As humans, there will inevitably be times in our lives that we become overwhelmed by the cares and pressures of daily existence. For some persons, having a series of ‘bad days’ is a norm, not the exception. For the Christian, these bad days are also a reality, when our plans and expectations are upended, at times throwing us into confusion and desperation. Thoughts such as these surface in your mind: Am I good enough? Why does my life have to be so difficult? I’ll never forgive that person; it’s not worth it.
These low moments in our lives tend to cloud our outlook. Disillusionment, a lack of willpower, terror, and fear are just some emotions that can overtake the spirit. Such situations can crush our will to move on, take away confidence and simply immobilize us. It is a blessing to know, though, that God’s word offers everyone an answer, a response, a solution to our negative thoughts, and an antidote to the bad day episodes. Our Amen App is filled with encouraging scripture texts and thoughts that can boost your spirit in these difficult times.
Bible Verses and Tips against Negative Thoughts
· Keep your mind on things of Christ and godly matters. This may be difficult initially, but it becomes easier to do so as we make it a practice. There is a promise for those who make this a habit. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.”
· Remain grateful and thankful. The little chorus reminds us to count our blessings and name them one by one. A thankful attitude takes our mind off problems and turns it on the good things that happen in your life. 1Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
· Think about the better things of life. Negative self-talk can lower self-esteem and dry up our drive and passion. Excellent counsel comes though from Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”
· Fight deliberately against fear. There will come moments of fear at any point in one’s day, even if it is a fleeting thought. Fear causes bad choices and set other negative things in motion. It can make you inert, not wanting to move forward with actions. Scripture again gives support for the fearful. 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
· Remember that you are not alone in your struggles. When the overwhelming feelings come upon us and the thoughts say no one has our back, we must be reminded that there is indeed someone. Our negative thoughts have the capability to make us turn inwards, not wanting to look for help elsewhere. For individuals suffering from being overpowered by their thoughts, God’s word tells us to look to Him. 1Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His Face forevermore.”
· Peace of mind is an advantage that everyone hopes for. The reality is that this world offers many things that can rob you of your peace and sense of security. The advice is; don’t look to the current situation to get our peace from. This true, unruffled peace only comes from Jesus Christ. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”