Last week we talked about creating faith through hearing the voice of God. This week we are going to talk about the second voice we listen to the most. This voice is powerful because it will determine how we see ourselves and feel about ourselves. It determines whether we reinforce what other people say about us or hear from God.
This second voice is You.
What are You Saying to Yourself?
You are the second person you are constantly listening to. And you believe everything you tell yourself. So the question is, “What are you saying to yourself?” You are telling yourself you’re too fat or not pretty enough.
Do you find yourself saying, “Why does this (whatever bad thing that just happened) always happen to me? What’s wrong with me?”
Or how about, “I’m not good at that. I never was.”
Or, “I keep attracting the same losers in my life.”
Is what you’re saying from you or someone else? A lot of times we say things to ourselves that didn’t originate from us, but from someone else. The problem is that you’ve been saying it so long that you think it’s from you and it’s not.
For example, when you were little you may have been told you were stupid every time you did something wrong. Now as an adult you find yourself saying the same thing to yourself whenever you do something that you think was stupid like leaving the milk on the counter instead of putting it in the refrigerator. Or putting your keys in the freezer when you were putting the groceries away.
The problem with all of this is that as we get older our vocabulary expands. So we start adding new descriptions to insult ourselves like dumb, ignorant, crazy, and whatever else we can come up with to fit our situation.
We rehearse this so much that we, in our inner being, believe this. If you think you don’t because you can say right now, “I’m not stupid or dumb,” you’re wrong. If the first thing that comes to your mind or out your mouth is an insult when something happens, then that’s what you truly believe. In a sense you’ve been brainwashed.
Renew Your Mind and Live in Joy
This is why we must renew our minds daily and keep them on our Messiah. We need to brainwash our minds and our subconscious with the Word of God. What is it He says about you? Doesn’t He say He created you for a purpose? That He loves you with an everlasting love? That He gave you the power to create wealth (anything profitable for your spirit, soul and body)? He spoke a lot about how He feels about you.
All you need to do is search His Word and find out for yourself.
Try this the next time you insult yourself or someone else does:
- Stop and ask yourself, “Am I really…[whatever insult is being said]?”
- Answer yourself, “NO!” I don’t care if you think it’s true. Say NO loud and clear.
- Then say something positive about yourself. Reverse what was said by saying the opposite.
- Throughout the day continue to say this positive statement to yourself, out loud so you can hear it. Feed your spirit the truth, not someone else’s lie.
- If you want to take this a step further, which I suggest you do, then write out this statement on an index card, piece of paper, or put it in your notes on your phone. Periodically, look at this statement while you’re saying it. This helps stimulate a different part of your brain and helps reinforce what you should believe about yourself.
For example, you trip over your living room chair. It’s always in the same spot, thus you should know by now it’s there. As a result, you feel kind of dumb for tripping over it. You say to yourself, “Wow! That was stupid! How dumb do I have to be to trip over this?” Or you simply say, “I’m so clumsy.”
- Stop! Ask yourself, “Am I really clumsy?” If you think you are that’s ok, but today, we’re going to reverse that belief because the scripture says, “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.”
- The answer is “NO! I’m not clumsy anymore.”
- “I am graceful (smooth if you’re a guy). I am balanced when I walk. I am balanced in my life because God hates an unbalanced thing.”
- Then you write that statement out and repeat it to yourself throughout the day out loud as you look at it.
I combined step 4 and step 5 together because I think it’s that powerful. Seeing and hearing opens up a greater part of your brain to receive more information and reinforce the information at the same time.
It’s that simple. You do this day in and day out. As you get comfortable with this, you add more scriptures to overcome other areas of negative thinking and speaking.
For example, God created me in His image and He is precise. He does things with purpose. He keeps His word to me. Therefore, I am precise. I do everything with purpose. I keep my word to others.
Use the formula, “God said…therefore, I am…”
God Said + I Am = Truth About Me
Next week, we’re going to talk about the third person that you’re listening to and how to overcome that voice also.
I’m curious to know. What are you going to reverse today? If you already got it together then, What’s your number one way to overcome your negative self-talk? Leave your answers in the comments below.
Read the next part in this series.
Until next time, peace be unto you,