Each day untold numbers of negative thoughts can swirl through our heads. It is often difficult to control those thoughts, but I have found that the best remedy for negative thinking is through God’s powerful and positive Word. When you feel discouraged, weak, too tied to go on, unloved, condemned, depleted, confused, incompetent, fearful, guilty, unsure, defeated, worried, sad, or alone, God has an answer for you. Say these verses out loud until you have memorized them. Repeat them to yourself each time that negative thought creeps into your mind. God loves you unconditionally! He speaks to you through His Word. Listen to His voice of truth instead of the lies that may be playing on “auto-shuffle” in your mind.
Here are just a few examples to get you started:
God’s Answers to our Negative Thoughts:
|You say: ‘It’s impossible’
||God says: All things are possible
||(Luke 18:27 NIV)27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27
|You say: ‘I’m too tired’
||God says: I will give you rest
||(Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
|You say: ‘Nobody really loves me’
||God says: I love you
||(John 3:16 NIV)16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
|You say: ‘I can’t go on’
||God says: My grace is sufficient
||(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15 NIV)II Corinthians 12:9
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
|You say: ‘I can’t figure things out’
||God says: I will direct your steps
||(Proverbs 3:5- 6)5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
|You say: ‘I can’t do it’
||God says: You can do all things
||(Philippians 4:13 NIV)I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
|You say: ‘I’m not able’
||God says: I am able
||(2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV)8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
|You say: ‘It’s not worth it’
||God says: It will be worth it
||(Roman 8:28 NIV)28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
|You say: ‘I can’t forgive myself’
||God says: I Forgive you
||(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1 NIV)1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness
8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
|You say: ‘I can’t manage’
||God says: I will supply all your needs
||(Philippians 4:19)New International Version (NIV)
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
|You say: ‘I’m afraid’
||God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
||(2 Timothy 1:7)New International Version (NIV)
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
|You say: ‘I’m always worried and frustrated’
||God says: Cast all your cares on ME
||(I Peter 5:7 NIV)7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
|You say: ‘I’m not smart enough’
||God says: I give you wisdom
||(James 1:5 NIV)If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
|You say: ‘I feel all alone’
||God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
||(Hebrews 13:5b NIV)God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”