Our mind holds great power over our actions. What we think comes out in our behavior. We may hide our thoughts for a while, but they will eventually show. We may fool ourselves by saying our thoughts are harmless.
What we believe to be true about God and ourselves defines how we respond to people and events around us.
What do you believe about yourself? What kind of self-talk goes on in your mind?
3 Signs of bad thinking
- You have a hard time making decisions.
- You worry about what others think.
- You do not experience peace or rest in God.
- Your dreams never turn into realities.
Bad thinking holds us powerless to change our life. It binds and destroys our hope of the future. It keeps us in a place of weakness, refusing to allow us to grow.
If you want to grow, you must change your thinking.
Three ways to turn around bad thinking.
- Acknowledge wrong thinking. Changing your thinking begins with acknowledging the bad. Take notice when you are thinking negative or harmful thoughts. Write them down. Truthfully, tell God about what is going on in your mind.
- Replace wrong thinking. Once you have acknowledged the bad, replace it with new. Rewrite the story that plays in your head. Tell yourself what is already true or what you want to be true about yourself. You do not have to feel it. Feelings come later with belief.
- Practice. When the old bad way of thinking starts playing in your mind acknowledge what is going on. Stop and replace it with your new story. Repeat this over and over until you begin to believe it.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Philippians 4:8-9).”
Our way of thinking is so very important. It affects how we love, how we teach, and how we live.
You may feel inadequate to change your thought life, however you are given power through Christ to overcome and renew your mind.
Question: How have your thoughts worked against what you really wanted in your relationship with family, friends, or God? Comment below