wounds (hurts the reputation of the person being talked about) but they also wound the speaker. The words go down into the gossiper's heart, corrupting their character and making them unpleasing to God (Psalms 15 & Psalms 24).

Proverbs 18:8 says, The words of a talebearer are as dainty morsels, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Perform Positive Deeds

Do good to others and God will "do good" to you. Scripture says, when our ways are pleasing to God, He will make our enemies be at peace with us. We have enemies who want to steal our peace, joy, wealth, hope and health. But God will fight for us when our ways are pleasing to Him.

Scripture says, the eyes of the Lord run to and fro to show himself strong to those having a good heart towards Him. (2 Samuel 16:9). The word "strong" means to be mighty and good to. God is a good God and He seeks to show himself mighty and good to those following in Jesus' footsteps. Scripture says, Jesus went about doing good during His time on earth. 

Acts 10:38 says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

If we go about doing good, we set ourselves up to receive and give the gifts of peace, joy and happiness in a turbulent world.


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