No matter one’s tenure in following Christ, the management of thoughts should never become less a priority. While it’s obvious to practice shutting down thoughts that are critical of others, impatient, or bitter, how often do we address thoughts about ourselves?
Why It Matters
Recently, God uncovered how misaligned my thoughts about myself were compared to HIS thoughts about me. Hiding comfortably behind insecurities and feelings of inferiority, negative thoughts about myself were interwoven into every motive. Ultimately, they became the disruptive self-talk that influenced my life and even ministry decisions. Because of this, I hesitated (doubted) when I should have trusted Him; I shrank back in fear (self-consciousness) when I could have conquered in His strength.
What are you saying about yourself? Does it match what the Creator says about you? When measured against the Word of God, negative self-talk reveals itself as a LIE repeating multiple times per day and, if left unchallenged, can steer you away from victorious living.
- “I can’t do anything right”
- “I’m not ____enough”
- “I don’t have a talent”
- “I don’t have any spiritual gifts”
- “I’ll never be free of this”
Or, more subtle:
- “I can’t ___, so God can’t use me”
- “I’ll never (be, be able to, have) _____…”
- “I can’t (do, have) ____…”
- “I don’t ____, so I can’t ____”
How do you change? By first recognizing the destructive thoughts as they occur and then replacing them with God’s Word. This is more than positive thinking; this is destroying the strongholds that have enslaved our minds so we can walk in the freedom we already possess in Him.
- Philippians 4:8, 13
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Psalms 37:5
- James 4:7
- Ephesians 6:10-12