Misunderstood – The power of positive thinking:
Romans 12: 2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
It might come as a shock to you when I say that there is no “power in positive thinking.” You can form a habit of being positive and consistent, which everyone should. There is power in the name of Jesus that transforms you with love, power, and self-control (2 Timothy1:7). As the Holy Spirit guides you, the scriptures of the Bible will renew your mind. Restoring your mind with the scriptures of the Bible will correct your thinking to being positive. You can, therefore, still live in fear even though you are a positive thinking person.
The power of Jesus’ blood and the power of the word of God will transform your spirit, mind, and body. There is power in the faith in what God says through His Word. There is power when you believe in something that you cannot see or yet have, but feel that it exists and that it will manifest. The word of God is active, sharper than a two-edged sword. The power is when you allow the scriptures of the bible to renew your thinking.
As you meditate on the word of God and think positively, this is how you mend your thoughts and how you discover the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God for your own life. If all we needed to do was to think positively, then we are following rules which may not be correct. Romans 12: 2 says we need to be transformed (changed) by the renewing of our minds to test what is acceptable.
You complete me:
Colossians 2: 10 “And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all authority and power.”
No person on earth is capable of making you whole. You cannot balance your weaknesses with someone you think has more strength. You are not “half” of someone else. Jesus is the only One who can complete you and make you whole. Jesus gives you peace amid a storm and drives away fear. Jesus understands weakness. He was flesh and blood and had to pray in times of His weakness. He overcame death by His sacrificed life and death on the cross. Jesus is the firstborn from death and our High Priest through His sacrifice.
You can complement someone once you are made whole through Jesus Christ. There is no more male or female, Jew, or Gentile – we are all one in Christ. Through Jesus, God sees you as a whole person, a temple for God to dwell in through the Holy Spirit.
My religion is Christianity:
Matthew 23: 13 – “Woe to you Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven against men. For you neither enter yourselves, nor allow those who are entering to go in.”
Believing you are a Christian means that you believe in Jesus Christ. Living your life the way Jesus called you to live as a temple for God, is to worship God in spirit and truth. Religion is having a form of godliness but denying the power of the death of Jesus on the cross. Living in a house with people doesn’t make it a family. Without love and unity, the place and the people are convenient and familiar. Until the people in the house love one another, communicate, and live in harmony, the house will never be a family home.
God does not want us to worship Him religiously as if we’re doing our chores. He needs us to worship Him lovingly and have a relationship with Him. Religions provide a set of rules for a spiritual lifestyle, e.g., Catholicism, Judaism, Buddhism, to name a few. Jesus freed us from these rules and regulations of worship. God is love and calls us as a Father who loves us, and wants us to communicate with Him in a loving relationship.
The church is my place of worship:
1 Corinthians 3: 16 – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”
We come together as the church (1 Corinthians 11: 18), not to the church. You are the temple of worship through Jesus and part of the body of Christ. Not the building or the sect of Christianity. Worship does not only take place in a church building or gathering. Worship is about how you live your life and how you glorify God through your life.
The time you spend in His presence with your thoughts, the sacrifices you bring to Him through denying your flesh, is part of your worship to God. Jesus is the head of the church, and we, as individuals, make up the body of the church. We come together as the body of Christ to bring our sacrifices of praise and to encourage one another. The building could be as beautiful as the Notre Dame or the local school hall. You don’t lose your faith in God if a church building goes up in flames and destroys in minutes. The Holy Spirit of God lives inside and inhabits the praises of His people – not through a building.
I need to know my purpose in life:
Matthew 6: 21 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.”
The gifts and talents God provided you with will make room for you to make a living. Whether you have extraordinary skills or not, you must worship God – whatever you have in your hand. The purpose of a temple is worship.
Romans 8: 28 “And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”
If you are the temple of God, then you must worship God with your life and through your life – this is your purpose. God made you according to His purpose. You are priceless and a sacrifice provided for you through Jesus’ death. Your body belongs to God. You are not your own.