I want you to picture a sponge in your mind. We have a secret weapon to fight negativity. Gratitude is like a sponge that soaks up the negative atmosphere. We can express gratitude at any given moment in our lives.
It doesn’t need to have a perfect setting. Gratitude is a heart attitude. Think of ‘an attitude of gratitude’ as a warrior’s weapon. It can instantly dispel any negative thought that rushes into your mind. A negative thought against another, yourself, or your circumstances often come through a fiery dart.
What if you are talking to someone and they start speaking negatively? You can instantly switch your mind into being grateful. If you watch, the speaker’s facial expression will change. We become part of causing the enemy’s plan to fail. Victory in Jesus!
Negative folks have a critical spirit. They can find fault with anything set before them. It is a cycle of judging another with a critical eye, which then is measured back to them. Isn’t that what Matthew 7:2 says? Here are the words, “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Romans 2:1 says, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” Ugh!
The Greek word ‘judge’ in both of the above verses means by implication. Implication means: the conclusion that can be drawn from something although it is not explicitly stated. In other words, we judge from our own conclusions about something without knowing all the facts.
It goes back to treating others as we would want to be treated. Ephesians 4:32 says that we are to forgive with the same measure that we have been forgiven. Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 says that being thankful is God’s will. Negativity is against it. He created us in His image. I’m certainly grateful that He is never negative! We can take our cue from Him.
Proverbs 22:9 says, “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” Isaiah 58:10 Amplified says, “And if you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.”
A negative person is shriveled in their spirit like a dehydrated prune. The cure for dehydration is water. God’s word is living water according to John 4:10 and John 7:38. When our intimate communion with the Lord is what sustains us, then we will be a living conduit of His truths that will refresh those we speak to.