Positive Believing.

Posted: January 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As much as I associate the power of positive thinking to the cults (or the health and wealth gospel), I found time to read “The power of positive believing” and “You can’t live beyond what you believe.” The conclusion of the book I am reading is that “God wants you to accept your identity in Him and live as a child of God should. But even when you forget who you are, He still loves you. He wants you to walk in the Spirit and in faith. But even when you stumble off the path, He still loves you.”

First, I think that a good question to ask after is how do we walk in faith? (The book actually gives a guideline at chapter eight.) It is easy to be stuck with the how-to that we tend to forget that walking by faith requires nothing but faith. Indeed, faith is an action word. It is not something that we can come up with when we think about it. It is still a God-given gift. The question is how do we have faith? It is God who chooses who would be saved (Jn. 12:32). The act of having faith in order to believe is also a gift because God can choose to harden the heart just as he did with Pharaoh in the time of Moses (Rom.9:17).

Second, we should know that faith and belief are two different things. You need faith in order to believe. The word “faith” meant confidence or trust in a person (as defined by Dictionary.com). Another synonym for faith is “trust”. Hebrews 11:1 defined faith as “being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we do not see”.

Lastly, the lesson I learned here is not really about “positive believing” but of learning how to ask God to give me faith so I can believe. There are still a lot of lessons to be learned and I am keeping my mind open to the possibility that there are truths I can glean on from the book.

** Editor’s note: The book is Neil Anderson’s Victory Over Darkness (Chapter 6)

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