Optimism vs Pessimism : With God, All Things Are Possible

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And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:27 KJV)

While I physically feel like it will take me forever to type out this post, I am adamant to get it done. Whenever I am facing a hardship ( usually ) and I feel that tugging on my heart and conscience to carry out something for The Lord, I tend to think about the scroll story Jeremiah and Baruch had to dictate and write in the book of Jeremiah chapter 36. The fact that he had to rewrite by hand a message from The Lord after the first one was burned up took great effort mentally and physically. Obedience plays a major factor. Its repercussions can result in good or bad reaping and sowing on the life of others as well as yourself. In today’s day and age we have computers and touch screens as well as voice recognition to help us dictate our writings. So though my hands are throbbing like crazy, I have no excuse as to why I cannot go forward.

On to the message.

For some days now, the topic dealing with being optimistic vs pessimistic has been heavily on my mind. I have had a full plate mentally as I have had to make choices as sorrow and tears have come over me. The enemy surely will ride your back when it comes to having to do what’s right, speak what’s right and do what’s right. Doubt kicks in and attempts to take over.

What a conniving liar he is. Spiritual battles are not easy but rest assured they are easier to get through when we wait patiently on The Lord and lean not to our own understanding and thoughts of how we feel things should go. The process may seem long and full of sorrow and suffering but I am here to tell you that the storm shall soon pass. Just hold on!

Like a maze that knowingly puts you at multiple dead ends, it’s easy to give up and call it quits. All you see is NO WAY OUT. You will think and speak negatively.

Do you realize that you are speaking this into the atmosphere?

On the other hand, allowing yourself to stop and think with an open and clear mind, possibilities are endless. Especially when you seek help from God. There’s no way you will be stuck forever if you rely on Him for help.

If we trust God, then why not look UP and believe that He will make a way out of what may seem to be no way.

Speaking truth and promises of The Lord into the atmosphere is what we should be doing no matter how long it takes. This is when our faith needs to be kicking down doubt and standing fast to what we believe.

Obstacles come and go. Some hurdles may be higher than others but allow perseverance to keep you moving especially when you know that God is able to do exceedingly more than what we imagine He can.

I grew up around people with negative attitudes. It felt like it was 24/7. At a young age, I seen that having that type of mindset was not how I wanted to live. Yes, television can give you false hope and perception of having a perfect life and all as a kid , but I must say that I had this inner burning desire to come up out of the mental pit that tried to consume me.

Always staring out of the window or dreaming of how I wanted my life to be gave me hope even before I gave my life to The Lord. I use to talk to God at night or when I was alone asking and begging Him to help me. I felt lost, alone and hopeless at times yet I found myself picking myself up and finding reasons to smile because I just knew that one day…. ONE DAY my prayers were going to be answered!

Despite the influence that was around me, despite what looked like “it’s never going to happen” I chose to believe in the unseen.

Like so much of the horrible things that this life seems to bring, I can always keep an optimistic attitude that one day there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more tears and no more hatred because God said so.

I believe in Him and I believe what He says! He’s not a liar and He can not go back on His word.

So while I may still ask myself time to time why do I smile so much or why do I choose to have an optimistic attitude about life even when my natural eye sees the worse, its because God placed this attribute; this characteristic way of thinking inside of me for a reason even before I ever came to know Him better than I have so many years ago. I’m still a work in progress but my hope for myself and for you will not stop because I’m a believer!

God has blessed me and favored me many times over. He has seen past my faults and negative thinking and saw the best in me. He knows my potential and what I am capable of doing. He knows this for you too!

So why not decide today to take a leap of faith and a mindset to start thinking positively for yourself and for the future? What do you have to lose?!!

Troubles of this world will not end until God brings it all to a halt. Why wait to have optimism later on when you can have it today. God’s word ( Holy Bible) is full of promises and instructions. It’s full of hope for the poor, the weak, the broken hearted, the ailing, the widow, the hopeless and weary in soul. We have been given direction and a peace of mind we can take hold on to. He gave us Jesus Christ, He has given us a Comforter. The Holy Spirit.

Dear Reader, I encourage you to not grow faint and weary. Do not give up. God will show up right on time. His timing is better than any. Patience will take you a long way. The growing process and the knowledge it brings can only bring forth great gain for it can help someone else down the road. God can turn trials to triumphs, losses to victories, tears of sorrow to tears of joy, mourning to rejoicing and negative thinking to positive ones if we take hope and cling to it in Him.

Voluntarily place yourself on the Potter’s Wheel and ask to be made over, refined and made whole with a better sense of thinking, understanding and patience as you count it all joy for His glory and the betterment of yourself as His child and as a living example to the many blessings and miracles that He has done in your life when the world sees no hope.

Hope. Trust. Believe.

O Lord , you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord , you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me! They speak against you with malicious intent; your enemies take your name in vain! Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord ? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalms 139:1-24 ESV)

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Recycled Sin: Has it become a trend to the point that we are accepting it as truth??

Are you wondering what Recycled Sin means? Take a look at the pictures below. See if you can figure it out before reading the rest of the post.

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Okay so how about this one?

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So I’m sure you are wondering what I meant by my title Recycled Sin.

Well I will tell you. No sin is new sin. It keeps going and going and going. God is not gasping as He watches us. He knows our very thoughts, words and actions before we commit them whether they are good or bad.

