“I’m so stupid. I will never get anything right.” “Why can’t you be like your sister or your brother? They’re so much smarter than you.” “If I make a mistake I will be punished by God.” “God doesn’t love me the way He loves others.”
Negative thoughts, stinking thinking, ungodly beliefs, lies from the enemy (Satan). We all need to get rid of them. We have thoughts that don’t really belong to us, that helped to formulate who we think we are. These thoughts usually come from childhood experiences, from those in authority over us, or who had influence over us. We buy into the idea or lie that these thoughts tell us who we are. We allow them to play over and over in our mind, without ever examining is this really true about us.
My father said to me, “You are going to college, but you are stupid.”
I bought into these thoughts and got through life in college by barely making through on my grades.
The change came when I saw myself differently. I began to tell myself that I could graduate in three and half years, if I did 20 credits per semester. I told myself that I am getting all ‘A’s, and I began to speak that into my life. I choose to believe that “I could do all things through Christ who is strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
My friends and teachers laughed at me.
I studied hard and I got all ‘A’s. I graduated in three and half years and I was on the Dean’s list. With my grades, I was able to get a scholarship for graduate school.
The Word of God is the most powerful evicting agent you can use. If the thoughts didn’t come from God, you don’t want them circling around in your head. Let’s take back our mind by evicting all intruders.
“We use our powerful God tools for smashing warped philosophies, Tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fixing every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, MSG.
Get into a quiet place and close your eyes. Begin to allow the Holy Spirit to show you the most damaging thoughts. Write those thoughts down. For each of these negative thoughts, replace them with something positive. (For example, you have been saying, “I’m so dumb I can’t master this.” Replaced that thought, “With God’s help I am able to do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”)
Heavenly Father, forgive me for believing these negative thoughts about myself. I renounce and break agreement with that thought ____________________ (Name out that thought), and I replace it with this new thought _____________________ (Name the new thought out). Thank you for forgiving me and releasing me from these negative thoughts. In Jesus name. Amen.