Thanksgiving. Gratitude. Praise. Worship. Silence. Memorization. Meditation. No matter what mindset we are stuck in, all of the above will pull us up and out of the negative quagmire.
I have a friend, who years ago, was walking through a shallow creek. She stepped into a hidden quicksand. In order to get free she had to leave her shoe. Sometimes we have to leave something in order to get free.
1 Peter 2:1 says, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking.” What was the ‘therefore’ referring back to? 1 Peter 1:25 says,”But the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.”
The gospel is our foundation for change. Ephesians 4:17 says, “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind.” Negative mindsets are futile, and they stunt our progress in becoming more like Christ.
The Greek word for ‘useless’ means: fruitless, empty, futile, hollow, unreal, unproductive, lacking substance, ineffectual, void of results, devoid of force, success, and worthless.
The gospel empowers us to resist all of satan’s weaponry of lies. 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
What is that power? Ephesians 1:19-20 says that it is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead. Verse 19 in the Amplified says, “And (so that you can know and understand) what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe…”
God is All Powerful. Nothing, and no one has any power because He has it all. All the influence satan has over a believer is through deception. He seeks ways to build strongholds of lies within our hearts. Those strongholds will always be torn down through God’s word which is eternal (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Colossians 3:2 Amplified says, “And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 is an eternal, incorruptible truth. It says, “…But we have the mind of Christ.”
We are born from the will of God. His will is written all through Scripture. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 could not be clearer. It says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
How does that translate into our everyday experience? We sculpt the physical structure of our brain through our thoughts. It is called neuroplasticity. We can create new healthy neuro connections through meditating on God’s word.
Romans 12:2 called it, “…transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).” Scientific research says that repetitive negative thinking increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Caroline Leaf, a Christian neuroscientist says that toxic thoughts rewire our brain. Bitterness causes acid to drop and burn apart healthy neuro connections. Our thoughts, negative or affirmative, affect every aspect of our life. Therefore, it behooves us to program them through the truth of the gospel. We are not captives of satan’s devices. We are more than conquerors!