Have you ever had negative thoughts about yourself? I’m too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, or too ugly. How about I don’t make enough money or they’ll never give me what I’m asking for or worse yet, I’ll never succeed? I’ve heard that on average you think over 60K thoughts each day and that 60-80% of those thoughts are negative. You cannot help what thoughts initially come into your brain, but you can choose whether you are going to meditate on those thoughts or dismiss them.
The bible says that you should concentrate or meditate on good thoughts. It says in Philippians 4:8 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.. The bible says to take these thoughts captive and to cast them down or basically dismiss them (DO NOT MEDITATE ON THEM). There reasons why negative thoughts come so easily. We remember the bad easier that remembering the good. I heard someone say it like this. We have Teflon coated good memory center and Velcro coated bad memory center. Also, if the thought is tied to something from our past, our brain is trying to protect us from getting hurt again. I call those fears. In that moment, we might be experiencing something that is making us uncomfortable and the fight or flight mechanism is kicking in. The thought may have validity or it may be our imagination getting away from us. Either way, you can analyze the thought. Determine if it is valid. If it is valid, determine if you need to do something to resolve an issue related to the thought. If not, dismiss the thought and move on. If the thought is self-defeating, ask yourself this question. If that is true, and it happens, then what is the worst thing that can happen? If the worst thing happens, what would that do to me? Can I live with that? Is that really a big deal or am I just uncomfortable with that outcome. If you are uncomfortable with the possible outcome, then you have to decide if you are going to stay the way you are or are you going to challenge yourself to get better?
So how do you renew your mind and why should you do it? The bible says that faith begins where the will of God is known. God wants you to be an overcomer in life. He wants you to be the best you that you can be and you can renew your mind by reading the bible. There are many versions and you can find one that fits your reading preference. I like the King James Version for memorization, but there are other versions that explain the topics better.
The reason why you should do it is that you have everything you need inside of you to be great and maybe you already are great, but maybe you’re not. I struggled with feelings of inferiority, doubt, and unbelief. When I read God’s word in the bible I discovered he had a plan for my life and I discovered that he gave me everything that I needed to be successful. All I needed to do was believe that, then take the necessary steps to achieve what I was capable of doing. It is the same with you. God says in Deuteronomy 28 that He gave you the power to get wealth. When you learn what he wants for your life, you start to have the faith necessary to do it. Faith walks, it has legs. If we had a spiritual scale we could measure it. I want to challenge you today to do a few things that will start the transformation process in your life.
- Stop meditating on all the negative thoughts coming to you daily
- If you decide to meditate on a negative thought, ask yourself why are you thinking about it? Then determine if there is an action step necessary so that you can change this negative thought to a positive one.
- Read your bible and determine what God has planned for your life. If you don’t know where to start, then start in the book of John.
- Pray and ask God what he has planned for your life and believe that he will show you the answer.
- Meditate on Scriptures with promises like. John 3:16, 1 John 4:4, Psalms 23:4, Isaiah 54:14, Isaiah 54:17, & Psalms 1:8. I can give you others if you want to request them by sending an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Speak out loud God’s promises for your life.