Have you ever had negative thoughts bombarding your mind? For years they plagued me. In 1993 I learned that not all my thoughts were of my own origin. That was liberating truth. From then on, when I had a negative thought, I would not give it another thought. Before, I would dialogue with it. Afterward, I would ignore it and switch to praise.
Yesterday I was creating a new recipe when the Holy Spirit intercepted my thoughts. He put this thought into my mind: trash your negative thoughts. Since I like to envision and implement my practical steps to freedom, here is the picture that came. In my mind, I took a piece of paper and wrote down the negative thought. Then I triumphantly wadded up the paper and throw it into my trash can. It broadened my understanding 2 Corinthians 10:5 which says to take every thought captive.
In recent years I read some of Caroline Leaf’s books. She is a Christian neuroscientist. She said that negative thoughts are toxic to the brain. Toxic thinking changes our brain’s wiring in a negative direction, and throws our mind and body into stress. So a negative dialogue would create additional stress, as if we don’t have enough in our every day lives. Negative thoughts are like acid that drip onto our neuro pathways and corrode them.
Our brain is so marvelous. We are created by the Lord to function optimally our entire lives. We are created for His glory, and to glorify Him. We do that when we fulfill all that He has for us to do. We will live out His fashioned days for us. The question becomes if we will live them with quality of life. I love Proverbs 3:2. I use it as a prayer every morning. The Amplified says, “For length of days and years of a life (worth living) and tranquility (inward and outward and continuing through old age till death), these shall they add to you.”
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” All words come from thoughts. Negative thoughts can destroy our health, and most certainly they will reduce our capacity to function. Verse 20 in the Amplified says, “A man’s (moral) self shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth; and with the consequence of his words he must be satisfied (whether good or evil).”
Have you thought about the consequences, or the fruit of your thoughts? I encourage you to get my ebook: Power Of Thoughts, or read chapter one in Victorious Garden (both available on Amazon). James 3:8 says, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Psalm 140:3 says, “They sharpen their tongues like a serpent; the poison of asps is under their lips.” These two verses are startling. They exude with flesh.
The key to a healthy life, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, is through our thoughts. Psalm 19:14 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 104:33-34 says, “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.”