Positive Thinking and Faith

faith and positive thinking

The following article was written by Pam. She is passionate about helping people attain financial freedom by providing money saving tips and promoting effective money management. Find out more at Pennysaverblog.com.

The Power Of Positive Thinking

Written more than five decades ago, Norman Vincent Peale’s book The Power of Positive Thinking contains wisdom that can still be applied in our lives today. The book contains many stories and illustrations of how people’s lives dramatically improved after they changed their way of thinking. Rather than giving in to the struggles in life, these people overcame their issues through faith and changing their frame of mind.

According to the author, “It is a well-defined and authentic principle that what the mind profoundly expects it tends to receive.” In other words, if you think you are going to fail, you likely will. The good news is that if you believe that you will succeed, you likely will.

faith and positive thinkingThe way we think about ourselves and the world will determine how well we perform in life. Whether we realize it or not, it is our attitude towards life which is far more important than our circumstances. You may be struggling financially and think it will never end, but don’t give up hope. Instead, believe that you will find a way to get back on your feet again.

Faith and Positive Thinking

Although your current financial struggles may be very real obstacles in your life right now, they may not be as bad as they seem. We often make “a mountain out of a molehill” and it is important to have faith so you can see past those hurdles. Be sure to have a positive mental attitude and you will be equipped to face the challenges ahead of you.

An example of the power of the mind that Peale told from his own experience was a time when he went golfing with a friend who was both a philosopher and an avid golfer. Peale hit a ball into the rough where there was some tall grass. His immediate response to this was that it would be difficult to make his next shot. His wise friend, however, made him see things differently. He had him look closely at the situation and made him see that the grass was actually very fine and that it wouldn’t prevent him from making a good shot after all. With this new perspective on the situation, Peale was able to make a clean shot. His wise friend reminded him that “The rough is only mental … it is rough because you think it is.”

Importance of meditating on the Word

Peale’s own experiences as well as those of many others recounted in his book show time and time again the importance of staying positive. The way he taught others to stay positive was to read and meditate on the Word of God and to memorize some encouraging Bible verses that talk about faith, power, and overcoming fear. He encouraged others to always acknowledge God as the source of their energy and strength each day.

He also told of a businessman whose business was failing fast who decided to ask God to be his business partner. From then on, his business was a success. If you are currently a business owner or are thinking of starting one up, you might want to consider doing the same. As strange as it may sound to think of God as your partner, God does know the ins and outs of your business better than you do.

Remember, “We build up the feeling of insecurity or security by how we think.” You need to believe that you will overcome your financial struggles. You need to believe that you can become a successful entrepreneur. You need to believe that with God all things are possible.

Positive Thinking Bible Verses

Here are some of the Bible verses that Peale suggested you memorize if you want to become a positive thinker:

“If God be for us, who can be against us?”  (Romans 8:31)

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29)

“According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

What have you done to stay positive in tough times?

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  1. Not all Bible verses are positive, and I’ve been beating myself up with one for a long time. And recently another verse has been troubling me.

    How do you balance the Good News and that which is not so good?

  2. In response to Terry’s comment: You’re right. Not all Bible verses are positive. God often uses his Word to speak to us, so it’s possible that the verses you are thinking of may have a specific meaning for something that needs to be changed in your life. Ask God to reveal to you what He is trying to say. Believe in faith that He will shed some light on the situation.

  3. The Bible and the contents within it are not meant to be a weapon used to make you feel bad or anyone else. The Bible is much more like a shield. It is the ultimate protection from the forces of evil. With that said, it is also a steadfast reminder of how to get back on the path towards godliness. So, don’t beat yourself up anymore. What is in the past is in the past. Start working on the things that you need to change, and start today…I will be joining you. Listen to Pam’s advice also. Terry, If you happen to be reading Corinthians for example where Paul is laying down the smack on the Corinthian church, keep in mind he is not condemning them, and neither should you condemn yourself. He is not writing a letter that says, “Sorry guys, that was your last chance, there is not hope for you.” But Paul is saying “come on guys, get your act together.” The fact that you posted a comment means that your heart is in the right place for change, and that is a very good thing. Concerning balancing the good and bad. Consider the Psalms, which is basically a collection of how the Israelites where feeling. Much of that book is not so positive, but it is balanced with some uplifting verses as well. The point is that you balance by always looking for the positive, the not so positive will find you :)

  4. I’m convinced that our positive attitude comes from God. Our pastor spoke today about how instead of saying Why God during tough times we say How God. I thought this was a great example of trying to understand How God would use tough situations to ultimately work in His plan to achieve the best for our lives. The thought that we have God on our side even during the toughest situations should bring a positive spirit out. It is not always easy of course. I like how Peale suggested reciting Philipians 4:13 during tough times. I referenced his book and the power of positive thinking in an earlier post: http://tiny.cc/Peale
    In reference to your section on meditating on the Word, the Bible states it clearly in Joshua 1:8 says “…meditate on it (the Word) day and night…”. Thanks for the great post.

  5. Olivia

    Perhaps I’m a bit touchy over this subject. A family friend was criticised recently because he’s struggling financially. He was visiting another church during his travels . A young pastor said he must have some unconfessed sin somewhere oherwise he wouldn’t be in such rough shape. I think we need to be wary of tying wealth to faith so closely. Jesus didn’t have a place to lay His head and Paul suffered both want and plenty. God choses who He gives wealth to, just as He distributes spiritual gifts. James addresses both the poor and wealthy and tells them to have a long term perspective. It has little to do with how much faith one has (Solomon was wealthy no matter how his spiritual condition declined), but that God’s greater purposes may be fulfilled. He’s seeking Christlikeness. He’s dealing with the big picture. We are to be faithful in whatever He’s entrusted to our care. That’s why we pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” and “give us this day our DAILY bread”. It’s not about us. It’s about Him.

