MGHM Healing Brief, 8/09

How to Heal Negativity

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter for July 2009 presents statistical evidence that our outlook on life shapes our health. Optimists have fewer health problems than pessimists--less pain, more energy, longer lives.

A change of perspective, the article says, is what’s needed to eliminate unhealthy negativity. We need to look for the good in life, savor good times, take pleasure in small things, practice random kindness, and generally curb our pessimism. Negative "self-talk"--the ongoing stream of thoughts running through our minds--needs to be replaced with positive thinking.

The benefits of optimism

So far so good. But how to get it done?

Years ago, before I turned my life over to Jesus Christ, I set out to improve my "self-talk." I rounded up books on how to change it, and worked hard to keep the rules--until it became clear that I wasn’t getting permanent results.

The Mayo Clinic is surely "right on" about the benefits of optimism. But anyone who has tried to bootstrap-lift himself/herself into optimism knows how difficult it is without a Power Source.

My experience has been that it takes a living relationship with God to get rid of our negativity. And the best way to build that relationship is to spend time in the Word.

You're already delivered

Consider how your "self-talk" will be improved by "Word-talk" such as this: God loves you. Your sins are forgiven. You are already healed. You get to go to heaven when you leave this earth, and live in the Presence of God eternally.

Jesus has already taken upon Himself everything that messes you up, so you’re already delivered from it--all the sin, grief, sorrow, bondage, pain, and general Bad News that tends to produce negativity in people who don’t know the Lord.

Of course when you set out to change your "self-talk" into "Word-talk," the forces of evil will do their best to get you off track. But because you have a Power Source, you can bind negative and pessimistic thoughts (Matthew 18:18) and loose God-thoughts into your brain instead. Even in the middle of the night, when your enemy is trying to feed fear and worry and other demonic trash into your vulnerable head, you can just bind up the trash and throw it out.

Whatever is admirable

The Scriptural recipe for mental health appears in a single sentence in Philippians 4:8: Finally, . . . 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.

And what can you expect, having "thought about such things" in the strength that your Source supplies? The promise follows immediately in verse 9: The God of peace will be with you.

                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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