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The Error of Positive Thinking

Many years ago, before I was walking with the Lord each day, I purchased a popular self help program off of late night television. It included a book along with video and audio tapes. The author stated that you could become successful in any endeavor if you followed his tried and true methods of positive thinking…what a bunch of bologna!

After several months and lots of wasted money, it became apparent that I had fallen for one of the modern day snake oil salesman. I was no better off than when I started the program…other than a few hundred dollars poorer for my efforts.

While I would work my way to the top of my career field in the military, I would not understand the supernatural hand of our Lord in my life until I returned to the Fathers house on March 3rd, 2001. Once I released my life to Him, everything changed.

The mascot for MotorManiaTV is a frog, he is referred to as ‘the Maniac’. Why did we pick a frog? Instead of looking to our own strengths for success, we Fully Rely On God (F.R.O.G.) for guidance and direction. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Our Father has proven Himself faithful in our lives, you can trust Him.


The Error of Positive Thinking
by Os Hillman

…”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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