Have you ever found yourself a victim of your thoughts and negative mindsets? For many people, it happens more often than they care to admit. These unwanted thoughts can be as destructive as they are persistent.
One minute you may feel as if you have everything under control, and the next minute your thoughts are reminding you of all the times that you have failed. This negative thought pattern can leave you overwhelmed and confused.
For those who belong to Christ, this thought cycle can feel inescapable, leaving doubt and unbelief in its wake. Many in the Body of Christ deal with this silent pain. They feel lost in their self-defeating thoughts and forget the truths that once set them free.
If you are one of the many Believers who struggle with self-defeating thoughts, you can conquer these lies by the power of the Word.
Discover how to cancel the lies and speak God’s truth back into your life, breaking the self-defeating thought cycle once and for all.
- “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 (emphasis added)
The simple truth is that your mind is powerful, and the thoughts that you choose to entertain will shape your destiny.
Three Steps to Conquering Self-Defeating Thought Patterns…
1. Identify the Thought
First, you need to recognize where the self-defeating thoughts are originating. Look at the fruit they are bearing in your life. If you struggle with thoughts that are bearing the fruit of anger, discontent, envy, or fear, then begin with those.
Capture those negative thoughts in your mind and ask yourself if they are for you or against you? Do they encourage or discourage? Do they bring you peace, or do they create chaos? Most importantly, do they align with God’s Word, and what He says about you?
- “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”—Philippians 4:8
God’s Word says that your thoughts are your choice!
2. Explore What God Says About Your Current Thought or Situation
Search out a passage of scripture or a story in the Bible that identifies with your current thought or situation. Study the purpose behind that section of scripture. Ask yourself what God is trying to tell you through this particular passage of scripture.
Be patient as the Holy Spirit starts to reveal truth. He wants to transform your understanding of God’s Word and how it applies to you.
- “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”—Romans 12:2
There are plenty of redemptive stories in the Bible. Decide to agree with God’s Word that you are a new creation and that change is possible, even if self-defeating thoughts have plagued your family for generations!
3. Declare God’s Truth Over Your Self-Defeating Thoughts
Declare out loud what is revealed to you. A spoken word is far more powerful than a thought. When you start to declare God’s truth over your self-defeating thought patterns, you will also begin to reduce the negative impact those thoughts can have on your life.
- “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties, and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”—Psalm 139:23-24
There is power in humility. Ask God to reveal what you are doing to allow these thought patterns to take up residence within you. Be willing to make the changes that He puts before you. What worked previously will not work where He is leading you.
Be an overcomer. Don’t allow a victim mentality to rob you of the joy and peace God wants for you!
Renew Your Perspective
Ultimately, the way you speak to yourself creates the lens through which you will view yourself and your circumstances.
- “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”—2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (emphasis added)
The difference between a bad day and a good day is just a difference in perspective. Through the blood of the Lamb, you have victory over self-defeating thoughts.
Are you claiming it?
If not, you can begin today! Search Gods Word, find a scripture that fits your situation, believe it, stand on it, and declare it over your life, in the name of Yeshua.
- “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”—Galatians 5:1