Chapter 5: “Be Positive”
Joyce Meyers tell us: “ Some people are afraid to hope because they have been hurt so much in life. They have had so many disappointments, they don’t think they
can face the pain of another one. Therefore, they refuse to hope so they won’t be disappointed.
This avoidance of hope is a type of protection against being hurt. Disappointment hurts! So rather than be hurt again, many people simply refuse to hope or to believe that anything good will ever happen to them. This type of behavior sets up a negative lifestyle. Everything becomes negative because the thoughts are negative.”
Remember: Proverbs 23:7: For as he (a person) thinks in his heart, so is he….
For myself this rang true in my life I had given up on hope for the longest time, because I was tired of always putting my hope into believing that this time around things would be different, only to have everything crumble right before my eyes.
I gave up hoping that anything ever good would could come out of a wretch like me. I accepted my fate as being the woman whose life would always be known for misery, pain and grief.
There was nothing ever good to come from me because that was not my destiny. My destiny in life was to be miserable until God decided to call me out of this world.
To avoid all the pain and disappointments I buried my hope along with myself because as far as I was concern I was already dead, I was just waiting for death to get the message so I could be at peace for once and for all.
Boy am I glad that God did not listen to me because I would of have not been at peace if I had died but in Hell! Since I meet My Father two years ago He has given back my hope back but it was not easy for me to believe that everything was going to be okay right away.
I struggle everyday and even right at this moment I still struggle with believing and putting my hope in God that He will do what He says He will do for me. That no matter what happens He will take care of me no matter how bad a situation may look to me.
That God’s got my back and there is no need for me to worry, all I got to do is put my hope in Him and not in myself. And I can do this by replacing my negative thinking and replacing it with a positive ( God’s truth.)
Like Joyce as I study God’s Word I realized that my negativity had to go! Everyday I had to and still remind myself to replace my negatives with positives (His truth’s) and this is not easy for me.
Because I would rather stew for a while before I would get a good kick in the fanny from the Holy Spirit to stop it. Reminding me to stop giving the devil what he wants and start listening to God.
Remember: “Practice being positive in each situation that arises. Even if whatever is taking place in your life at the moment is not so good, expect God to bring good out of it, as He has promised in His Word.” Joyce Myers
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (KJV)
Ladies let’s not forget we got a helper to help us The Holy Spirit and we need to be asking the Holy Spirit to convict us each time we get negative. “When the conviction comes, ask God to help you. Don’t think you can change yourself. Lean on Him” Joyce Myers
Joyce Myers talk about “Evil Forebodings” and this was one definition I found:
Fearful apprehension; a feeling that something bad will happen.“with a sense of foreboding she read the note”
More informal the willies, the heebie-jeebies, the jitters, the creeps“a feeling of foreboding” premonition, presentiment, bad feeling, sneaking suspicion, funny feeling, intuition;archaic presage “their forebodings proved justified”
This one devotion I liked that explains forebodings and what we can do to not focus on the bad: http://christunlimited.com/devotionals/devote121.html
Remember: “No matter how negative you are or how long you have been that way, I know you can change because I did. It took time and “heaping helpings” of the Holy Spirit, but it was worth it. It will be worth it to you too. Whatever happens, trust in the Lord—and be positive!” Joyce Myers
I have also notice changes within me too! And I am nowhere compare to what I was like two years ago and it’s all thanks to God! Where hope was once lost because of Jesus Christ hope now reigns in my life again.
Ladies if you have the study guide please answer the questions that goes with today’s chapter. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions that you may have. God Bless To All…..
Love Always One Of God’s Children 9/5/2013