In part one of this discussion on living positively, we spoke about four reasons why as Christians God has made it possible for us to live a certain kind of lifestyle.
We will continue with this line of thought as we conclude this discussion with three more reasons why we should live positive lives.
As a Christian it is possible to live a life without condemnation, a life without domination or desperation, and a life without miscalculation. It is also possible for a Christian to live a life without intimidation.
In the Book of Romans 8 verse 31 in the New Testament (NT) of the Bible it says: "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"
God says, “I will protect you”. He's saying, “One plus God equals the majority”.
It doesn't matter who's against you if God's on your side. He wants you to succeed. God is for you, and that's good news! I think Christians, of all people, ought to be the most confident people in the world. If God is for me, who can be against me?
Fear is a devastating emotion, and psychologists have analyzed 645 different kinds of fears. The question is, what do you fear most?
Do you fear failure, do you fear the future, rejection, criticism or maybe you fear dying. The Book of Hebrews in the New Testament, chapter 13:6 says, "So we can say with confidence, The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'"
Also in Romans 8:37 it says, "Knowing all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."
"More than conquerors" literally in Greek means "super-conquerors".
God makes us super-conquerors. In life, you will either be a victor or a victim. You will be swallowed up by your circumstances or you will overcome your circumstances. You will be overwhelmed by your problems or you will overcome your problems. The fact is, I don't have to fear anything. I keep my eye on the Lord Jesus Christ. God never intended for any human being to be a victim. You can be a victor. God purposed for you to be a victor.
My question is: What have you been telling yourself that you could never do? Whatever it is, stop it! Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That's what you call a life without intimidation. You're not blown away by the circumstances. And you're not blown away by the problems. You've got the confidence that comes from God. Don’t be intimidated by life’s circumstances. This leads on to our next point. As a Christian, it is possible for me to live …
A life without limitations: Romans 8 verse 32 says, "Since he did not spare even his own Son for us, but gave him up for us all, won't he also surely give us everything else?"
When God sent Jesus Christ to die for you on the cross, He solved your biggest problem: sin! Everything else is minor by comparison. The verse here says, if God loves you enough to send Jesus Christ to die for you, don't you think He loves you enough to help you in any circumstance you're facing? Be it your bills, problems with your children, etc?
If God paid the ultimate sacrifice by sending Jesus, everything else is insignificant. The truth is, God will meet all your needs. Many find that difficult to believe, but God will meet all your needs! They may be emotional. They may be social. They may be financial or spiritual. Or they may be physical. God wants to meet your needs. He's promised it over and over again in Scripture.
The Book of Philippians 4:19 says: "My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory."
And in verse 13 of the same chapter, God promises all the strength you need! Psalms 84:11 says: "No good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly."
God wants to bless your life. The Bible teaches that God is a giver. In fact, everything you have is a gift from God. Many may not agree with it but the truth is he created you, gave you your abilities, talents and intellect. If God were not a giver, you would not even be here. Neither would I.
The Book of Romans chapter 8 tells us what God has done for us and what He's made possible. None of us could repay the things He has done for us - A life without limitation! God will take care of your needs.
Our last point is, as a Christian, it is possible to live …
A life without separation. Romans 8 v.35-39 says, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ. Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword. No, in all these things, we're more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither heights nor depths, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
If you grasp this truth it will revolutionise your life. For those of you who are Christians, you are in Christ. You've made your commitment to Christ. Nothing can ever destroy your relationship to God. What good news is that? God will never leave you alone. The truth is nothing will ever make God stop loving you! You are in Christ. You are eternally secure in Him. Once you commit your life to Jesus Christ, God assumes the responsibility to make you make it to heaven. You don't have to wonder, "Am I going to make it? Am I going to lose my salvation?"
Jude 24 says, "He is able to keep you from falling." It doesn't depend on you. It depends on God. What we've committed to Him, He is able to keep unto that day. It doesn't say He’s able to keep you from failing. You will make mistakes. You will sin. You will stumble. But God won't let go!
Jesus said it like this, "I know my sheep. I know those who follow me. They hear my voice and they are in My hand, and no man can snatch them out of my hand."
Nothing can separate me from God once I've made that initial commitment to Him. What a comfort, knowing that no matter what circumstance I face in the future, I will not face it alone. God is with me.
Now, let’s recap on the seven wonderful privileges that God makes available to us in Jesus Christ. In Christ, we believers can live a life without condemnation, without domination, without desperation, a life without miscalculation, without intimidation or limitation and a life without separation.
What should be my response? If you're already a believer, a Christian, the Book of Ephesians 4.1 says, "Live and act in a way worthy of those who have been chosen for such wonderful blessings as these."
For one thing, I think you ought to say, "God, forgive me for ever being negative. Take the critical, negative spirit out of my life."
Regardless of what's going on in the world, you need to look at the wonderful things God has done for you. You ought to be positive. You ought to be optimistic. You know you are going to win in the end. You are going to make it because it doesn't depend on you, but God. That ought to cause us to be deeper and more dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you've never opened up your life to Christ, I encourage you to do so today. The Book of 1John 5 in the NT says, "Real life is to be found only in God's Son. Anyone who has Christ has this life but if he doesn't have Christ, then he does not possess this life at all."
You have everything to gain. Don't wait. Some of you have been thinking about making your decision for months, for years. Don't put it off any longer.
God wants to give you the kind of life where you have a continual relationship with Him that can never be destroyed. Are you worried that your needs won't be met? Put your life in the hands of Jesus Christ. The good, the bad, every part of it and He will assume responsibility for your needs.
God loves you so much. He is for you! And He made you to love you, the Bible says. He has a plan for your life. The more you put your life into His plan, the better it gets.
Enjoy your weekend and keep safe.
Pastor Tevai Matapo,