Given June 25, 2007
I heard a story on this day about a fisherman who took a skillet with him on a fishing trip. He was planning on catching some fish. He was optimistic. Probably, he had caught fish before and believed he would again.
The kingdom of God works that way as well. When we are praying or believing for something, how do we act; what do we say? If we really believe the Word of God as displayed in the Bible, we will behave and speak in a certain way; you might say we’ll be optimistic. Are you praying for a job…? thank God for it and begin doing, James 1:22, things related to your new job. Are you sick…? thank God for your healing and begin speaking those things that are not as though they were, Romans 4:17.
I won’t say too much about being pessimistic but, if you listen, you’ll hear Christian brothers and sisters, and even ourselves, talking this way often. Watch out and don’t do this. Believe what God says, act on it, speak it and see it come to pass, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11:24“. Don’t pay any attention to the lies and temptations of the devil.
The daughter of a friend I worked with was praying for a new job. The next week at church, she gave a tithe on the salary of the new job. You know what happened, she got the job! Is that optimism, (faith), or what?