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How To Stay Positive With Positive Biblical Affirmations
Thousands of Years Of Staying Positive
For thousands of years the Bible has taught how to stay positive and the benefits of a joyful heart. The Bible never used the term stay positive however it does teach to be thankful, to have peace and joy, to be confident.
Over the past couple of decades there has been scientific research into the health benefits of laughter, gratitude and a positive outlook. Although some studies are not conclusive of positive benefits of laughter others seem to be more definite in the positive affects of laughter, gratitude and a positive outlook.
Finally science is catching up with thousands of years of teaching from the Bible to renew the mind, to focus on what is good and true and proper, to be joyful and give thanks.
Our world is filled with negativity from morning until night. The news is filled with murder, and crime. Political ads are negative in nature about the opponent. It is getting easier to find positive events just by knowing where to look on social media sites. There are sites that are designed to bring just good news to readers.
5 Steps To Staying Positive
There are many routines and practices that can be followed to staying positive. However, these 5 practices seem to be universal to most people and experts. Some may have different names for them but the names given below will be recognized by most people.
Start The Day Off Right
This is one practice that can encompass many actions. Some suggestions are
- Think about goals for the day
- Journal about dreams and thoughts for the new day
Where Christians differ in this approach to starting the day off right are significant difference in the meaning of words. Meditate to a Christian means to think about a specific Bible verse and read it over and over again. It also means to think about that verse and say it over and over.
The words often used for meditate in the Bible means to ponder or imagine and to say or speak. Meditate to a Christian is use the mind actively in painting a picture and find meaning in words. Eastern meditation will try to clear the mind.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 ESV
For hope and confidence there are many Bible verse to meditate upon. Here is one example
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. Jeremiah 29:11-12 ESV
Gratitude Is The Attitude Of Confidence
Gratitude or giving thanks has been linked to positive psychological outcomes and positive outlook on life as well as a healthier life. One such article list 11 benefits of gratefulness. Some of those benefits include coping better with stress, feeling happier and more optimistic, and maintaining a brighter view of the future.
Gratitude is just an attitude. Attitudes are thoughts. We have control over our thoughts so therefore we can be thankful in any circumstance. We may not be thankful for the situation but there are things for which we can give thanks.
If one area of our life is falling apart, for example, our business is not profitable, there are still areas of life where we can be thankful. We can have lovely children and a wonderful spouse, we can be debt free, we can know God, we may be in good health. The list of things to be thankful for should be more than the list of things not going well.
If one thing doesn't come to mind, it may be helpful to memorize some of God's promises.
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 ESV
Probably the thing to be most grateful for is that God loves us. He shows us favor and wants to give us more favor. God showed us favor when Jesus took our penalty for sin at the cross and we have His righteousness when we believe in Jesus. The Bible says
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.Romans 10:9-10 ESV
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God Ephesians 2:8 ESV
Stand Up Shoulders Back Arms Raised
Posture is the third way confidence can be built. Sitting up straight, standing with feet spread, raising up the arms and other actions that makes the space the body occupies gives us more confidence.
Richard Petty co-author of a study found that sitting up straight will not only make others feel more confident about us but we will also feel more confident about ourselves. The article goes on to describe another study where nodding the head up and down gave people more confidence in the ideas they generated compared to shaking the head side to side.
Posture has also been attributed to other benefits. Feeling a little sluggish after lunch? Maybe just standing up in a power pose for a couple of minutes may help. Sitting up straight and tall may also lower fear and reduce stress.
When Moses was leading the Israelites into the promise land there was a battle.
Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. Exodus 17:11-12
The Bible also commands us to have our feet firmly planted for battle.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11
The metaphor is about battle and hand-to-hand combat. Soldiers would brace themselves to be hit with shields or spears or swords. Standing strong and defeating the enemy builds confidence.
Practicing imagery and posture will build confidence. Standing with arms outstretched and chest back and imagining confidence will produce confidence.
Keep The Mind Focused
The mind can only think of one thing at a time. It can however switch fast between thoughts and make it look as though it is multitasking. There have been several studies done on the brain and how it operates.
One article which sites a couple of studies confirms that the brain can only process one activity at a time. The more tasks added to the brain simultaneously the less efficient it becomes. If the brain was tasked with talking on the phone and writing down information it can switch quite fast. Sometimes parts of the conversation are missed when writing. That is because both activities include communication and use the same part of the brain. Different parts of the brain are used for different functions.
Even though different parts of the brain are used it is still inefficient to multitask doing different tasks.Accuracy in completing tasks declines when giving the brain more tasks to accomplish.
Thoughts can creep in and be a distraction.The thoughts about different subjects reduce attention given to the task. God talks about focus and keeping the mind clear.
We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One. 2 Corinthians 10:5
Here, the Bible is saying watch, be on guard about the thoughts, about the emotions and make them line up with the thoughts of God. People have a responsibility and the skill to keep our minds focused.
I am in the middle of a great work and cannot be interrupted. I am not coming down to meet with you. What is so important that I should suspend this great work we are doing to travel to see you? Nehemiah 6:3
Nehemiah was in the middle of a project of rebuilding the wall and would not be distracted by any request. The wall was rebuilt speedily because of the focus and the help of God. Reading Chapter 6 would give more details then I can give here.
Talk To God
Prayer is just talking to God. When one gets to know God there is a more positive outlook. What better way to get to know someone, then talk to that person. The same is true for God.
He already knows us and He knows our coming and goings and our standing up and sitting down. However, many people may know about Him but not know God. No one fully knows God. That shouldn't stop us from pursuing a reltionship with God. God is ready for you to get to know Him
To build faith, to build courage, to build confidence open the Bible and read it. When reading the Bible God will talk. When God talks that is one half of prayer.
Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. Hebrews 10:35-36 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Some Bibles say confidence instead of assurance. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. Building confidence is just a cycle of events that are controllable. The more the Bible is read, the more one hears God talk,which produces more faith, and therefore the more confidence one has.