I want to talk about the power of positivity versus negative thoughts that affects our present. It’s written in Proverbs 23:7, “As a Man thinks in his heart, so is he.” What kind of thoughts are you allowing in your mind? Before I go further, let’s take a look at the sources of what causes conflict in our thoughts. First, the devil- who is a liar and his ways always bring destruction. The devil knows he is defeated by God so he knows the only power he has on Earth is to go after humans. He cannot read our mind, but he can study our patterns. He knows all of your weakness by your behavior and the words you say. Watch out... because he’s prowling around looking for someone to devour. His goal is to get you to doubt God’s goodness and get you to fall into sin. Is your relationship with God deep enough for you to discern the enemy’s schemes? Because what you allow in your mind is going to become action. The words you say comes from what’s in your heart. The enemy loves to replay your hurt and if you don’t get ahold of that and replace it with God’s living truth, you will reap destruction. The people in your life will get hurt by your negativity. Negative thoughts will never lead to a positive life. The reward for negativity is more negativity.
The second source of conflict is what we see in this world. Are you allowing your desires of this world enter your thoughts? Are you nurturing your desires of wanting more in your life-one example is being materialistic? Are you conforming to what the world trends says who we are, should be or what makes us happy? Are you obsessing on social media and wanting for what others have that you don’t? What are you allowing in your thoughts that are of the world? Have you discerned the difference between God’s will vs the worlds? Scriptures teaches us in Romans (12:2), “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”
Take a moment to reflect to see what you’re allowing in your mind that takes your eyes off of God and onto the world. Keep in mind, “what we see is a lie” and Satan can deceive us into believing what we see is the source of happiness. Just like Eve was deceived by the beauty of the fruit until she took a bite and it brought destruction. This applies to what we see on social media. Social Media can be Satan’s opportunity to get us to believe that someone else’s life is better than yours. I’ve seen so many women fall into this lie thinking the grass is greener on the other side when it’s not. Social media has a way to trigger your desires and get your eyes off of God. We must avoid some of the things we see on social media and be on guard by living and staying in God’s words in order to be able to discern what pleases Him and what doesn’t.
The 3rd source of conflict is yourself. You can be your own worst enemy. You have the power to make the decision how you respond to what is entering your thoughts. Once you accept a lie, you’re going to have roots in your heart that will become action then it will bring unwanted destruction. Where are your thoughts at? You are the key to make the decision of allowing positive or negative in your thoughts. Your self talk plays a huge role in the outcome of who you are and what you will do. It all begins with you. You have the power to make a change by watching what you allow into your thoughts. You can change the way you feel by changing the way you think. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Are you taking responsibility by the way you think? Are you replaying your past and have the wrong understanding of what forgiveness means? Often people think forgiveness means the person who hurt you is only getting a pat on the hand. What if your interpretation of hurt isn’t accurate? What if you’re creating a reality that don’t exist? What if you’re the person that needs changing? There are so many ways to understand what forgiveness means. First, we need get to know God first because what you don’t know can hurt you. Forgiveness means you no longer will allow the roots of hurt and bitterness grow inside of your heart and rob you from the joy of this life.
Colossians 3:1 says, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” Once we seek the things of above, we will see God’s provision and make the decision to accept His truth into our thoughts.
Do you know the Truth? Are you spending time in Scriptures? Do you understand that your expectations in this life can lead you to more disappointments until you have the right understanding that we are in a spiritual war? Once you understand that in this life, we will have disappointments and until you accept that then you can control the thoughts you allow in your mind. What you allow in your mind becomes your heart then your heart becomes action. That can determine the outcome of your future. Take a moment to find what is the core of what causing negativity in your life and replace it with positivism by soaking into the Word of God.
It’s so important to Identity the source of pain or anger or negativity that you’ve allowed to take root. It's so important to take the opportunity now to identify them before it defiles many.
Matthew 15:11 says, “It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”
The words that comes out of your mouth can destroy the people you love in your life and even you. Now is the time to take the opportunity to make the decision to pause and replace all the negativity with God’s words before it becomes too late. You can either represent God’s light or Satan’s darkness. We are responsible to shine His truth and together as a body of Christ, we can take accountability with one another.
Hebrews 12:15, “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.”
Another challenge is are you responding and showing Christ’s grace when we see a brother or sister in Christ fall into sin? Do you stone them like the pharisees did when Jesus forgave the prosecute? What did Jesus tell her? He said “If you have not sin, then throw the stone.” Many dropped their rocks because the fact is they’ve hidden their sins. Just because one is exposed, doesn’t give you permission to stone them. Then Jesus said, “SIN NO MORE” Grace was given with clear commandment to not sin that sin she committed again. It was His unconditional love that motivated her to live for Jesus.
Hebrews is to cure Christians of presumption, and to cultivate earnest perseverance in faith and holiness. At least four times it warns that we must not neglect our great salvation but be vigilant to fight the fight of faith every day lest we become hardened and fall away and prove that we had no share in Christ (Hebrews 2:3; 3:12-14; 6:4-7; 10:23-29).
Your understanding of the truth will either make you a peacemaker or the one that causes division. Which one are you? For it’s written:
“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness, springing up, causes trouble, and many will be defiled” Hebrews 12:14-15 This is a warning not to treat holiness lightly or to presume upon more grace.I pray you embrace this truth and take the moment now to make the necessary change in order to live the calling that God has lined up for you. - Amen