An exciting journey awaits when we deepen our understanding of who we are in Christ. Let’s face it, we spend too much time using unkind words toward ourselves, name-calling, and tearing ourselves down from the inside. We believe we’re incapable, unworthy, unloved, and insignificant. Jesus, on the other hand, says that we are gifted, valued, adored, and precious in His sight.
Taming our negative thoughts is critical to overcoming fear and anxiety or treating others with respect. It’s essential to consider our own identity based on who God says we are rather than what we accomplish (or fail to accomplish) each day.
There is often a great divide between how we feel and what we know to be true. Controlling our thoughts can prove a difficult hill to climb but it’s not impossible because we can fight them with the Sword of the Spirit. That is the Word of God.
When Emotions Grab Hold of Mindset
Rather than letting emotions grab hold of our mindset, are commanded take our thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. We’re empowered by the Lord to do so. That means that He gives us the ability to think as Jesus thinks, to have the “mind of Christ” as the Bible says (1 Cor 2:16).
Taming our thoughts is possible when we begin to use the Word of God as the mighty weapon that it is. A weapon is of no value to us when it sits on a shelf gathering dust. But when we take it down, dust it off, and put it to practice, we become proficient in wielding it and benefitting from its power.
By filling our minds with the truth of God’s Word, we push away any room in our thoughts for negativity and lies of the enemy. By meditating on and receiving God’s truth, we begin to shift our destructive mindset into one that equips and empowers us. Accepting ourselves for who God says we are in His Word brings victory and freedom instead of captivity and defeat.
Take Hold of the Truth
Isaiah 43:1 provides several notable truths about who we are in Christ:
“Now this is what the LORD says—
… Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.”
(Isaiah 43:1, HCSB).
According to God’s Word, the truth is:
We are redeemed
God calls us by name
We are His (He call us “Mine”)
Therefore, we are not to fear
Respond with Action
Read Isaiah 43:1 again slowly and receive it as the cherished gift from God that it is. Meditate on the words as if the Lord were speaking them directly to you.
Allow this truth to push away the negative thoughts you’ve thought about yourself today. Tame those thoughts with the truth of God’s Word. Throughout the day when you begin to think such things as “I can’t…” stop that thought in its tracks and say aloud, “But God’s Word says that I am redeemed. He has called me and a belong to Him.”
Embrace the Joy
There’s no doubt you’ll see an immediate breakthrough when you replace the lies of negative thinking with the truth of God’s Word. The more you actively receive and accept the love of Christ and see yourself as His beloved child, the more you’ll walk in confidence and assurance. You’ll stop putting so much pressure on yourself to perform well or to be perfect when you know that the Creator of the universe loves you just as you are today.
Walking through this practice daily will also bring blessing and assurance. You’ll soon find truthful thoughts come to the forefront of your mind more quickly. You’re taking steps toward taming your thoughts which will help mend relationships, move you into greater service for God, and naturally share the love of Christ with others.
I hope to see you back here for the next post in our series about taming thoughts.
Until then, may the Lord continue to strengthen and encourage us through His Word.