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How to Replace Negativity with Positiveness

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By Maria Vernon

I once talked with a woman who said she tried very hard to think only positive thoughts, but she was never able to keep it up for long. Even when she managed to appear optimistic, inwardly she was often in turmoil. Her self-help approach to positive thinking excluded God, so when things went wrong, she didn’t have anything solid to hold on to.

That may seem paradoxical—faith in God being something substantial—but it’s true. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”1 In the face of difficulty and disappointment, faith is far more effective than mere mental exercise because it is backed by promises that God has made in His Word—promises that bring about tangible results when believed and applied to real-life situations.

These promises not only have the power to change problem situations; they also have the power to change us. The Bible tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of the mind.”2 It is through those “exceedingly great and precious promises” that we “may be partakers of the divine nature.”3

We can, by an act of our will, take our mind off of negative thoughts. Unless we fill that void, however, the negative thoughts will rush back in. What should we replace those negative thoughts with? What is more positive or more powerful than the living Word of the living God? When coupled with prayer, the uplifting, transforming Word of God can give you victory over every ugly, negative thought and its consequences.

As you make a consistent effort to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts from God’s Word, it will become a habit; you will learn to—as the Bible puts it—“bring your thoughts into captivity.”4

This is very difficult to accomplish in the tumult of the world. We don’t find the mind of God on the streets of social life or in the hobby shop. To connect with Him, find a place where there are no distractions. “When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”5

There is no place where the mind can be as fully renewed as in the secret place of prayer, alone with God. When we come aside from the temporal things that distract and harass us, and there in the presence of God we put our mind on the things of God, the transforming power of God then begins to work in us, and we are changed, renewed.


1. Hebrews 11:1
2. Romans 12:2
3. 2 Peter 1:4
4. 2 Corinthians 10:5
5. Matthew 6:6

 

More Scripture About Positiveness

Count your blessings

Psalm 40:5: Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

Psalm 103:2: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Psalm 126:3: The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.

 

Look for the good even in tests and trials

Psalm 119:71: It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.

Habakkuk 3:17–18: Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

1 Thessalonians 5:18: In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

James 1:2-4: My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

1 Peter 4:12–13: Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; 13 but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

 

Cultivate positive attitudes towards others

Romans 12:10: Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.

Ephesians 4:32: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3:12: Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.

1 Peter 4:8: And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

 

Make thankfulness and praise a habit

Psalm 35:28: And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long.

Psalm 100:4: Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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