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Positive Mental Attitude

    The world tells us that we are to have a positive mental attitude; however, what the world is talking about is "faith".  However, faith must always have an object.  The humanistic view is to have faith in your self.  The providential view is to have faith in circumstances (lady luck).  The brotherhood view is to have faith in your fellowman.  The problem is that all of these will sooner or later fail.  However, there is a type of faith that never fails because it it based upon Someone who never fails.

"Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary: and they shall walk, and not faint

(Isaiah 40:30-31). 
    We should begin by seeing what faith is not. (1) It it not just a wish or desire. I could wish that I was someone else, but that would never happen.  (2) Faith is not "knowledge" in the natural.  If we intellectually know something, it is knowledge, but not faith.  Faith is seeing beyond the natural. (3) Faith is not hope.  Hope is truth not yet realized.  I have a sure hope in going to Heaven when I die, but I have yet to realize the experience. (4) Faith is not an unfounded "belief". As a child, I was taught to believe in Santa Claus.  However, Santa Claus does not exist.  (5) Faith is not a repetition of thoughts or words such as, "I think I can. I think I can. I think I can."  Even Christians sometimes do this in "claiming the promises" of God.  (6) Faith is not a leap across a wide, deep chasm of the unknown. We just don't walk up to the Grand Canyon of life and leap across it having an faith experience. However, some of us, at times, look forward to such experience expecting, standing at the edge of the canyon, expecting God to magically come and take us across, somehow. (7) Faith is not a random picking of the promises of God.  Sometimes we play the open the Bible to the promise game expecting God to hop when we point to a promise.
The only true positive mental attitude comes from God.

What Faith is:

Faith is a walk:

A true positive mental attitude (faith) proceeds from God and causes God to intervene in our lives in a supernatural way as we receive it and act upon it.

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