Heaven and Hell is REAL.

Time and time again we take chances. We convince ourselves that if we are good people that we will make it into heaven. Now hear me when I say that I am not judging anyone and I surely have no power to put anyone in heaven or hell BUT my walk with the Lord can be a reflection of how I live my life and where I want to go when I leave this earth.

God is our Judge and He alone will decide where we go for eternity.

Good works will not get any one of us into heaven. If we have not accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, if we have not received salvation…. our decision is taking us to one place or the other.

IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP PEOPLE.

When we know in part, we should live out what we believe. We cannot take the Bible and sugarcoat pieces of it just so that we can still have “the best of both worlds”. This does not cut it with God.

The Bible tells us that we cannot serve two Masters. We will love and serve one or the other. This does not apply only to money as people tend to naturally think about because it’s like a well known slogan especially when and if we do not know God’s word for ourself.

Satan himself knows that God is real yet I can say that he was still dumb enough to try and take God’s position. Before you know it he was given the ole heave-ho into hell along with those who followed him.

Be careful and be not deceived. Satan knows Scriptures just like us. He can take them and twist them to make you believe that what you see, hear, speak and believe is the truth. He lies, he sugarcoats and can get you to believe anything unless you come back at him with the Word of God.

Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11 NKJV)

Let’s take a look at Who could NOT be fooled.

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He shall give His angels charge over you, and, In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God. Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve. Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:1-11 NKJV)

Whether its lying, adultery, homosexuality, or whatever it is that was spoken by God that is considered as sin, people treat it as if it’s a trend; that it is normal because it has been done for centuries; that it is acceptable as to not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings or that you will not fit in though your mind and heart tells you that you just do want to stand OUT because you know the truth.

So who are we siding with? Do we really care where someone is going for eternity?

I get the pause and cricket syndrome when I ask if a person had salvation before he/she passed away.

Sadly I hate to say that it happens too often. Recently I found out that someone who was supposedly not living a life as a heterosexual passed away. Now whether it was true or not, it is not the big issue because one could be a murderer, rapist, cheater or a pathological liar. If they did not repent of their sins, if they did not receive salvation they likely are not spending eternity in heaven. I say likely because anything can take place in between the last minutes/days of life.

God knows and sees the heart for what’s true and what’s not.

I’m not playing judge and I am not pointing fingers but the Bible tells us clearly what’s true. There is no gray area.

Heaven or Hell. Isn’t that clear enough? Perhaps not for some. I pray that this mindset will become less and less and the fear of where one will be for eternity will kick in.

Where’s the compassion, where’s the love and concern? Are we too wrapped up in pleasing man instead of God? If we love and care the way we say we do then we will speak up.

No coaxing, no sugarcoating, no taking a blind eye and deaf ear to the very things we know are WRONG. Let’s do right by God when conviction sets in our heart. ( if we know the truth )

There is a time and place for everything and a way of handling people and circumstances. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was a living example to us all as to how to treat people. He hung out with those we would turn our noses up to or be quick to open our mouths and call them out on their sin, yet without taking a look in the mirror and seeing our own.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NKJV)

Does casting stones sound familiar?

So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. (John 8:7 NKJV)

I encourage you to read this entire chapter being that a portion of it is talking about an adulterous woman who was about to be stoned to death for her sin but Jesus set the record straight.

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Living Sacrifices to God

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2 NKJV)

Scriptures to read and meditate on:
Romans 8 ( in its entirety )

Let’s wake up and take life seriously. To appease others can cause a soul to spend eternity in hell. Think about it and act. Remember that we will all be held accountable for our actions. Is pacifying sin worth the cost?

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 NKJV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:5-7 NKJV)

SPEAK IT!!

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Be bold and courageous for your life depends on it. The devil is a liar and that’s all he’ll ever be. Speak with the authority that God has given you! Say it: I AM WHO GOD SAYS I AM

You are
• a child of The Most High
• a new creation in Christ Jesus
• cleansed in the blood of The Lamb
• redeemed
• victorious
• loved
• favored
• adored
• a friend of Jesus
• a precious jewel
• a member of The Body of Christ
• Abraham’s seed; an heir to the promises of God because you belong to Christ now

I can go on and on but I want YOU to tell yourself who you are in Christ. Add to this list. Tell Satan and his evil spawns who you are NOT. You have the power and authority to shake off that dusty robe of sin that once weighed you down that now you can adorn yourself with the robe of righteousness because you are free in Christ Jesus. Your sins were washed away when Jesus died on the cross for you. Past and present sins. He knew them all.They are remembered no more.

Dear Father, I plead the blood of Jesus over those who seek peace in their heart and mind. May those thoughts of guilt and shame be set loose, stomped on and crushed beneath their feet. May Your abounding love be felt, better yet grounded in fertile soil so that it may take root that cannot be pulled up. No storm in their life is too hard for You my Lord. You are capable to do ALL things but fail. Send in your mighty warriors here on earth to be by their sides to lean on, cry with, pray with and strengthen in the name of Jesus. Peace be still. Thank you Lord, thank You. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

*If you are reading this and you don’t know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, ask Him to come into your life right now and say this prayer:

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

God bless you into the family as a born again believer. I pray that you find a church or a group of people who can get you connected to a local body of believers. My prayers are with you as you take the journey as a new creation in the Lord. (( hugs ))

Your sister in Christ,
Terra