Do you talk to yourself? I?m talking about, in the car, in the shower and even in public under your breath. Chances are, all of us can say yes! But the truth is, we talk to ourselves all the time, the question is, what are we saying to ourselves?
This is big because people can say things to us that are wrong; furthermore, we can say wrong things to ourselves too. In fact, we average between 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day and over 80% of them are negative. Think about that! Most of our daily thoughts, are negative. Which can leave us deficient in love, faith and hope, and these are huge for our overall health. But this is what happens when our thoughts take us into the abyss of negativity.
On top of our own tendency, we?re in the middle of a mess and this doesn?t help our thought life. If we?re honest, I bet we?ve all had crazy thoughts go through our head toward those who don?t think like us, vote like us and agree with us. Have you been there?
With all of the bickering and fighting, it seems we?re all agitated, as pointing fingers and blaming others is growing by the day. But if we?re not diligent, our thoughts will take us away from God, church, a diverse community, right relationships, serving and more. With what?s going on, our thoughts will easily lead us to these conclusions and because all the junk around us, would love to pollute what?s in us, but this can?t be. We can?t afford for this to happen because our thoughts determine so much of our lives.
This is why we must decide, I?ll talk to myself!
But not just talk to ourselves, we need to speak the word of God to ourselves!! We need to speak the truth of God over ourselves and to ourselves on a daily basis. This could be multiple times in one day, but the more we do it the more we are guiding our thoughts to meditate on what God says versus what our thoughts say and what others say around us.
Did you know that the Bible, is basically God?s thoughts for you and me? There is over 7,000 promises in the Bible for you and me, so as we speak them to ourselves and over ourselves, that becomes what we live on internally. I wonder, what are you living on internally?
Is it anger, lust, division, drama, self-hate, negativity, strife, religion, politics and more? Right now, these things would love to dominate what we think about and moreover, what we do. But all of this is fleeting and leads us nowhere.
It?s God?s thoughts that lead us to peace, purpose and power. It?s God?s thoughts that lead us to a new mind set and new ways of living. This is what Paul said to the church at Rome.
Romans 12:2 says,
?Don?t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God?s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.?
Notice, we?re transformed through the way we think. This is why we ALL must say, I?ll talk to myself!
But what do we say?
We say what the Bible says over ourselves. We say to ourselves what we?re going to do and what we?re not going to do. We say to ourselves what is a good thought and what is a wrong thought. We tell thoughts to stay or go, depending on what they are. We say to ourselves what God says to ourselves, by speaking His word over us. This is what we say, and we choose to do this daily! Because if we don?t talk to ourselves, we?ll end up listening to ourselves and that could be dangerous and deadly. Especially as we see all that?s going on around us.
So how do we do this?
After we say, I?ll talk to myself, we then get verses that touch our soul and we pray them out loud.
So for example, find a verse or two in the scriptures that you really like and begin to memorize it. As things come your way, you can speak this verse out loud to direct your thoughts and to dictate what you will think about and ultimately, what you will do or not do. This could be like the verse found in Philippians 4:13 that says, ?I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.? Or Isaiah 26:3 that says, ? He keeps me in perfect peace, when I focus on Him.?
These are just a couple of examples that you and I could use everyday when things come up as we talk to ourselves.
What are you saying to yourself today?
Whatever the answer is, the greatest thing we can say over ourselves is the truth of God?s word. We need this right now more than ever, because the reality of our surroundings, does not have to be the reality within us. God is greater and when you and I talk to ourselves through His word, we?ll have peace in the middle of this chaos.
It?s my hope you will begin to talk to yourself the thoughts of God and that you will do this on a daily basis. Please make the decision to fight every day by talking to yourself the thoughts of God.
Find verses this week and begin talking to yourself. Do it daily and watch His thoughts shape your hope, faith and love!
God is is with you and the best is yet to come,