1. Faith is not mental assent to correct doctrine. (Part 1)
2. Faith is not striving. (Part 2)
3. Faith is not positive thinking. (Part 3) – today
Faith is not positive thinking. Positive thinking is when I combine the first two things faith is not. Positive thinking is when I strive to mentally assent to correct doctrine. Positive thinking is when I try really hard to think right thoughts about God. Such efforts, however sincere, produce frustration and disappointment, not faith. True faith in God can operate when your brain is actually quite negative, screaming that you are absolutely crazy to exercise faith this way.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days. NIV
The walls of Jereicho fell by faith. Let’s not think for a moment that this was the result of positive thinking. What they were doing was completely beyond the rational. There must have been very real parts of their thinking as they marched around that city day after day that weren’t necessarily positive.