God’s Word has the power to totally eradicate negative thinking and obtrusive thoughts. Many people, including Christians, are tormented daily by negative thoughts, feelings and self-talk. This can be in the form of impure thoughts, thoughts of harming themselves, or other people, shame of past behavior, all kinds of fears or thoughts that lead into obsessive compulsive disorders.
For many years, as a Christian, I dealt with tormenting thoughts. I went to see various counselors and attended support groups and tried almost everything they suggested. These things helped in a limited way and while I’m grateful for the things I learned and for the people who reached out to me, it was not enough.
I finally got the help I needed after I left the religion I grew up in and started going to a different church. I received a revelation that God loves me and that the promises in the Bible are for me today. I learned that casually reading my Bible every day, would not automatically make me free from the negative thoughts that plagued me. I had to renew my mind with the Word of God. Here are some ways on how to do that:
Listen to some good faith building messages every day. When I sense depression, fear, anxiety and negative thinking trying to take over my mind, I know I’ve not spent enough time in the Word. If the attack is severe, I may put everything else on hold and spend an hour or two giving the Word my full attention- listening to some good faith teaching and preaching via the Internet, my mp 3 player or a CD etc.
Another way to renew your mind is by meditating in the word. A good verse to meditate on when you feel worried is Proverbs 3: 5-6.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Read it over and over and personalize it for your specific situation. For example, “I trust in the Lord with all my heart; I don’t lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him, and He directs my paths, He shows me what to do. I never worry about anything. I trust in the Lord concerning our finances, I trust in the Lord to help my husband make wise decisions, I trust in the Lord to help us get our roof fixed. I trust in the Lord to take care of my (family member) and put someone across her path to let her know that God loves her and has a good plan for her life…”
At times of intense pressure, I sometimes do this for at least an hour or until faith replaces the worried thoughts.
If you are dealing with a situation or difficulty, get some scriptures that apply to your situation. Start saying them again and again as you contemplate them in your mind. Think about how it applies to your situation. This will set you free and allow God to start working in your situation.
Click here for How to Stop Negative Thoughts part 2.
Disclaimer: The information found in this post should not replace professional help, please use wisdom and get the counseling and medical help you require.