“I’m just average.”
“There’s really nothing special about me.”
“I’m not as thin as her.”
“I’ll never reach my potential.”
“I should be farther along in life.”
“I have no friends.”
“I’m not doing enough for God.”
These thoughts and more used to plague my mind, and sometimes they still do. The enemy is raging war against our thoughts and whispers lies in our minds that feel close to the truth, we end up believing they are true.
My dark thoughts and the lies I believed, spiraled me down a path I never thought I’d find myself. I started thinking of ways I might end my life. Contemplating suicide seemed logical. How else could I escape? I felt trapped. It was a personal prison that I allowed, isolating myself from others, believing the lie I was alone.
I think many people struggling with negative thoughts find themselves in the same situation. The pain we see in the world, the suicides we hear about, all point to this war of the mind. If we’re not careful we confine ourselves in this invisible prison with no one to help us out. From the outside, we look normal. We try to smile, try to be strong, try to fit in… but inside we are worried, hurting, frightened, and fragile.
But we do not have to stay that way.
One of the most powerful things I learned during this dark time was how important it was to bring negative thoughts to the light. The enemy works in darkness and it is in an atmosphere of darkness where lies and deception do their best growth. But when we bring our thoughts to the light they begin to lose their power.
How did I do this? I began to write down the thoughts that plagued me, out of my head and on paper. Now that I had them in the front of my mind I could do the next thing: Replace those lies with powerful truths.
If believing lies keep us in pain and darkness than believing the truth is the key that sets us free.
Jesus is the Truth and a relationship with Him is the only way we will ever know true freedom. He’s given us weapons in this battle for our minds and the number one weapon is the Word of God. There’s a reason it’s called the Sword of the Spirit. (Eph. 6:17) It is there for us to pick up and do battle against the lies of the enemy.
How did I do this? Using God’s Word, I found scriptures that countered each of the lies I wrote down. Think of these scriptures as separate keys that unlock the chains of your negative thoughts. When these powerful truths transform your thinking you will walk this life with confident passion, firmly grounded, and unstoppable.
Are you ready to do this? Here a few to get you started:
I’ll never amount to anything. — “‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Jeremiah 29:11
I’m damaged because of my past. — “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:5
No one could ever love me. — “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3
I’m not good enough. — “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
I’m a failure. — “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37