An answer for troubled thoughts...

Written by Desiree Visser

Thoughts are powerful. Positive thoughts have the power to lift the spirit, make the impossible happen, and bring hope to a desperate situation. Negative thoughts have the power to steal that hope; create endless reasons why something will not work or why you should not even try. How does one escape troubled thinking? Thought patterns tend to be enduring, and resistant to change. In Psalms 13:2 David asks “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts?” He was crying out to the Lord in a time of difficulty – where the struggle on the outside had moved to the inside. The Lord enables David to win his battle, and see in verse 5 and 6, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise for He has been good to me.” David’s call to rejoice and keep his faith in the Lord shows the victory over his thoughts.

Modern psychology recommends self-meditation for a peaceful mental state. Self-meditation and yoga are often words associated with calm and peace. Do not be fooled – they are founded in the Eastern religions of Buddhism and false god worship. If our goal is to emulate Jesus and please the Lord, we should not be tempted to find peace in these places. The emotional relief might be temporary but the cords of sin that entangle are not. The bible teaches us a better way. Praise and thanksgiving to the Almighty God rewires the brain to focus outside of our own problem. Be mindful in your meditation of the words of the Lord, rather than mindful of yourself. Making the decision to praise the Lord for who He is and aligning yourself with Him will help you win the battle against negative thinking.

To meditate (think about or contemplate) on the Word of God is to acknowledge the truth of who God is. God is the giver of peace and the creator of wisdom, HE is unshakable – all safe-keeping, peace and protection are found in HIM. Why look to the self for peace unsuccessfully, when you can look to the Lord and find it? Why try to be independent and fix the problem of anxiety within yourself when you were made to be dependent on the Lord and find rest in HIS presence?

Proverbs 4:20-22 “My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.” If you find yourself struggling with anxious thoughts and hopelessness, turn to the Lord in humility. Read aloud the words God spoke to you and believe that they are true for you in Jesus.


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