Our mind is often the rudder of our lives. Our thoughts can dictate so very much. Our beliefs are determining so much of what we experience in life. If we believe we cannot do something, we most likely will not see much success in life. If we believe we can acheive something, then we most likely will see more success in our lives.
I have not met too many people who want to be mediocre, not succeed, nor have poor relationships. I have not met anyone who said, “I would really love to have poor relationships, be mistreated, or abused.” Yet there are people all over the world who are suffering. Some suffering is based on things outside their control. Other forms of suffering is because of limiting belief systems.
Some people have been programmed to believe negative thoughts and negative things about themselves or their lives. This negativity does not produce positive outcomes in their lives.
Confident and abundant life is found partially in having a renewed mind.
We have assessed the problem, “Negative thoughts do not produce a positive life.” Now how do we break free?!
The bible gives us instructions:
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes,~Romans 12:2 (The Passion Translation).
We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One,~2 Corinthians 10:5 (The Passion Translation).
The mind must be renewed, weeded, and we must take thoughts captive and make them obedient to the thoughts of God. Why? God’s thoughts are full of faith, wisdom, and they are perfect. God’s thoughts are noble, good, positive, and pure. When we invite God into our thought processes we will notice that our thoughts are not always correct, nor are they always our thoughts. There are spiritual things at work that work to pollute the mind. Some are interjected thoughts, “I hate myself, I hate my life.” Some are negative images and belief systems from the media. Some are things people say to us that are negative.
Weeding Our Thought Life:
Have you ever had a garden or flower bed? I have. Periodically I notice that there are weeds poking through the soil. I did not plant those weeds, yet the wind has blown seeds of those weeds into my flower bed. If I do not pull up those weeds, they continue to grow or spread out.
The same happens with thoughts and agreements. Our thoughts are seeds; words are seeds. If we do not take inventory of what we are thinking and saying, we can have a mind that is full of weeds (negativity, limiting beliefs, bitterness, unbelief).
We are invited by God to do the following:
1. Invite Him into our thought life.
2. Weed our thoughts.
3. Agree with Him.
There is power in agreement. What we agree with, we empower in our lives. When we weed our thoughts, we are saying, “This thought right here is not good, I renounce it. I am not in agreeement with this thought or line of thinking.” By coming out of agreement with negative thoughts and limiting beliefs, they lose their power and ability to spread.
I used to believe I could do public speaking. I did not want to be on a stage or platform and felt it was for someone else. My beliefs kept me off stages or platforms. Then I had some people encourage me to speak. At first I was adamant to say no. Then I caved and decided to do some speaking engagements. My mindset shifted from, “I cannot do this,” to “This can be done.” Since then I have spoken at several conferences and been invited to speak at churches.
Today, I want you to ask God what negative thoughts or lies you are believing and let‘s renounce them together.
God, search our minds and emotions today. Please highlight any limiting thoughts or beliefs. Highlight anything that does not align with your truth.
What pops into your head? If it’s negative, renounce it, and ask God for His truth to take it’s place.
Cheering for you! Have an incredible day.