Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Staying Positive In A Negative World

I really needed this article yesterday when I found it as well as today, and thought I'd share it here. It's by Andrew Wommack, titled the same as here. What has me feeling worried and negative right now is finances, or lack thereof. I have been doing this coaching on a part-time basis only, and haven't really worked on marketing at all. I had this idea that 'if I build it, they will come', but the traffic has been pretty light recently. I had been working locally for a company that makes postage and other mailing equipment since 2003, until last year. I worked for them first full-time, then part-time for the last 3 years. I've been looking for another job, but that's been very unfruitful up to now. With that, I'm available for coaching, or would appreciate any donations.

Here are a few quotes from the article (linked above):

The word “waxed” used in that scripture is really significant. It goes back to the way candles are made. A wick is dipped into hot wax and then taken out and allowed to cool for a few seconds, leaving a thin layer of wax. The process is repeated hundreds of times until the wick is buried deep within the wax.

The same is true with the heart. If we take our eyes off Jesus and focus on the evil of this world and our circumstances, then, little by little, the layers of negativity harden around our hearts, and the love for God and others waxes cold. ...

The Lord doesn’t automatically do these things for you—He flows through you. If you get discouraged or dismayed, you stop the process. It says in Ephesians 3:20,

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

The phrase “according to” means in proportion to or to the degree of the power that is working in you. God flows through people. If you become discouraged, you stop the flow of God’s power.

There's more to the article, and something I need to remember and practice. The parable of the sower and the seed also came to mind while I was reading the article.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:11-15 [KJV])