Philippians 4:8 says:
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.
Why did God tell us this? When you think otherwise it leads to destructive behavior. God knows that thinking negative has an effect on our behavior.
2 Corinthians 11:3 says:
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpeants’ cunning, your minds may somehow be led from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
This weekend I got sick I had to stay home for fathers day. As I sat at home negative thoughts started to form in my mind about the years spent without a father. 2 Corinthians 11: 3 does not say that you won’t be tempted it says like Eve somehow you will be led from your sincere and pure devotions to Christ. Don’t get me wrong my grandfather was great in my life. He taught me how to play poker, fish, he opened up my first savings account when I was 10, taught me how to save and brought me my first bra. But that cunning serpeant knows your weakness. As I thought more and more about it I started to think that I was being punished by God for something I did or didn’t do. As I pulled myself out of it by prayer I thought about how easy it is to get sidetracked into negative thinking.
Tips for overcoming negativity
1. Seek God- prayer always does the trick. It may not be immediate but relief comes
2. Realize Satan’s Plan- God’s plan is the opposite of Satan’s plan so when we know God is good and everything that comes from him is good so negative thought yep its Satan
3. Look at the present NOT the past- There are many people in the bible who started out bad but ended up great like Joseph, Job, Hebrew boys. Satan uses your past because it can condemn you but your present and future he can’t because your latter will be greater.
4. Understand your greater purpose- You are called far above the amount in your bank account more than your salary more than the clothes on your back. You are royalty a priesthood. Focus on bringing others to Christ. Focus on ministry. Focus on your purpose to fulfill God’s plan. You may have a plan we all do but as the disciples we drop what we are doing and follow Christ.
I hope this has encouraged you to learn to move beyond your problems and your situations and into the realm of God.
Thought I leave with you
NEGATIVE THINKING TURNS INTO
Has God helped you clear your thoughts? Share in the comments.