Negative thoughts. Sometimes they come like waves. I had a night like that last night. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was tired. Maybe because I was under attack by spiritual forces at work – who knows. It really doesn’t matter why. What matters when this happens is what you do about it.
I have had struggles in this area before. I used to believe every thought that came into my head. Let me tell you – that is not healthy. I acted on bad thoughts and ended up in a world of hurt.
Today is different. I have learned that every thought that comes into my head may not be something I need to ponder on. I can choose to reject some thoughts. Some thoughts are from the enemy of our soul. Yes – the battle is for our minds. That is why God says to renew our minds and test every thought. That is why God tells us to think on good things.
How did I overcome those negative thoughts? I used the Word of God. I had to reaffirm what God said is greater that what I felt at the time. Feelings are not always real. Seriously. When I let my feelings rise above the Word I get myself in trouble. Feelings come and go. Feelings lie. The Word of God is the Truth.
Here are the things I told myself last night to overcome the wave of negative thoughts:
- God says I am chosen and beloved
- God says I am worthy
- God says I am loved
- God says He will give me life – not death
- God says what He made is good
- God says He will complete the work He is doing in me
- God says He loves me and He will protect me
I refuse to entertain negative thinking. When I do I end up hurting myself or others. God has plans for us, plans for a future, and good things. I will retrain my mind to dwell on the good and let go of the bad.