Positive Thinking With Apostle Paul

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For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:15-25)

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  (1 Corinthians 3:7)

For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.  (1 Corinthians 15:9)

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

I have been a fool! You forced me to it, for I ought to have been commended by you. For I was not at all inferior to these super-apostles, even though I am nothing. (2 Corinthians 12:11)

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,  (Ephesians 3:8)

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  (1 Timothy 1:15)

These verses strike me as being in opposition to the thinking that the Christians best days are ahead in material abundance which brings happiness. Nor are they conducive to thinking highly of oneself so that one’s environment is created by those words. Or so that particular positive self-centered words create some sort of reality that does not yet exist. As a matter of fact, they would probably not be too popular among certain groups that name Christ.

The ultimate key to Paul’s positive thinking might be summed up in one verse.

For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
(1 Corinthians 2:2)

*All Scripture from the ESV.

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