Christians are familiar with the proverb: “As he thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). This proverbs suggests that whatever you think, you become. In this sense positive thinking refers to confidence in your actions, beliefs and abilities. Therefore thinking positively is the key to a successful and fulfilling life.
Can you answer these questions?
• What are your thoughts like?
• Do you think positively or negatively most of the time?
• What is causing you to think the way you do?
• What do your thoughts tell you?
• How do you respond to your thoughts?
Research has shown that negative thoughts are stronger than positive ones. It is actually easier to think negative than to think positive. The reason for this depends on a number of things, such as a person’s childhood, the environment they live in, the people they hang out with, the music they listen to and the movies they watch. But whatever conditions and circumstances a person finds himself, he has the ability to learn and grow from them. While negative thoughts can be helpful in the short run in empowering a person to achieve their goals, consistent negative thinking can do more damage than good in the long run.
The Law of Attraction in Positive Thinking
Positive thoughts have a lively effect, and the people around the person with positive thoughts feel energized. However, negative thoughts drain energy, not only on the person carrying the negative thoughts, but of those around them too. A positive attitude attracts people, while negative attitudes turn them off. If you consistently carry a negative attitude and outlook, people would shy away from you.
I am sure you have heard about the law of attraction. According to this law, like energy attracts like energy. Thoughts and feelings are energy, so whatever you think and feel attract energy of the same frequency. Therefore if you are always angry, sad, pessimistic, or worried, you will attract negative energy. But if you are consistently happy, optimistic, and in good spirits, you will attract positive energy in your life.
Now I want to clarify that the law of attraction is a spiritual law. God created the energy that makes up living and non-living things and it is through God’s power that the law of attraction draws like energies throughout the universe. We are told in Philippians 4:8 to think about
“whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, and anything that is excellent or praiseworthy…”
Also note Job 22:28:
“You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you”.
This means whatever you say or “affirm” will come to pass. That’s why whatever you think and say must be of a positive nature.
Faith in the Law of Attraction
An important component of God’s law of attraction is faith. You must believe that whatever you ask for, you will receive.
But whatever you ask for must be aligned with God’s will for your life. Allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you in everything you do, assures you of doing God’s will, and having faith that the outcome you want will be positive. When you think good thoughts and maintain your faith in God by heeding his Word, you will bear good fruit, and by bearing good fruit, your faith strengthens, meaning, you are motivated to continue working toward your goals.
Transform the way you think
Whether you carry a positive or negative attitude all depends on you. If you choose to consistently focus on the negative, you will develop a negative attitude, but if you choose to focus on positive things, you will more than likely develop a positive attitude on life. A positive attitude starts with a healthy self-image. If you are satisfied with who you are, then you are confident and self-assured. But a consistent negative attitude means you lack self-confidence and self-esteem.
Some of the benefits to a positive attitude are:
1. It promotes good health, which studies have proven
2. You gain more trusted friends, since people would enjoy being around you
3. You will be able to handle stress and other problems more effectively
4. You will be motivated to achieve your goals.
It is God’s will that you live a good, happy and abundant life. But it starts by changing the way you think, by renewing your mind.
“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
There is nothing to lose by adopting a healthy, positive attitude, and accepting God’s spiritual law of attraction will help you attract the blessings God wishes for you.