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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
forget that . . .
God should be our
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
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here