In the midst of defeat, discouragement, or doubt, it tends to be my own thoughts that seem to nurture these feelings. It is my own self-deprecating judgment and my “what if’s” that lead me to fear, sorrow, and even pain. When in the midst of discouragement, my husband always reminds me of the verse, Phillippians 4:8. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is excellent, beautiful, and respected, think of such things.” And he reminds me to become aware of my train of thought. Building awareness of your thoughts will build a better foundation for your life. Taking captive of every thought forms a better you and shapes a greater, purposeful life. Your thoughts create your self.
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. (Prov 4:8)
Thoughts turn into feelings that can trigger stress, anxiety, or pain. Which turn into words and actions. And words and action can either bring life or death. It is important to identify our thoughts by asking ourselves if our thoughts reflect God’s thoughts. Talk yourself up. Tell yourself you are willing and capable to do all things in His strength. Do not speak the enemy’s lies to yourself that echo past mistakes and vulnerabilities. Different thought leads to different actions.
Identify your thoughts and how you perceive yourself.
Is this thought helping me?
Is this thought hurting me?
Is this thought causing me to fear?
Is this thought hindering me?
Is this what God says about me?
Is this what God says about this situation?
God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid, but a spirit of power, and love, and self-control. – 2 Tim. 1:7