The Impact of Negative vs. Positive

The Impact of Negative vs. Positive


Whoever of you loves life and desire to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Psalm 34:12-13

The tongue that brings healing is a tree to life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. Proverbs 15:4

F.W. Boreham tells of a man with two pockets. One has a hole in it and the other is carefully watched that no hole develops in it. Everything that he hears of a hurtful nature– insults, cutting remarks, gossip, unclean suggestions, or any such thing – he writes on a piece of paper and sticks it into his pocket with the hole. Everything that he hears that is kind, true, and helpful, he writes on a piece of paper and puts it in the pocket without the hole.

At night he pulls out all that is in the pocket without the hole, goes over all that he had put into it during the day, and thoroughly enjoys all the good things that have come his way that day.

Then he sticks his hand into the pocket with the hole and finds nothing there, so he rejoices that there are no evil things to rehearse.

Many of us reverse the other, putting the evil things in the pocket without the hole so that we can mull over them again and again. And in the pocket with the hole we put the good things so that they are quickly forgotten. Paul said it this way: “…if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think on such things.

Dwight Thompson

Be Yourself

Be Yourself

Be yourself

When you witness to others about Jesus Christ, you will run into some people who will have objections or questions.

Suppose you want to talk to someone about being born again, and they say to you, “Not now—some other time.” How do you answer this objection?

Here are some Scriptures that will help you. When they say, “Not now, some other time,” read from Proverbs 27:1: “Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

Hebrews 3:15: “While it is yet today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

Luke 12:19: “And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee, then whose shall those things be which thou has provided?”

With God, Time Is Of The Essence

Use these verses of Scriptures to encourage them to make that commitment to the Lord right now.

You might also want to have this verse of Scripture that I think is very important: Isaiah 55:6, “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”

Try to encourage them to realize that God’s time is RIGHT NOW!

I found out that I was putting on some kind of religions facade, it was sort of a mask in some ways, to get up behind the pulpit and suddenly sound religious, as opposed to just being me.

I found out that I can’t be Billy Graham, because God called Billy Graham to be Billy Graham. I just have to be me. I found out that just being Dwight Thompson was the best thing to be because that was all I was.

Just be sincere! Paul said in Philippians 1:10, “That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.”

I want you who are reading this just to be yourself. You’re really super! God had a wonderful idea when He made you, so don’t try to be someone else – just be yourself.

You will influence someone that will never listen to me. I could never reach them but YOU CAN! Let that personality just come out and be yourself, because people will listen to you.

A New Person

A New Person

Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

When you accept Christ, YOU ARE A NEW PERSON. Your concept, your understanding has changed. You now realize that God and the Bible are right, and that you have been wrong.

You have made the adjustment and you have confessed that you were wrong and that God was right…and this is REPENTANCE (which simply means… a change of mind). You have been transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, an perfect will of God.”

Now you have a brand new idea about life and death. “To live is Christ; to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).

You have new attitudes toward others. No longer is there hate, but now you are motivated by love for others. Now, you are not afraid to live and to love, and to be loved.