ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE!

By Dr. Foster H. Shannon

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”
(Matthew 6:33)

The Bible deals with many themes: the crucifixion of our beloved Lord, the wages of sin, disobedience, suffering. These themes and others like them are important. But it would be a mistake to take any one of them and stew in it so that we cannot see the forest for the trees. The overall emphasis of the Bible is positive. Christ triumphed over the powers of death, sin, and evil in his suffering on the cross and resurrection from the dead. Suffering can draw us closer to God, help us to see our need of him, help us to give up things in life that are no good. We are set free from the burden of sin through the grace of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4):

God is the creator of the universe and of planet Earth

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

We are created in the image of God

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

We are loved by God

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? (Ezekiel 18:23)

God gives us a new life

“You have been born anew not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;”

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. (John 11:28)

God gives us purpose in life

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

Our Savior leads us in victory

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (II Corinthians 2:14)“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Our Savior’s purposes will be fulfilled

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,” (Revelation 1:1,2)

“And lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Foster H. Shannon
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More about Foster… Foster H. Shannon, Brief Biographical Note Dr. Foster Shannon received his degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Political Science, and went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary, with emphasis on church growth. The Interim Pastor of True Light Presbyterian Church in Alhambra, CA until recently, he is the author of seven books and a Sunday School curriculum. As the President of Green Leaf Press, a non-profit Christian publishing company, established in 1981, he publishes and markets Christian books with special emphasis on Bible Study, Church Growth, and Christian Evidences. The website is: www.gogreenleaf.com. He enjoys riding his bicycle and swimming weekly. He likes both classical and popular music. He roots for the CAL Bears and the Chicago Cubs.

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