In J.J. Turner’s little book, God’s Way To The Top is a seemingly unlikely and out-of-place chapter in book encouraging positive attitudes entitled “The Power of Negative Thinking.”
Turner suggests “Man is like a battery; he can’t operate without a positive and negative.” He points out that the Bible contains many negative commands and statements, when observed and obeyed, produce a positive result in our lives.
Slightly adapted from Turner’s book, here are 10 that will bless you.
10 Negative Commands Producing a Positive Result
#1 “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matt. 7:1).
#2 “Lie not to one another…” (Col. 3:9).
#3 “Do not grumble against one another…(Jas 5:9).
#4 “Do not speak evil of one another…” (Jas. 4:11)
#5 “Walk not…in the vanity of your mind” (Eph. 4:17).
#6 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Eph. 4:16).
#7 “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…” (Eph. 4:30).
#8 “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints” (Eph. 5;3).
#9 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness…(Eph. 5:11).
#10 “Fathers provoke not your children to wrath…” (Eph. 6:4).
The ultimate negative that will produce the most positive outcome is Jesus’ challenge: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman
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