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Stay Positive Power of a smile Power of a frown. Too much negative news. A saw a hummingbird this week. Beautiful fast It was drawing sweetness from a flower. What do vultures eat? They eat dead things. You will find what you look for… What are you looking for Good or Evil? I’m not saying we stay ignorant. But what do we dwell on the goodness of God or depravity of man? Focusing on the bad will not help more people become Good. Only God can cleanse the soul. Proverbs 11:27 If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you! Could be a bit harder to find the good… Romans 8 and 8 Reasons to Be Optimistic 1. All of my sins are forgiven, and my eternity is secure a. Rom 8:1-2 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. b. FORGIVEN 2. Jesus is right next to God the Father praying for me! a. Rom 8:34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (Prayer warrior Maureen Naperstack) 3. My future victory is greater than my present pain! a. Rom 8:18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. Paul suffered more then most of us ever will. 4. My mind is filled with the life and peace of God. a. Rom 8:6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. I am with God getting through it. Change your self-talk to I can- with God. 5. If God is for me who can be against me? a. Rom 8:31,33 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 6. God’s Spirit Helps Me in my Weakness a. Rom 8:24-26 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope[a] for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. i. He Carries me and I draw closer to him when I’m hurting. 7. My God is working everything together for my good! a. Rom 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. i. God Blesses us through the BAD and the Good 8. Nothing can separate me from the Love of God a. Rom. 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Sin depresses while forgiveness brings light and transformation. The goodness of God makes us NEW. BRAND NEW. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases his mercy never comes to the end.