Controlling the Negative
Duane Vander Klok
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Every single aspect of our life is supposed to be affected by our faith. Our thoughts and actions are supposed to be run through the filter of our faith in Jesus Christ. Yet what do we do when negative thoughts arise?
Maybe you’re stressed at work, finances are tight, and there are family struggles that are piling up and allowing these negative thoughts to build within you. Sometimes we become discouraged when these negative thoughts arise because we falsely think that being a “good Christian” means being absent of all negative thoughts. The Enemy even sneaks in and says “if you were truly saved, you wouldn’t be thinking this,” or “See! You’re no different than the rest of the world!”
Here’s the truth, sometimes by our own actions or by powers outside of our own control, negative thoughts will arise. The point is not to be completely absent of negative thoughts or emotions, but to be aware of them and to take dominion over them. We are not called to be happy-robots every single day, but we are called to act with love, grace, and forgiveness regardless of our negative thoughts and feelings. We are called to place our faith in Jesus Christ, and not in the situation happening right in front of us. It’s about what we do in response to these thoughts that matters most.
So how do we strengthen our faith and take dominion over our thoughts and feelings? Through worship, the reading of Scripture, and through prayer! We are not called to hide our emotions and feelings from God, but to lay them down at His feet and ask for Him to speak into every situation. It is all about pausing, shifting our focus from the world, and instead looking up to God.
This week, let’s take our thoughts captive and run them through the filter of our faith that we have in Jesus Christ.