Change is the seed of change. Deep isn’t it? How God made all things to rest in the seed of themselves.
Love and affection must be sown to be realized. Forgiveness, friendship, generosity, any & all virtue has to openly be itself to even have the right to claim the light of day.
But what about the painful elements that exist in a life? The tendency to feel abandoned, rejected, self piteous, used…?
When these and feelings like these have momentarily overgrown feelings of inclusion, acceptance, and strength what have we done to create that harvest? And when we discover ourselves under the weight of these burdening beliefs, what can we do immediately to begin sowing ourselves out from underneath?
The Relief Recipe
God made us with an ability He gave to no other living thing. He created us with the capacity, if we’ll cultivate it, to see ourselves. The fact that we’re thinkers, doers, and Be’ers only touches the tip of the iceberg of the creative capacity God’s placed within us.
When we are willing to sit with ourselves to “see inside” we discover that the greatest miracle of our minds is not expressed when we think, but that we can think about what we think about. That little jewel right there, when strategically applied, can change your life at any given time on a dime.
2) Be Willing to Prophesy/Preach to Yourself
Self talk is powerful. It matters the most. Nothing anyone else has to say about you (good or bad) will stick or stain when you’ve cultivated the habit of speaking to & about yourself the things God has to say about you.
Faith confession examples:
- I am the righteousness of God through and by Christ Jesus.
- I am the head and not the tail.
- I shall lend to many nations and I shall not borrow.
- By His stripes I am healed.
- I am redeemed.
- The enemy is under my feet.
- I walk by faith and not by sight.
- My Father God speaks to me and I heart His voice.
- He is my Shepherd faithfully leading me in the way I should go.
3) Have Replacement Thoughts Ready
Brace yourself for this moment of personal transparency:
For years, I wanted to take a precision cutter and remove Philippians 4:8 from my Bible….
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
That Scripture frustrated me to no end. I would read it and read it and read it because I knew God had obviously put it there to offer peace and reassurance, but it just kept spinning me around in circles falling limp until one day…
I heard the voice of the Lord say “I’m not telling you to think on this Scripture, I’m telling you through the Scripture what to think on.” Praise God! I understood it clearly!!!
Do this: Take each of the virtues from 4:8: truth, honesty, just, pure, lovely, etc. Make lists of either Biblical accounts or ones from your own life that stand as examples of each virtue.
Concerning truth, for instance, write down ways you’ve seen God keep His word to you or someone else. Those “proofs” are what you meditate on when you’re feeling down. They’ll serve as the faith boosters you need to make it through the doubt/insecurity attack.
In the case that YOU are the one you happen to be down on, write down and remind yourself of past times when you successfully spoke a hard truth or followed through on something to completion.
Remember things reaped are only made up of things sown…
So harvests are controllable and also repeatable!!!
There is no reason for us to be sitting wallowing self piteously in depression & devastation. Ever! I mean, sure, we can (and to be honest, we often do) but we certainly don’t have to.
God has made us and equipped us with the tools to overcome the emotional attacks of the ego, the id, and the enemy.
Here’s a quick recap of how to defeat negative emotional attacks…:
- Cultivate self awareness. When you can see yourself, you can lead yourself to higher ground.
- Use the Scripture as a framework to speak righteousness to yourself. YOU are the prophet of your life. Speak well and speak often of the God promised things pertaining to your present & your future. (Oh, yes, and say these things aloud!)
- Craft an arsenal of good thoughts using Philippians 4:8. This will prepare and ready you to substitute thoughts of fear for faith; lies for truth; weakness for strength; health for disease; and ashes for loveliness.
Military soldiers fervently train to be effective on the battlefield because they know what’s coming… Shouldn’t we? Aren’t you ready to be ready with the spiritual weapons of warfare necessary to claim your victory?
Remember, change is the seed of change…so then allow me to leave you with this question: Is it rational to be expecting any harvest of desired change without having sown the seeds?