Stay Positive - Optimistic

There is an epidemic of negativism today and I seem to be one who falls into just as often as the next person.  I hear things like “The economy is doomed, families are falling apart, the church is dying, the school system stinks, our country is falling apart” and, etc.  To hear people speak you would think the world is going to hell in a hand basket.  So much for the victory of Jesus! 

I even see this negativism in how we speak to ourselves; “I don’t have what it takes, my life stinks, things are bad and they are just getting worse”.

The Scripture says

If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!

Prov 11:27 NLT

Think of the humming bird and the Buzzard.  The Buzzard looks all day for death and guess what he finds.  He finds death.  The humming bird on the other hand looks all day for sweet nectar and that is exactly what he finds.   In other words what you are looking for is exactly what you will find. 

As a follower of Jesus I need to be looking at the world through the lens of Scripture and Scripture honestly should be making us Positive not negative.  So let me give you eight reasons you should be optimistic from Romans 8. (This may seem corny but it is also very true.)

1.   My sins are forgiven and my inheritance is secure.  Romans 8:1-2

2.   Jesus is at the right hand of God praying for me and you. Romans 8:34

3.   My future victory is greater than my present pain. Romans 8:18

4.   My mind is filled with the peace of God.  Romans 8:6

5.   If God is for me – Who can be against me.  Romans 8:32-33

6.   God’s Spirit helps me in times of weakness.  Romans 8:24-26

7.   God is working everything in my life for my good.  Romans 8:28

8.   Nothing can separate me from the love of God.  Romans 8:38-39

Think about that.  Why are you so negative?  The reason we are so negative is because we believe what we see more than we believe what God says.  I know that when times are hard it is hard to accept God’s word over our own feelings.  But if the Word of God is true as I believe it is then, even our own feelings need to submit to its truth. 

You are forgiven, your inheritance is secure, Jesus himself is praying for you, God’s peace is with you and if God is for you then who in this world could stand against you.  I know things can be hard, death, a loss of a job, sickness, and so many other ways we can be hurt.  But the truth is if we are his then He will even take the negatives in our life and turn them to our favor.  Nothing, absolutely nothing can separate you from the love of God. 

Let's stop being people who see the negative and lets start looking for the positive.  Remember we are to be optimistic not because of what I see but, because of what God says. 

Stay positive my friends God is on your side.