Learn the strategy to find freedom from negative thoughts and what needs to be the foundation for your thought life to walk in victory. Amy Irvin shows us how in Day 12 of the What Freedom in Christ Looks Like Online Event by the Blogger Voices Network, hosted right here at KellyRBaker.com.
Amy Irvin is a wife and mama. She has taught Sunday school and has been singing for Jesus for years. Amy is a blogger, owning the blog A Brilliant Love. She also has a YouTube channel, Amy and Family. She has a 30 day devotional in the works and a book in mind for the future.
Christians are not perfect people. We were once sinners, now saved by Grace through faith in Jesus Christ. That being said, we all have weaknesses. Places inside of us that are more susceptible to certain sins than others. The Lord knows what these weaknesses are, the enemy knows what these weaknesses are, and it’d do us good to know what they are as well!
When I first accepted Christ, I had a profound revelation of just how sinful I was, and I prayed a quite foolish prayer: “Lord, make me perfect now!” Having been on this walk for a significant amount of time, I have learned that sanctification is a process and I must do my part!
I struggle with being negative. I have gotten better because the Lord has done amazing work in my heart and life, but I have a long way to go. Negativity starts in the mind, with your thoughts. If the enemy can control our thoughts, he can trap us in sin. That’s where the battle for our souls begins! “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” – Ephesians 6:12. We are tempted to fight against people when they hurt us, but the real enemy is the influence of the spirit behind what that person did to you. To be victorious, we need to keep that in perspective.Do you struggle with negativity? You won’t get freedom from negative thoughts until you do this. Click to find out. @AmyIrvin16 #FruitOfFreedom #BloggerVoicesNetwork
Fight Negativity with the Word of God
Before I found freedom from negative thoughts, they controlled me for years! Even as a Christian, I had to learn how to fight negativity with the Word of God. I am no longer alone, but have found freedom In Christ! The Word says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1. (NIV)
Examples of some negative thoughts the enemy has formed through the years are, “No one will ever love you.” “You are not good enough.” “You will never make it.” “Life is too hard.” But the enemy is a liar!
Prayer and study of scripture is vital for us as Christians to live a victorious life in Christ. We have to choose Jesus and His will for us every day! To fight negative thoughts, prayer needs to be strategic. When you first hear that, you may think, “Well, why can’t I just pray? Do I really have to have a strategy?” I thought the same thing! But the enemy has a strategy against us, so we’d better have one too!
The Strategy to Find Freedom from Negative Thoughts
I have incorporated scripture into my prayer life. I spend time in the Word and meditate on it. When I pray, I declare out loud, what the Word of God says for my life. During my Bible reading time, I write down verses that resonate with me, so that I can go back to them. After reading these verses over and over, I begin to memorize them and can declare them over my life as I pray.
Some of my favorite verses include:
Great peace have they that love thy law, and nothing shall offend them Psalm 119:165 (KJV)
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6b (NIV)
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4b (KJV)
These are just three of the verses that I use to counter the enemy when he tries to get me to think negatively about myself, my situation, or another person. I have gained victory through these verses and others. Am I perfect at this? Oh no! I have a long way to go, but I praise God. He has truly wrought a miracle in me.Learn the strategy to find freedom from negative thoughts and what needs to be the foundation for your thought life to walk in victory. @AmyIrvin16 #FruitOfFreedom #BloggerVoicesNetwork
Victory over Negative Thoughts
Having the Truth of the Word of God as a foundation for my thought life has been the reason for the victory I have in Christ over negative thoughts. We can only have a relationship with Jesus Christ and gain victory over the sin that crouches at our doors if we believe!
So when I recognize that I have doubts in my heart, I pray for the Lord to help me to trust Him; And I remember the times He answered my prayers before!
I pray that as you read this, you are encouraged not to give up the fight in those difficult areas you struggle with that it seems like the enemy is winning. Come up with a battle plan! Pray for the Holy Spirit to help you and get in your Bible.
Write down verses that are going to help you and ingrain the Truth of those verses in your heart, so that when the enemy sends lies and deception your way, you win battle after battle, and eventually the whole war! You are not alone in this war! Jesus has already overcome the world and has promised to be with you to the end of the age! ( See John 16:33, Matthew 28:20 )