The Error of Positive Thinking


Cover of "Today God Is First"
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The Error of Positive Thinking

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman

Monday, September 17 2012
…”Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty.Zechariah 4:6

God‘s people should be the most positive, joyful people on earth. This joy should be a by-product of a healthy, intimate relationship with Jesus. In today’s business climate, we are barraged with every possible means of becoming more productive workplace believers. Positive thinking and self-help philosophy are promoted as tools for workplace believers to fulfill their potential and overcome the mountains in their lives. God calls each of us to be visionary leaders, but we must be careful that vision is born out of His Spirit, not the latest self-help program. These ideas lead us away from dependence on God to a self-based psychology designed to give us more power, prosperity, and significance.

The result is heresy. Our faith in God becomes faith in faith. It is born out of hard work and diligence rather than obedience to God’s Spirit. The problem lies in that these philosophies sound good, and can even be supported by Bible verses. Beware of anything that puts the burden of performance on you rather than God. There are times in our lives when God doesn’t want us to climb every mountain. Sometimes He wants us to go around. Knowing the difference is the key to being a man or woman led by the Spirit.

God has called us to affect the workplace through His Spirit, not by our might. Have you tapped into the real power source of the soul? Ask the Lord to reveal and empower you through His Spirit today. Then you will know what real positive thinking is.
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3 thoughts on “The Error of Positive Thinking

  1. I am a positive person but I know that of myself I am useless and will achieve nothing much at all – and nothing spiritually. Quite often when God asks me to do something, I tell Him “I can’t do that!” He agrees with me and assures me that He in me can – and He does!

    So I am a positive person because I have faith in an omnipotent God who delights to work in and through His children to achieve His purpose.

    What an amazing God!


  2. First and for most thank you for stopping and making a comment, “God has given us a free will and expects us to be positive stewards with that will.”->Bible States Be a “GOOD stewards”,
    “God has given us a free will “, yes and it is with that “free will” that we surrender to Him. You are correct when you say “we have some of the responsibility too ….” Yes we are responsible to not forget by ourselves we have accomplished nothing ……………


  3. As a Christian, I agree with your philosophy here. On the other hand, God has given us a free will and expects us to be positive stewards with that will. I believe part of that responsibility is using it to create positive thoughts that are good, holy, etc (see Philippians 4). It is our Godly relationship and dependence that is most important, but I believe we have some of the responsibility too in maintaining a positive frame of mind.


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