Our words and actions begin with thoughts. We are to control our thoughts and therefore have an influence over our words and actions. The Bible says to think positive thoughts, thoughts that are true and agree with the Word.
1. Finally, brothers, 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. Philippians 4:8
2. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5
3. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Proverbs 23:7
4. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. Isaiah 55:7
Negative thoughts in our mind will come out as negative words from our mouth.
5. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45
6. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
Mental and physical illnesses can be caused by our negative thoughts. Our mind, will and emotions comprise our soul. Our mind controls our brain which controls all the rest of our body. If our brain is not functioning correctly, our body will not function properly. It has been scientifically proven that negative thoughts actually damage our brain.
7. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. III John 2
8. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
9. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever. Isaiah 26:3-4a
Thoughts of fear, anxiety and worry are very prevalent in most people’s thinking. Fearful thoughts can be very damaging. What does the Bible say to do in situations promoting fear and anxiety?
10. So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” Matthew 6:31
11. Cast all your anxiety (care) on him because he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
12. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (a sound mind). II Timothy 1:7
What does the Bible say to do if we have thoughts that produce anger against someone because of what they did to us?
13. Then came Peter to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven times." Matthew 18:21-22
14. In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Ephesians 4:26-27
What does the Bible say to do if we remember situations that produce thoughts of shame and guilt?
15. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purity us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:8-9
Prayer: Father, I want to be obedient to Your word and think positive thoughts and as a result speak positive words. Please help me do that. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.