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The power of positive thinking: The difference between success and failure is the mindset ...

Published:Monday | March 7, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Apostle Steve Lyston

Steve Lyston, Contributor

The mind is one of the most powerful tools a human being possesses. It is the area wherein we encounter our daily battles, and, when we overcome those battles, there is great success!

Second Corinthians outlines the warfare we encounter on a daily basis, such as fear, lack of self-confidence, rejection, difficulty learning and/or understanding, and numerous strongholds that attack our imagination. Philosophy is one such example of a weapon that often attacks the mind.

A philosophical mindset focuses on logic, ethics, metaphysical matters and trying to understand the deeper issues of life without seeking for the answers from the true source, who is God.

If, for example, we view crime and violence from that standpoint, we will never solve the problem. If a psychiatrist or psychologist deems someone mentally unstable and prescribes a particular medication, and things either remain the same or become worse, will they continue to prescribe the same medication?

Inaccurate diagnosis

If they increase the dosage and nothing changes, what will they do? Will they further increase the dosage, or make a referral? Will they continue to treat this individual without result, only to keep their hands attached to his/her wallet - as was seen in Mark 5:25 regarding the woman with the issue of blood?

It was not until she became bankrupt from seeking medical advice that she realised her mind also needed to be renewed so she could receive the healing she needed. She did not see that there was an alternative until her back was against the wall!

Here is an interesting question: Don't you think that after 12 years, the doctors would have realised that there was really nothing they could do to deal with this particular situation? Would they not have realised that their knowledge and logic was not enough to address the matter? Could it be that they only wanted a steady source of income?

Inaccurate diagnoses of national or individual problems carry serious economic and legal ramifications and other serious side effects!

The difference between success and failure is the mindset, not academic qualifications nor levels of human intelligence. Even if party leaders change, without a renewing of the mind, the old haunts and strongholds will continue to hinder the nation so much so that even when there is a political change, after a while, the nation will begin to cry out for the former administration to return, and so the cycle continues.

Further to this, if Church leaders are not making an impact on the nation, it is not as a result of a need for more academically qualified theologians. It is, in fact, the need for mental renewal (according to Romans 12:2) on both sides - the Church leaders and the nation both need a revelation from God!

Belief versus principles

Regardless of our varying beliefs, principles are key and go beyond a person's belief. When people are desperate for change, they don't care in whom you believe; once the principle is workable, they will accept it.

Interestingly, once we each have a personal belief, then we are automatically a part of politics, because every belief system has its view on how people should be governed. One definition of 'politics' is 'a person's beliefs about how a country should be governed.' Another is 'the winning and using of power to govern society'.

Wherever and whomever we are, we cannot exclude politics from our daily lives. What we need, however, are politicians who will live, walk and function according to Isaiah 11:2-5.

What We Need

We need positive minds that are hopeful; without doubt, confidence that will encourage someone else on a daily basis that 'We can make it! It doesn't matter what we are facing, we can make it!'

Philippians 4:8 says, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things for success!"

Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant and author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.