“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
~Norman Vincent Peale
The idea of mindfulness was brought up in a recent conversation and it got me to thinking. The enemy sure is good at what he does. He isn’t going to dangle a carrot in front of our noses unless he knows it’s one that we’d be quick to gobble up.
For me personally, negative self talk can be the enemy’s weapon of choice. The hook is always hidden in the bait. If I allow negative thoughts to rule my mind, he will attack it and with it my heart. I’ve learned the hard way this is an area I need to guard against (Ephesians 6:10-18).
If you find yourself constantly dwelling on your problems, or allowing negative thoughts to take space in your mind, don’t be surprised if you also find yourself living in perpetual discouragement or defeat. What you think, you say, and what you say, you do.
“Our faith is really proven in the way we talk to ourselves.
The loudest human voice you will listen to is your own.
Choose your words wisely.” ~Christine Caine
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything (1 John 3:20).”
Don’t get trapped in the negative thoughts cycle! Over thinking will not overcome fear, but God’s perfect love will.
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me (John 14:1).”
“Do not let” is a volitional phrase, meaning the choice is ours. That’s good news!
Faith refuses to stress over and focus on the problem. Instead, faith rests on the promises of God.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:6-9).”
“Obey your way into the feeling. Don’t feel your way into obedience.” -Steve Gaines
Worry and fear are good indicators you’ve stopped trusting God with your problems. What kind of thoughts have you allowed to ruminate? Are you meditating on God’s Word and having faith in His promises? Or, are you allowing the enemy to defeat you with negative self talk that leads to worry and fear?
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature (Galatians 5:16).”
Forgive me, Lord, for the times I’ve believed the lies of the enemy instead of trusting in You. I pray for those struggling in their faith, Father. I pray for those struggling with negative self talk. Cover them with Your peace that passes all understanding. Reveal to them your presence and Truth. When the things going on in the world around us get dark, let us remember that You are still in control. You have overcome! You are always good; You are always faithful. In Jesus name, Amen!