The Power of Positive Replacement
A positive mindset can transform our way of thinking. It can even help decrease our stress levels. When you have the word of God with positivity, you are able to avoid those negative thoughts and feelings. You know, some times when we hear the Word, we may not get it right away. That happens to me often. So writing notes is a must for me. A minister mentioned in her sermon about being sober-minded. Being sober doesn’t apply to only chemical use but our minds wondering off on unlawful things. Does your mind wonder sometimes? On the negative? “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming”(1 Peter 1:13 NIV).
For example, thinking negatively of your current employment because its not where you would like to be, can really affect your work ethic, right? Well, thanking God you have employment can replace your negative thought of your job. Setting a goal for new employment can help motivate you as well.
We must intentionally set our minds or meditate on what is “true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy”(Philippians 4:8). Our positive thinking must be purposely done. If not, we unknowingly allow negative thoughts seep through. Dr. David Jeremiah says in his book Christians Have Stress Too, that “our thought life is to be positive, uplifting, and redemptive… Our behavior and thoughts are in our control”. Take control! You have the power and authority to do so. I would like to share with you the four choices/decisions he mentions in this book that we must make in order to implement the power of positive replacement:
*Decide to have the mind of Christ
“Occupy your mind with things having to do with eternal, heavenly things, not things of the earthly, world system.”
*Discipline yourself to have the mind of Christ
“Gather up and remove anything that would prevent our mind from getting where it needs to go”
*Dedicate your mind to Christ
“To dedicate one’s mind to the Lord is to make a conscious determination to fix your mind upon Christ and make Him the focus of your life”
*Determine to pursue the mind of Christ for a lifetime
“Renewing our minds is a lifelong proces…its a daily sacrifice. We should gradually and continually take in the truth of His Word