Power of Positive Thinking or Positive Believing?

As Christians, we often to leave so much on the table. Even though we read in the Bible how dynamic the Christian life actually is, we dumb our daily walk down to our limited capabilities and perceptions rather than conduct ourselves in the power and capacity of God. 

In Matthew 17, immediately after Jesus experienced His “mountain top” transfiguration, He encountered disciples who had little faith14 When they came to the crowd, a man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, 16 I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him.” 17 And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was healed at once. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 And He said to them, “Because of your meager faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  The disciples could not heal this man’s suffering child “because of meager faith.”  Afterwards, Jesus told His disciples that “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”  We have the capacity of the resurrected Jesus within us; yet we live in unbelief operating in the energy of the flesh.  “Dunamis”, the Greek word used in the original New Testament usually translated “power”, is the word from which “dynamite” are “dynamic” are derived. Our faith should render “explosive, vital results.”  Do others say that about us?

Hebrews 11:1 states, Now faith is the certainty of things expected, a proof of things not seen.  John 15:7 declares, “If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  When God’s words remain in you, you know what’s on His heart.  Then, our faith brings God’s “dunamis” to life.  This is the power of positive believing.  It is much more “dynamic” than the power of positive thinking.  One is based on the power of God and the other is based on the capacity of our mind.  No comparison!

The choice is yours…live in “the power of positive thinking” or abide in Him living in “the power of positive believing.”

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