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Thinking Big

Thinking Big

Fact: Everything good comes from God; in fact, positive things come from God. Satan will try to bring negative things to your mind, but you can train your mind to reject them.

Ephesians 3:17 (The Amplified Bible)
May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love.

Focus on the Bright Side
Just knowing God loves you is enough to help you keep a positive attitude. Positive Thinking is confidence in God for everything in every situation. It’s thinking like God; it’s perfection, and it’s God’s view. Positive thinking is the flow, essence and energy in Heaven. It’s the benefit and strength for everyone.

Benefits of Positive Thinking
• Increases progress minus the doubt
• Prompts you to concentrate on the good
• Allows you to be certain in saying God is your source
• Allows you to accept people without fear or condemnation; we can’t love who we don’t accept
• James 1:17 (The Amplified Bible)
Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse].

When you are positive, you are powerful. You know how to give and always expect good! When people don’t hear from God, that’s when they wander. To be negative is to be in fear and see mere men as your source. God wants you to be positive to other people. Your good attitude is contagious, so let others catch it. Being positive is not being passive. It creates a bright atmosphere in the midst of evil (Psalms 23).

Your world is based on your perception, and your problems will increase or decrease based on your attitude. You have nothing to lose, so stay positive!

Love, Dr. Joyce Oliver

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Be Loved Part 1

Be Love-Part 1 Fact: As God is in you, He will help you to love people. Love is a decision—not a feeling. Everybody needs love. Actions of love are learned and are not determined by human instinct (Titus 2:2, 1 Corinthians 13). God is Love. It has become a Christian cliché’, but it’s the Word of the Lord. Every time that we show the love of God to people, we get a harvest of what we need or desire, so that’s why it is important to understand the significance of love. Love means to commit to acting in a way that promotes the joy and wellbeing of another. Further, this means that we should show love when we feel like it, and when we don’t (Luke 6:35). Our goal should be to model the love of our Father in every situation. Did you know that God is kind to the unkind and ungrateful? His plans are to prosper us–not hurt us. Therefore, we should reflect this character to those that are around us. (John 3:16, 1 John 4:7, Psalm 8:4, Romans 5:8, Jeremiah 29:11). Love is who we (Christians) are—not what we do. Love is not weak; instead it is all powerful (1 John 4:16-17, Psalms 91:9-14). And the intensity of our love cannot be diluted. With every loving act is a reward and harvest. Harvests of Love When you commit to love others, that is proof that you love God. When you master being love to people, the rewards are great! Walking in love results in abundance (Galatians 6:7), maintaining an atmosphere of love (Ephesians 3:18), and your growing in strength. You will no longer be ruled by unforgiveness, bitterness or anger (Matthew 6:15, Matthew 22:36-40, Romans 13:8-10). Walking Effectively in the Love of God As representatives of Christ, His character should be evident in our lives. As we walk in His character, we should do it in wisdom as well. Below are some things to be mindful of as we share the love of Christ with people around us (2 Corinthians 5:15, 2 Corinthians 8:9, 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 26:28). · Love people without losing control of yourself. · Does your showing love line up with the Word of God? · Is your showing love a priority? · Does your showing love interfere with doing God’s work? · Are you showing love out of desire or need? · When you show love, is a pattern of disobedience involved? · What does God say when you pray? · When you show love, is there any fear? · When you show love, are you walking in unforgiveness? Love, Dr. Joyce Oliver

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