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Vantage Point: Positive Thinking, Bible Style

By Ken Horn
July 11, 2010

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

“You can talk your dreams into reality.”

“You live what you say.”

We have all heard slogans like these … sometimes from pulpits. They are exciting, morale-boosting catchphrases that can lift the spirits. But there’s a problem.

They’re not true as stated.

The psychological mind-over-matter philosophy is wrong. And the pop theology that sprang from that mindset is also wrong. But there is a biblical version of positive thinking that is 100 percent right on — and Christians should practice it every day.

The apostle Paul gave us the needed directions: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8, NKJV).

You can’t find better advice for vigorous, successful Christian living anywhere. A lifestyle that includes a large dose of thinking about good things is transforming. And it will help you make your dreams a reality … if your dreams are from God.

With current world and national problems, too many believers have spirits full of negativity. Be informed. Have strong opinions. But fill your mind with thoughts of things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report … anything virtuous or praiseworthy. This is the Bible’s version of positive thinking. It’s not trying to convince yourself; it is filling your spirit with the best possible thoughts and believing in faith for God’s will.

Try living in Philippians 4:8 for a few days. You will find this is one habit you won’t want to break. The verse does not promise wealth or a solution to all your problems. But if you heed it, your mind, spirit and body will benefit.

Why not try positive thinking, Bible style?

Ken Horn

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