31 Dec 2014 by Kim Yung CM-
Discouraging thoughts often creep up into everyone’s mind. As long as they are there, they will drain a substantial amount of your time that you could have used for more productive matters. More often than not, when these thought are allowed to persist, you might find yourself feeling lost, hopeless, and even more discouraged than when you started. Why allow yourself to go through this road of defeat, when are able to instead have wonderful thoughts instead. After all, God has given you the ability and the free will to control what gets into your mind.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Negative emotions can originate from several sources. What you’re feeling may be your own; it may be someone else’s or it may be a combination. It isn’t easy but there are thankfully ways to overcome negative thoughts.
First of all, it is important to learn to hear God’s voice; the only way to know Him is to have a personal relationship with Him through His son Jesus. God speaks to us in many ways; it could be through pictures, visions or even through other people. The ability to discern from right and wrong has already been given to us. The question is, which do you often allow to run your thoughts?
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27)
Secondly, in order to overcome negativity, we need to encourage lively thoughts, one that is full of optimism and faith that it is able to overcome any negative thought. Learn to see the signs of where your thoughts are leading to and to stop before you head downhill. When there seems to be too much in your mind, slow down and shift your thoughts to a positive direction.
Read the great spoken words in the Bible. When you are worried, look for a promise or scripture in God’s word and speak it out loud to yourself. Those words will help you to get rid of negative thoughts by feeding your mind with positive and Godly thoughts. Simultaneously, it also helps to talk to someone close to you who cares for your well-being.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Thirdly, it is very important to embrace an attitude of gratitude. Gratitude is our way of responding to and reflecting on God’s love. When you cultivate positive thoughts at the beginning of everyday, focus on your blessings and the encouragement that has been given to you from God. Focus on your blessings!
Last but not least, send your worries to God and be steadfast in prayer. When you learn to trust in the Almighty in every step of your life, life automatically becomes much easier to handle, as burdens become lighter. Know that you are never alone and that God is able to carry your burdens for you just like when He sent His only son Jesus to die for all our sins.
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6)
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94:19)
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