Positive attitude based on …
We hear a lot about having a positive attitude. How a positive attitude will help us in achieving our goals. Mind is everything. We become what we think. So think success. Think money. Think power. To be honest, I had tried all these. I tried those self-help books designed to make a millionaire, books meant to make me successful in everything I do, books that kept hammering that “I am born to win” and books that should have made me the most powerful leader in the world.
Positive attitude is good. But to have a positive attitude, we should have the right foundation. If the foundation is wrong, then our attitude will achieve things with unpleasant consequences.
For us, Christians, the positive attitude should be based on two things: 1. On the grace of our LORD that He explicated on the Cross when the LORD gave His only Son Jesus Christ as an atonement for our sins. 2. That our attitude should bring glory to God and we should honor Him in all the blessings we receive through our attitude.
There are three people who had a positive attitude in the Bible. One of them had suffered complications while the other two rejoiced by the outcomes of their attitude. We will look at the first person who suffered because of her positive attitude now.
1. Rachel. Her husband had 10 sons through his other wives, but Rachel did not have any sons. Finally the LORD listened to her prayers and she got a son for her husband when Jacob was 91 years old. And, Rachel rejoiced, but her joy was not about the LORD. There were only two things her mind was on.
“God has taken away my disgrace.” – Genesis 30:23 (NIV). While it is not wrong to declare what the LORD has done to us, we should remember something that John the Baptist proclaimed: “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30 (AMP) That should be the goal of all our proclamation. But Rachel was looking towards her than the LORD. We can see how Hannah praised (she also had the same problem that Rachel had) in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 and see how she magnified the LORD. Compared to Hannah, Rachel should have praised the LORD more because her disgrace was greater. But, she just says one line and moves on to the second thing.
“May the LORD add to me another son.” – Genesis 30:24 (NIV) This is what generally taught about positive attitude. If you want something, keep saying it repeatedly. Paint a mental image, keep it in your mind. Say it again and again. All these. And, probably Rachel was the first one to do and achieve that. The name she gives her son was ‘Joseph’ which literally means “May the LORD add another son”. Whenever she called the name of her son, she was trying this positive attitude teaching. Whenever someone called out the name of Joseph, they were saying that may the LORD add another son to Rachel. And it did work. She became pregnant again.
Rachel did not put the LORD first. She did not glorify Him as she should have. When the LORD finally removed her disgrace, she was more interested in adding another son. How many times we have done this?
We will be praying for something for a long time. Finally when the LORD answers, what do we do? Just one small “Thank You LORD” and then we start with the next prayer. We totally forgot how bad our situation was before. We don’t want to look back and thank the LORD for His wonderful grace. Because we want more. We need more. So, instead of stopping for a second and praising the LORD, we move on with our next prayer request, keep asking for it till we get the next one. But remember something.
Rachel did get her next son. But the Bible tells us very clearly about what happened. Rachel gave birth with great difficulty. She was in so much pain and the child birth had exhausted all her energy and she was dying as the son she wanted so much, the son she got because of her positive attitude was being born. And as she was dying, she names him “Ben-Oni”, which means “The son of my sorrows”.
Something that should have been a moment of tremendous joy had become a moment of sorrow. She was waiting for this moment, but when the moment came, her life ended in severe pain and misery.
Of course, I am not saying that the LORD is going to punish us with death and sorrow if we do not give Him the glory He deserves. If that is the case, I would have been dead loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong ago. The LORD we worship is the true living God, He loves us and He is full of grace and slow to anger.
What I am saying is when we have a positive attitude that is not based on the grace of God and that is not attuned to bring glory to God, then when we achieve our goals, there will be an extra baggage attached to our success – sorrow and pain. I had experienced it so many times. Because these blessings did not come from the LORD. It came from our own hard work and self-belief.
Put your trust in the LORD. Have a positive attitude because the LORD is our Eternal Rock. And, when He blesses you, you will be successful, wealthy, rich and prosperous and the LORD adds no sorrow or trouble unto it. Amen.
|Ecclesiastes 11:5“As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.”
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Posted on May 16, 2013, in Christian Life, Daily Manna, Strong Tower and tagged blessings, Christian attitude, David, Hannah, Jesse, Joseph, LORD, Obed, Positive attitude, prosperous, Rachel, Ruth, Samuel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.