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There is no lack of information out there for those who are looking to overcome negative thinking.
Everything from books to articles, from online courses to life coaches – all designed to help you to turn negative thoughts into positive ones.
And while this may work for some on a surface level, negativity isn’t just a battle we wage in our thoughts – it’s a battle that is also waged in our spirit.
And all of the positive affirmations and self-care routines will never go to the spirit level.
To wage spiritual battles we must use spiritual weapons.
This is why I speak out so strongly against mingling these new age and pagan practices with Christianity because they defile our worship.
They also give us a false sense of having righted our course, when all we’ve done is put up a smoke screen that distracts us from the real issue.
God wants to get to the heart of the issue, and in order to do so He must deal with the areas of our life that until now we’ve been unwilling to let Him touch.
5 Biblical Steps to Overcome Negative Thinking
If we’re going to overcome negative thinking, we must take a biblical approach.
We must wage this spiritual battle with spiritual weapons of warfare that are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds!
Areas of our life where we have allowed the enemy jurisdiction in our life. It is time to evict him and all of his minions!
Are you ready?
1. Identify source of negativity
This is actually a little harder than we think.
Our first response is to point to a person or situation in our life as a source of negativity and drama, but if we’re going to root it out, we must go deeper.
The easiest way to solve your dandelion problem is chop them down with a lawnmower.
But have you really solved the problem? Actually, no. You may have made it worse! To solve the problem, you must go to the root.
Go past the person or situation. Go past the negative emotions. Go all the way down to 1 John 2:15-16
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.”
For every sin that exist from which they all stem
- The lust of flesh
- The lust of the eyes
- The pride of life
The negativity in your life may stem from a desire that is unmet in your life or an area of bitterness left unchecked. Whatever it is, you need to follow it down to the root.
Then it’s time to repent and root it out.
2. Take every thought captive
“Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:5
The goal isn’t just to overcome negative thinking.
If this was the goal, then all of those positive affirmations and self-care routines would actually work. But for the Christian, there is a greater goal!
The greater goal is transform our thinking so that our thoughts are expressed through the truth of Scripture.
God wants our thinking to agree with His thinking!
The Greek word captivity in 2 Corinthians 10:5 literally means to imprison and bring into submission so that our thoughts are brought into obedience to Jesus Christ.
3. Renew your mind
Once you’ve captured that negative thought, you need to begin building new thinking patterns.
Again, this goes beyond – way beyond – positive affirmations. Positive affirmations deal with our psyche, renewing the mind goes all the way to our spirit.
We aren’t renewing our mind on the soul level.
We’re renewing our mind at the spirit level – and to do so, we must use spiritual weaponry!
We aren’t turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts, we’re turning negative thoughts into biblical thoughts, and to do so, we must use Gods Word.
Find a verse or passage that speaks to the source of your negativity and begin memorizing it and meditating on it.
4. Cultivate thankfulness
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Emphasis mine
I’ll bet you’ve never considered thanksgiving to be a spiritual weapon.
But it is!
Thanksgiving is a powerful weapon to battle fear, worry, anxiety, and negativity; because it shifts our focus from our circumstance to our Creator!
We stop looking at what we don’t have or what we wish we could change to all of the glorious things God has done in our life.
That is why I created this Thankful Journal. It helps me to keep my focus on what God has done.
Have you noticed all of the times in the Old Testament when God used worship to defeat Israel’s enemy?
One of the tools God has given me for bringing rest in my home is to play worship music more often than I do – to create an atmosphere of worship in my home.
Worship brings rest.
It brings rest from our enemy because as God is glorified the enemy is confused. He flees. He is confused. He defeats himself.
Worship should always remind us of who God is: His sovereignty, His character, and His might and power.
And as we become more aware of who He really is, the negativity in our life must dissipate!
Knowledge and understanding of who God is cannot coexist with negativity. The one cancels out the other.
And sadly, the opposite is true: when we concentrate on negativity, we lose sight of who God really is! This is why worship must be a daily practice in our life because it brings to focus who God is.
And when who God really is comes into focus, negativity flees.
Dear sister, here are 10 verses for battling negativity – I know these will be as powerful in your life as they have been in mine.
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