I am not into self-help, positive confession, or positive thinking.
I am into what the LORD God of the Bible says.
The God of the Bible gives me faith filled optimism simply because I believe what He has written in His Word.
The Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” – Romans 10:17.
We need to read the Bible and study the Bible because we want to hear His truth with the ears of our hearts and receive the faith of God that is the result of hearing the Word of God.
Faith is necessary, for without faith we can never please God: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” Hebrews 11:6.
We need to live a life that is pleasing to God and worthy of the Gospel we say we believe by faith – Hebrews 11.
By faith in Christ, we can live empowered by Christ to the glory of Christ – Romans 6-8.
To live the Christ empowered life, we need faith in Him: who He is, what He has accomplished, and what He is yet to do. We learn these truths about Him through the Scriptures. As we learn the Scriptures, we are to believe them and do them: “But you be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving your own selves” – James 1:22.
Our life in Christ, lived through Christ, all begins with faith in Christ and continues by faith in Christ: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet, not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me” – Galatians 2:20.
As disciples of Christ Jesus our Lord, we are to never cease to live by faith: “For we walk by faith not by sight” – 2 Corinthians 5:7.