What have you been thinking about lately? Has it been positive or negative? Have you been putting yourself down in your own mind? Are your thoughts self-defeating or do your thoughts agree with what Scripture says about you?
Sometimes I think we’re not even aware of the self-talk we have going on inside our heads, but it’s important that we become aware of it and change anything that doesn’t align with what God says about us.
As believers, there are some basic truths we need to mull over on a regular basis, until they sink into the very core of our belief system. We need to be sure of our new identity in Christ, given to us when we accepted Him as our Savior.
*If you haven’t yet asked Jesus into your heart and life, but would like to, follow the simple prayer at the end, then study God’s Word (you can start with the Scriptures listed in this post) to learn about who you have now become as a child of the Most High God.
There is power in the spoken word (think about how God created the heavens and the earth) and saying the following phrases out loud to yourself can help combat negative thoughts that may be going through your mind.
James 3:4-6 (MSG)
‘A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it! It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.’
We don’t need to let the devil win in the battleground of our minds.
1 Peter 5:8 (CEV)
Be on your guard and stay awake. Your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.
If you suffer with self-doubt, shame issues, and poor self-esteem, it is especially important to practice saying the following out loud to yourself on a daily basis (or many times a day, if necessary).
Repeat after me:
- I was known by my Creator before He formed me,
- I was skillfully woven together in my mother’s womb,
- I was planned by God, to be in this place at this time,
- I am a child of the living God, I was chosen by God to be adopted into His family,
- I was created with purpose,
- I am extravagantly loved by God,
- God knows everything I think, say, and do before I think, say, or do it, and He still loves me!
- I am a special, unique, one of a kind creation; there is no one else exactly like me,
- I am wanted by God,
- I am no accident—nothing about me is a mistake!
- I am valuable; I am God’s treasure and of great worth in His sight,
- I am acceptable and accepted just as I am,
- I am significant in God’s sight,
- I have been made right with God and now suffer no condemnation from God,
- my past has been forgiven completely, therefore I’m no longer defined by my past mistakes,
- I have been given a fresh start as a new creation with a new identity in Christ,
- I have the mind of Christ,
- I belong to God and my body is His temple for the indwelling Holy Spirit,
- I have unique talents and abilities that are gifts from God. I will not bury them, but I will use them to benefit others and bring glory to God,
- I am needed—I have my own place and function in the body of Christ and the body is incomplete without me,
- I am important because the gifts I have been given complement the gifts in others,
- I have everything I need to fulfill God’s purpose for my life,
- I am guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Here’s some of the Scriptures to back up what you’ve just read:
Psalms 139:1-6 (NLT)
¹O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
²You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
³You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
⁴You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, Lord.
⁵You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
⁶Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
Psalms 139:13-17 (NLT)
13You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us to do long ago.’
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
‘For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. ‘
1 Corinthians 12:7,12,25,27 (NLT)
‘⁷A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.’
‘¹²The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.’
‘²⁵This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. ‘
‘²⁷All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.’
Matthew 13:44-46 (NLT)
“⁴⁴The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
⁴⁵Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. ⁴⁶When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!”
In this parable, the man and the merchant represent God and we are the treasure, the pearl of great value! He gave everything—even His own Son—so that we could spend eternity in heaven with Him!
1 John 4:9-10 (NCV)
‘⁹This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. ¹⁰This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.’
Ephesians 1:4-5,11 (NLT)
‘⁴Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. ⁵God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
¹¹Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.’
Titus 3:4-7 (NLT)
‘⁴But— When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, ⁵he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. ⁶He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. ⁷Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.’
Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
‘³⁸And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. ³⁹No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ERV)
‘¹⁹You should know that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit that you received from God and that lives in you. You don’t own yourselves. ²⁰God paid a very high price to make you his. So honor God with your body.’
Romans 5:9 (NLT)
‘And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.’
1 John 2:27 (NIRV)
But you have received the Holy Spirit from God. He continues to live in you. So you don’t need anyone to teach you. God’s Spirit teaches you about everything. What he says is true. He doesn’t lie. Remain joined to Christ, just as you have been taught by the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:10,12,14 (NLT)
‘10But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. ¹²And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. ¹⁴But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.’
1 Corinthians 2:16 (NET)
For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to advise him? But we have the mind of Christ.
*If you would like to receive Jesus as your Savior, pray something like this:
Lord Jesus, I believe You are God’s One True Son. I believe You came to earth, died on the cross to pay for my sins, and after the third day you rose again, and are now seated at the right hand of God. Please forgive me for everything I’ve done wrong. Come into my heart and take over my life through the power of your Holy Spirit. Help me to love You and live for You above everything else. Thank you Jesus!
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