Do you know on an average day you are exposed to 4,000-10,000 advertisements alone (Forbes.com)? Not to mention the countless emails, messages, task, and conversations that you participate in. And it doesn’t stop there! Your mind is like a sponge holding on to the good and the bad. Most of the time the negative thoughts consume our brains and transform our way of thinking.
All over the internet, you see the new craze of minimalistic living. The simple life. Coaches are challenging people to remove the mess from their spaces. And while everyone is busy purging their physical domains who is taking the time to teach you to clear the clutter from your mind? Because a changed behavior without a changed mind is a temporary fix.
This morning, as I was praying with some of my congregation I was captivated by the issues that plague the mind. There are so many people among us suffering from diseases that all start with what’s going on in their heads. We’re stuck in perpetual warfare that promotes negativity. We constantly dwell on the wrong thoughts over and over. Then we wonder why our lives are stuck in situations that we’ve been praying to get out of! Some of us are broke because we keep thinking about how broke we are. But we try to confess we’re the lender and not the borrower. It won’t work! The key to changing your life is in changing your mind. Proverbs 23:7 NKJV provides a principle for us. It states “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Just as I tell my church all the time you can’t separate your behavior from your beliefs.
So what do we do to stop rehearsing rhetoric in our minds and start healing our lives? We must declutter our brains. I’ve laid out five simple steps to help you gain control over your thinking
Step 1: Reflection
In order to break free from the negative thing, we must first identify where did the thought come from? Why do I believe this way? We need to do a root cause analysis. Spend a few moments asking yourself the why behind the what. If the thought is “I’m not good enough,” figure out where that came from? Where was the seed of doubt about my abilities first sown? How did I allow myself to believe it? Be careful as you venture down this thought process. This isn’t about blaming anyone else or growing resentment in your heart about something that happened. This is about your personal healing.
Step 2: Read the Word of God
After you’ve discovered the issues challenging your thought-life it’s time to read the Bible. Find scriptures and characters that deal with the issue you going through. Get a God said, meaning what is the word of the Lord about it? If the Bible says that we are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), must we be good enough? What about “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesian 2:10 NKJV). And if I am created for good works, I must be enough. When you start reading the Bible ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate the truth to you. Spend time exploring and invite God into the process.
Step 3: Replace the Thought with the Desired Behavior
Next it’s time to rid yourself of the negative thought. Chose a positive thought and dwell on that. I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). And that becomes my new thought. And you think on it until you see the positive results manifest in your life. You have to make your reality align with your revelation, not the other way around.
Step 4: Rehearse Your Confession and Belief
Now, it’s time to use the power of decreeing and declaring. You have to begin to confess your beliefs. Now that you truly have come into the power of what God says, you say what He said. I tell people all the time get some notecards, write down the scriptures that align with your beliefs, and every time a negative thought tries to sneak back in you rebuke it with the word of God. Old thoughts return, before it can settle in, you confess your revelation. I am the good work of God. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am the apple of His eye. I am His child that He sent Jesus to Restore. And so forth and so on. There is power in the confession of your mouth.
Step 5: Renew Your Mind Constantly and Repeat
Finally, it seems that you’ve come to the end of the process. But this is just one thought and one instance. The Scriptures says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) Meaning that you have to repeat this process over and over. Don’t follow to the ways of the world brewing over negativity, envy, jealousy, slander. Instead spend time in God’s word daily. Go through the process to declutter your brain and challenge your stinking thinking.
As you clear the clutter and begin to purge the negative thoughts in your mind, I pray that you come into fullness as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. And that you start thinking with the mind of Christ and not with the mind of the negative scenarios and situations that you’ve encountered over the years. I believe that if you do the work, and follow these steps, this will be a year unlike any other for you. Because victory starts in our minds!
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