When you can’t choose or control your circumstances, you can still decide how you’ll respond to them. Paul was in prison when he wrote,
“Rejoice in the Lord always.”
Having a pessimistic outlook on life or talking negatively to yourself or others frequently is a serious thing.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
That means you can talk yourself to death or talk yourself to life. This is Scriptural truth. The trouble is we don’t always recognize when we’re engaging in negative self-talk, because it's habit-forming.
We unconsciously develop a compromised view of ourselves when we constantly think and say things like, "I’m such a loser", or ‘This is too hard, why even try?’
We settle for defeat when with a few minor attitude adjustments, we could open the door to amazing possibilities.
The worst part of negative self-talk is that we don’t just limit ourselves: we limit God.
As His redeemed child, there resides within you the power to think better, talk better and do better.
To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…be glory…forever.
It’s time to draw a line in the sand and declare, ‘Whatever God says about me, I will say too!’
Take a minute and listen to the popular Christian song, “You Say” by Lauren Daigle that earmarks these words,
“You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing. You say I am strong when I think I am weak. And you say I am held when I am falling short. And when I don't belong, oh You say I am Yours. And I believe. Oh, I believe. What You say of me, I believe.”
Let’s acknowledge that sometimes life is hard. And some of us have it harder than others.
That’s why the Bible says there is a time to cry and a time to laugh’ Ecc. 3:4
But what if you just keep ‘crying’ about life?
Here are three ways:
Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a promise to rely on! Who doesn’t want to ‘keep his soul from troubles.’?
You know how the doctor says, “This may pinch a little,’ as he jabs the needle into your arm? Borrow his technique and reduce the big ugly wordage to smaller, unintimidating terms. ‘Impossible’ is a brick wall compared to ‘this may take some work’. Wouldn’t you rather tackle a project that’s ‘challenging’ rather than ‘unmanageable?’ (3.) Be your own BFF (Blessed Friend Forever). Using your BFF voice, intentionally over-dub that negative droning voice inside you. Speak to yourself like you would to your very best friend. The Bible says, David encouraged himself in the Lord his God’ 1 Sam. 30:6. Reboot your mind. Reprogram your thoughts. Rewire your brain. There’s power in God’s Word. So, whatever He says about you, start saying the same thing and watch your life change for the better.
Pessimism affects you spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.
Negativity is directly related to heart disease, immune system deficits, and the ability to cope with physical pain.
Studies have shown that optimism and pessimism affect your health almost as clearly as physical factors.
One of the great findings of modern medical science is that the words we speak don’t just affect others, they affect us too.
Sometimes, even more. You believe and internalize what you repeatedly say. That means you have the God-given ability to change your perception of your own abilities from limited to limitless.
This means you can do whatever God has told you to do in His Word.
Whatever He calls you to do, He will enable you to do. And that’ll happen when you line up what comes out of your mouth with what’s written in His Word.
Phil. 4:13 says,
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
What a relief!!!!!
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This is so encouraging! I don't think I have ever noticed the verse, "David encouraged himself in the Lord his God" 1 Sam. 30:6. It is interesting that we can encourage ourselves in the Lord.
Counselor Bonna mention useful techniques to help me.
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