  6. Olivia. You are correct is not tying faith to wealth. I think the great thing is that if we live in the US we are all considered wealthy compared to the rest of the world. It is our faith that is challenged daily. The enemy will tell us that if we don’t have a job then we aren’t wealthy or if we don’t make six figures then we aren’t wealthy. In reality many around the world could live a lifetime just on our unemployment system. As believers we have got to shift the paradigm. We can no longer come from a position of weakness. We have the mightiest on our side and we don’t even know it. Financial struggles are finite compared to the awesomeness of our God. If God is always first then we can never be considered poor.

  7. @ Olivia – I don’t see in this message any link to “wealth” and faith. How unfortunate that message of sin as a cause for difficulties was conveyed to your family member.
    What I read here, however, is summed up in these lines, taken from the article above: Remember, “We build up the feeling of insecurity or security by how we think.” You need to believe that you will overcome your financial struggles.
    Only months ago I was caught up in a cycle of dejection and feelings of helplessness about our financial situation. I believed there was no way to climb out of the pit. But once I began approaching the problem from a Christian perspective, and I put my faith in a positive outcome, things began to turn around for us. Now I fully believe (have faith) that if we become better stewards of God’s treasure, we will become debt-free and financially at peace. That isn’t to say we will be “wealthy” in a measurable, secular sense, but we will be rich in many other ways; in our increased ability to give and to serve and focus on what is important to God instead of what is important to this world.
    I have a very poor memory, but I believe I will manage to store this nugget away: “According to your faith will it be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29)

  8. Julie. Could not agree more. Thank you for your transparency and scriptural reference.

  9. Thanks Pam for this excellent reminder. It took me years after I was saved to understand that positive thinking and faith are hand and glove. Two of my absolute favorite verses dealing with change are: Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
    and
    2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    These 2 verses have made a huge difference in life and I have been teaching on this subject to my H.S. Sunday School class. I sure wish that I had someone teach me this at that age – I’m having to make up for lost time now, but enjoying every moment of it!

  10. Pam -

    Luke 12:48 is telling me I’m massively underperforming. But since I’m unskilled and eligible for AARP, I don’t know what I can do about it now, which if you consider it Biblically, is a terrible position to be in.

    My father had a lot of sin in his life, and well you can see the thinking this can lead to.

  11. Olivia

    I do fear we are speaking past each other. I hope you can follow the subtleties here. There are no guarantees that if we are faithful in what God has entrusted to us we will become debt free and not worry. He’s not obligated by our obedience to do anything. He is only obligated by Himself to do what is right. What He considers “good” may be far different than what we consider “good”. I think the distinction is vitally important. He’s not obligated to “reward” our faith as if we had any sway over the God of the universe. He is in the Heavens and He does whatever He pleases. We do have His promises that His grace is sufficient and He will provide a means of escape to endure trials and that His love motivates all things in our lives as our Good Father. He is not untouched by the feelings of our infirmities. This doesn’t preclude our doing what we can to be debt free, or have faith in Him in all circumstances. Because we know these things please Him. In the normal course of things, diligence usually leads to freedom from debt and even to properity. So for most people that’s the way it works.

    Where this distinction becomes an issue is when we are faithful and everything falls down around us. Like what happened to our family friend. He has scrutinized his own life before God and knows these difficulties are purposeful tools in the hands of a good God. It’s not a matter of his lack of faith, or non-positive attitudes or hidden sin or lack of diligence. It doesn’t help to accuse the man of hidden sin (like that young pastor did) and to say “God is scouring away evil in your life.”

    The other scenario is when God doesn’t act the way we think He should (we are the guy who has faith, positive attitudes, and obedience) and we say, ‘But I did everything You told me to do and and I trusted You would make my way sucessful and this this how it ends up?” When the heavens seem as bronze and there is no comfort from your fellow Christians, but apathy or distain instead. It’s then we cry out like Habakkuk and say,”Though the fig tree should not blossom, and there be no fruit on the vines, though the yield of the olive should fail, and the fields produce no food, though the flock should be cut off from the fold, and there be no cattle in the stalls, yet will I exalt in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation…”

    I wonder sometimes if God hasn’t brought our family low so many times to test others’ faith as much as our own. Instead of their responding with a cheerful, “I’m sure the Lord will provide for you, keep the faith, be warm and be filled”, or “why don’t you just do 1, 2, 3″, to come along side and mourn with us. And perhaps when you’re hurting and are under the weight of God’s good but heavy providences we can come along side you and say, “We understand.”

    “Who comforts us in all our afflictions so that we may comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we are comforted by God.”

  12. Hi Terry – Check out Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus …” Don’t give up. It’s not too late for you. You’ve still got a purpose and you can conquer these negative feelings. If you are full of guilt, it’s likely not from God since He doesn’t operate that way. Keep your chin up. Just because your father did some bad things, doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. I used to beat myself up all the time over feeling guilty about everything. Then I learned it doesn’t solve anything. You got to move on, keep going, pray conquering fear prayers. Believe me, it makes a big difference. God bless!

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