August 18, 2013
How to Manifest Positive Changes in Your Life
Are you going through a difficult time in your life? Do you want to see things change for the better? If you want to see changes in your life, focusing on what is wrong and complaining about it is the wrong way to go. Merely expecting things to change is not enough either. The first thing you have to do to see change is to change your mindset and your attitude. Stop thinking about the negative and stop seeing only your problems. It may not be an easy task, but if you focus on God’s promises and adopt a positive attitude and mindset and think only positive thoughts about yourself and your situation, then that will open the door for the changes you seek will begin to manifest.
Part of changing your attitude means that you start expecting things to get better and stay in peace and be more loving and forgiving towards others and always be kind no matter how badly you feel. When you are able to stay in peace and keep your kindness towards God, others, and yourself then you are passing the test God is putting you through to show yourself how strong your faith it. When you have a bad attitude, it actually hinders any progress being made to change your situation, which is why it is important to have a good attitude no matter how bad things appear to get or how bad they are in the moment. Remember that the difficult situation is temporary and that you will make it out stronger and better than before. Spiritual growth occurs during difficult times and the more you grow in your faith, the better off you will be. Thinking positive thoughts in alignment with God’s word is the way to develop a positive mindset and attitude. 1 Peter 1:6-7 says, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” While working on changing your mindset (what you focus on and think about) and have started working on developing a positive attitude, it is important that you believe God’s promises you are focusing on and believe that God will be faithful to honor every promise to you.
The next step is to start taking action steps that go in the direction of the change (or changes) you want to see in your life. For instance, if you are struggling financially and currently do not have a job, first you would see yourself working (doing something you enjoy and earning money for it) and believe the job is yours and then go seeking it. To do this you would look for the job you have in your heart to do and apply to it. If your resume needs to be updated, then update it listing previous experience and training at school and College that have prepared you specifically for this job you want and leave out unimportant job experiences if there are any previous jobs you have had that have nothing to do with the one you will be applying for. Do not misunderstand me, you probably will not get a job the next day after you have started changing your attitude and updated your resume, but if you keep working hard to manifest the changes you seek then you will see these changes start to occur in your life. Patience and endurance are other qualities you will need to develop before you see your situation change positively. In time, you will see the change you have been seeking manifest before your eyes, even if it is one step at a time that it happens.
A thing to remember about time is that it belongs to God so when God feels the time is right, then you will make it through your difficult situation and come out the other side better off than you were before because you will be stronger and will appreciate the positive changes made more when you worked hard to make them happen. If the change seems to be taking longer than you expected, then it could be you are being saved from future disaster or you are not ready yet for what God has in store for you. Trusting in God’s timing is hard to do a lot of the time, but it is necessary to do if you want to see the positive changes in your situation come to light. When God sees the positive changes you made on yourself, and when he feels you are ready, then he will bring forth the changes needed to be made to turn your situation around in your favor. Once God has brought about the changes you needed, remember to thank him, and not just for finally helping you turn your situation around, but also thank him for the difficulties he out you through that showed you how strong your faith is. In Acts 16:25-26, the Apostle Paul is in jail for preaching the word of God and instead of complaining about his problems and giving up, it says he sang hymns. Can you imagine that? Paul was in prison and he was singing hymns to God! And then there was a mighty earthquake that shook the foundation of the prison, opening all of the doors and Paul was free! If you read on, you will find out why he was able to sing in his trials and tribulation. The jailer got upset when he thought the prisoners had escaped and was about to kill himself but Paul yelled out to him not to do it and told the jailer that all of the prisoners were there and all accounted for. The next thing that happened was that the jailer and his whole entire family were baptized. A whole family got saved because of Paul’s faith and positive attitude through his difficult situation. You can share in this reward of eternal salvation if you will just stand firm in your faith through your afflictions and difficulties and stay focused on God’s promises instead of how bad your situation is temporarily at the present time in your life.
Another good example of someone who stayed in faith is Job (Old Testament), who was a faithful servant of God who never sinned against him but Satan asked God if he could test Job and God agreed and Job went from riches and a big family to poverty, losing most of his family members, and losing his health. Job spoke out his confusion and his feelings to God, but he also stayed in faith throughout. In Job 23:10, Job states that “But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me I will come out as pure as gold.” At the end of the book of Job, his health, family and wealth is all returned and was given twice as much as he had before the testing had begun of Job’s faith. This was just in Job’s lifetime! Imagine the reward he will receive later on in heaven for standing firmly in his faith even though Satan had taken away his family, health, and riches.
You can experience these amazing blessings in your life too when you make the decision to stand firmly in your faith, which starts with keeping a positive attitude (or adopting one) along with a positive frame of mind which happens when you think positive thoughts. Positive thoughts are easier to think when you stay focused on God’s promises, which comes from daily Bible study and attending church regularly with an open heart and mind to learn and apply what you learn from God’s word to your life. New habits take three weeks to develop, so once you have been purposely thinking positive thoughts and keeping a positive attitude for three weeks, it will become easier to do so without having to put forth as much effort as you did in the beginning. The main points here are to stay positive and to take action steps towards the changes you want to be made in your life and believe with your whole heart and with your mind that the changes you seek are possible to be made and that they will happen. Remember to thank God during your difficult time that he is changing things in your life for the better and when he has brought the changes to pass in your life, remember to thank him for your troubles as well as your triumph in your situation.