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HOW TO STAY POSITIVE

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A. FOCUS ON THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD AND NOT THE PREVAILING INFORMATION.
In challenging times, we need to be able to differentiate between truth and information. Information will always be unreliable and changeable, and the truth will always be reliable and certain. Years ago, when I was in the military, I discovered that rumours had a powerful influence on the moral and psyche of the troops that I was part of. Every day there would be a different ‘story’ during the rounds, and it would lead to great distress and anxiety. A small group discovered that they could create a rumour and cause pandemonium. They decided to spread a rumour that the scheduled leave was going to be cancelled. It spread like wildfire and discouragement fell like a heavy, wet blanket over the entire camp. It even spread to the families and friends of the recruits and eventually the officer commanding the base had to call everyone to a parade on the parade ground and he had to try and undo the damage. Life is much the same, so much information is swirling around and so much of it is half-truth or simply lies, or what has now come to be called ‘fake news’. God’s Word, on the other hand, is filled with unassailable truth that stands the test of time and situation. Take God’s Word as an absolute in your life and believe it with all your heart.

Ephesians 4:14 ‘We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.’

By living in this way, it will bring stability and security into our lives.

B. KEEP ON LIVING A LIFE OF TRUSTING GOD.
Trust the Lord to help you make wise choices and decisions. Trust the Lord to help you with what is possible while trusting Him to do what is impossible. It is as we trust in Him that we can stay positive even in the most challenging of times. Trusting in Him takes our eyes off the situation and circumstances, and it reminds us that He is still in control and still has the final say regarding all the issues in our lives. Trusting God also means that we are depending on Him and His all-knowing, all-powerful hand in our lives.

Proverbs 3:5-6 ‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.’

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