What our minds focus on is what will play out in our lives and ultimately determine who we are. Our thoughts transform into feelings that have the strength to regulate our lives, steadily guiding us and perhaps our faith, on a path we don’t want to go. King Solomon believed this to be true and advises us to be cautious about what we feel and think. He realized it’s frequently our thoughts, not our circumstances, which makes us sink.
Our thoughts have power and can undoubtedly start to control our lives, manipulating our actions and words, feelings and emotions, as well as our happiness and peace. When defeat crushes our dreams, when folks anger or hurt us, or when problems seem overpowering, it’s simple to get caught in the rip-current of negative thoughts. When we meditate on bad thoughts, we feel negative feelings, leading to believing life is negative overall.
What to Do
When I recognized my thoughts were controlling my life, I lowered my head and talked to Jesus about how I had let emotionally fueled thoughts destroy my hope, my joy, and my faith. I accepted His truths that just because my circumstances weren’t good, didn’t mean I couldn’t be.
When I purposely changed my thoughts, my life changed too. So, can you.
2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Heavenly Father, sometimes I feel as if I’m drowning in my negative thoughts and attitudes, even in my faith. Forgive me for allowing negativity to control how I think, feel, and live. Fill me with a new breath of assurance today, and help me to change my heart, thoughts, and life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.