Check Your Self-Talk | Tuesday, January 15, 2019
By: Semone Pemberton
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV
No matter one’s tenure in following Christ, the management of thoughts should never become less a priority. While it’s obvious to practice shutting down thoughts that are critical of others, impatient, or bitter, how often do we address thoughts about ourselves?
Why It Matters
Recently, God uncovered how misaligned my thoughts about myself were compared to His thoughts about me. Hiding comfortably behind insecurities and feelings of inferiority, negative thoughts about me were interwoven into every motive. Ultimately, they became the disruptive self-talk that influenced my life and even ministry decisions. Because of this, I hesitated (doubted) when I should have trusted Him; I shrank back in fear (self-consciousness) when I could have conquered in His strength.
What are you saying about yourself? Does it match what the Creator says about you? When measured against the Word of God, negative self-talk reveals itself as a LIE repeating multiple times per day and, if left unchallenged, can steer you away from victorious living.
- “I can’t do anything right”
- “I’m not ____enough”
Or, more subtle:
- “I can’t ___, so God can’t use me”
- “I’ll never (be, be able to, have_____…)
How do you change?
This is more than positive thinking; this is destroying the strongholds that have enslaved our minds so we can walk in the freedom we already possess in Him.
Let’s walk in freedom!!!