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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Issue # 25 - ‘O’ What a relief

As we move on to the later part of this year and the times to come more uncertain things and events are happening. Things we have never heard of or experienced. If you are paying attention to what is going on in the earth, tragedy is happening at a much faster rate. Destruction is happening all around us and no group is being left untouched in some way.

In the midst of all this, there is something that is very important that must be a part of your survival tool box. In these last days you need something that is going to help you look these things in the face with hope.

Today, tragedy may be at my house and tomorrow he finds himself visiting your house. Last time we looked at the word news, let me tell you bad news does not discriminate. Loss of jobs, labor disputes, recession, companies closing down, cost of living rising, increasing social ills, etc.

The best key for these issues is to be optimistic. Believe it or not that’s the key word for today. That’s one reason to appreciate the letter 'O'.

1. Inclined to hope for the best, or to expect it.
2. Predicting improvement.
3. Believing positively.

"Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. A "you can do it" when things are tough".
Richard M. DeVos

According to a special report to CNN from Mayo Clinic, researchers continue to explore the effects of optimism on health. The health benefits optimism may provide are:

  • Decreased stress
  • Greater resistance to catching the common cold
  • A sense of well-being and improved health
  • Reduced risk of coronary artery disease
  • Breathing easier if you have chronic obstructive lung disease, such as emphysema
  • Improved coping ability for women with high-risk pregnancies
  • Living longer
  • Better coping skills

It's unclear why optimists experience these health benefits. But one theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the effects of stress on your body.

You Will Succeed At Everything You Do

What if you were able to see these words flash before you today? How would you feel? Will it give you a different outlook toward your situation and life? Would that cause you to attempt to do more things? Well then, it goes to show you that you do believe that you can have success. So affirmation is important.

Why do you get out of bed each day? It is because you are believing to see a better situation and life? Just to get out of bed each day takes strength and courage, especially when you had a dark night.

It’s not that easy to see hope and be optimistic when all you see is darkness or a dry environment. Thank God for the power to envision, this enables you to see with the eyes of God.

Imagine hearing the words it’s going to rain when you don’t see any clouds, or you are healed when pain is rocking your body and your health is failing, God shall supply all your needs when your needs list increases everyday.

Yes I understand negative thoughts and images will bombard you but you must still keep getting up out of bed. The minute you let your mind influence you to stop being optimistic, you are on your way to defeat.

Since you can only have one thought at a time, here are some affirmations to keep your thoughts positive:

  • I always have a choice.
  • Anything is possible.
  • I create my circumstances, my circumstances don't create me.
  • I can control my attitude towards life.
  • Look at the little things in life that are good and it will make your life a WHOLE lot better.

Before you win anything in life, you win it in your mind first. So don’t let the enemy allow you to switch channel. Keep watching the film that God is showing you and eventually it will manifest. "For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry". (Habakkuk 2:3)

No matter what the environment is around you, I’m sure you would rather be hanging on by the threads than not to be hanging on at all.


Cannon Alone


Bible Readings:-
Romans 10:17
Romans 15:4
Jeremiah 17:7

Coming next week: The series continues…letter 'P'

Take care until…......and God Bless ya

Are you ready to face eternity? If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life and desire to make that commitment now please repeat the following prayer:

Lord Jesus be merciful to me a sinner. I realize that I have sinned against you and come
short of your glory. I confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and I believe in my heart that God has raised him from the dead. I pray for your forgiveness and ask that you save me now and accept me into your kingdom. Give me eternal life today.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

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