A Single Thought has Power
Did you know there’s power in a single thought?
Many live their lives controlled by their thoughts. If they have good ones, it’s a great day. They feel great about themselves and are kind to others. However, if they have a negative thought, watch out world! What a crazy way to live.
I used to live my life this way. When a thought—either positive or negative—would pop into my mind, I’d take it to heart. I’d live each day whichever way my mind blew.
How many times does a thought surface that says, “You’re stupid! You can’t do anything right! You’ll never be as good as so and so.” You can bet on negative thoughts to flood your mind daily. There’s much debate about the number, but we may have 50-70,000 thoughts per day per person, and 80% are negative!
Here’s the rub. Did you know you can control those thoughts and turn them into positives? Many years ago, I didn’t, but I do now. Every single one of us struggles, but I’ll let you in on a secret.
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While sometimes we have no control as to what thoughts enter our minds, we are able to take control of these thoughts. God’s Word helps us to recognize our thoughts for what they really are, and how to act (or not act) upon them. Use Bible verses to help control your thoughts in a way that God encourages.
3 Simple Ways to Control Thoughts
#1 Think of Thoughts as Seeds
A seed can grow into a good deed—or a weed.
The thought is planted in the brain and moves from your mouth to your actions. These actions can take the form of depression or happiness. They can cause you to speak out negatively towards yourself or others. If you control the planted seed, then you can control your life. Control your thoughts, and you can control your reactions in the short term—so you won’t have regrets later.
#2 Take Every Thought Captive.
When a thought arises, as it surely will, ask yourself these questions: Is this true about me or others? Is this how God sees me? If not, toss the bad seed away. Picture yourself locking it away in a cell, and walking away. And think on this verse:
Romans 12:2 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.
#3 Replace the Negative Thought with a Positive One.
If the thought comes, “I am stupid,” replace it with, “I am a child of God and loved by Him.”
Because gaining victory in this area is so important for a calm and peaceful life, I interviewed two authors who wrote several books about this topic. You can listen to the interviews and find their books here and here.
Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Practice using these techniques on your own thoughts. In time, you’ll notice how much happier and freer you will feel—and others will notice the change in you.
Do you have your own technique for controlling your thoughts? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!
Penelope Silvers is a freelance writer, author,
and radio host of Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog
Talk Radio. She lives simply and sanely on Florida’s
beautiful nature coast.