Inside: Want to change your life? Maybe your thinking has you stuck? Learn how to change your thinking, and use Bible verses with declarations to change your life using these tips!
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Do bad things happen in your life? Does it surprise you?
Somehow, I have fallen for the myth that because I’m a Christian, I’m somehow exempt from bad things!
Like life should be easy and not troublesome?
Maybe it’s silly (and I have no idea where I got this from), but that’s what I thought and life didn’t seem all that hard until I grew up.
Perhaps it was the thinking of a child that believed that only bad things happened to bad people.
I’ve since learned, but when hard seasons come, I still balk at it.
What If We Grasped This And Changed Our Life?
My life coach recently told us that life is 50% good and 50% bad.
We have hard times along with good times. That’s just the way life is.
And it goes along with what our Savior has told us: To expect trouble but not to worry because He has overcome the world (paraphrasing in my own words.)
We will have mountaintop experiences when life feels so good, and we will have times when we’d rather disappear from our life.
So now understand this (I didn’t say I liked it though), I want to be able to stand solid in my faith, regardless of what happens in life.
I want to trust God without any doubt on the great days and also on the days that aren’t so good in order to change my life.
My inspiration is here in this verse:
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
In order to be like this tree planted by water with deep roots that do not fear, grow anxious, or cease to bear fruit, I need to make sure I have a grasp on my thinking.
How We Think Sows the Life We Reap
What consumes your mind controls your life ~Unknown
This might be why God repeatedly tells us in the Bible to get a handle on our thoughts and it would change our life!
Indeed, our thoughts dictate our feelings, which in turn shape our behavior which affects our lives.
It all seems easy enough to start with our thoughts, but it’s hard intentional work.
As sinful human beings, we don’t want to do more work. Our brains are wired to conserve energy and avoid pain.
Somehow, getting stuck in bad thinking habits is easier than exerting energy to try and change the ruts in our brains.
And we have lots of opposition, an evil one who doesn’t want us to intentionally change our life so the focus isn’t on God and His word.
The devil doesn’t want us to be deeply rooted in the Lord, so when life is 50% bad, we weather through it. Satan would rather we bow out on the life God has for us (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
The truth is as sinful human beings, we get ourselves into trouble easily enough.
And the broken, sinful world, means that the patterns of thinking, behavior, and “being” binds us up too.
This isn’t a depressing ending for us, we can change!
Can We Switch How We Think?
God tells us we can transform our thinking.
2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
It isn’t passive, which means we have to do our part! But in tandem with God, it is possible.
That being said, what it really boils down to is: Where is our focus?
We can’t be armchair quarterbacks; we need to get actively involved in changing, and God will do the transforming!
In other words: Are we gazing at what is wrong in our lives and how hard it is? Or firmly fixed on God and His promises for us?
Now, this doesn’t mean bad won’t happen to us (Jesus said to expect trouble), but we cling to the words He promised us, “I have overcome the world!”
This phrase should give us the security to realign our focus off of trouble and onto our Savior.
What Are Affirmations?
Over the last few years, I’ve seen many people talking about affirmations.
What are affirmations?
According to Kathryn J Lively Ph.D.,
“People use affirmations for a variety of purposes. Generally speaking, affirmations are used to reprogram the subconscious mind, to encourage us to believe certain things about ourselves or about the world and our place within it. They are also used to help us create the reality we want—often in terms of making (or attracting) wealth, love, beauty, and happiness.”
Many people say affirmations are “New Age” and perhaps even unChristian. But I beg to differ, and I will explain why.
There is a difference when we try and deal with life by ourselves as humans. When we perpetually grab our bootstraps and deal with life in our own power.
The truth is that we can’t do anything without God because He is our source of strength.
A few weeks ago, I heard that declarations are more powerful than affirmations! So I’ve decided to nix the word affirmation, and instead, use the word declaration!
I hope you declare these statements over yourself too!
Declarations vs. Affirmations: Use These to Change Your Life
An affirmation says what I hope to be whereas a declaration accesses God’s presence via His Word!
I don’t hope; I am because God says so!
Biblical Declarations use God at the center reminding us who we are in Him and the source of our strength in Him and not in ourselves.
Indeed, when we agree with God and His word and then declare His promises and His provisions for us, we are acting in His will and He will bless us!
We can use God’s word to help us realign our thinking and focus back on Him so that we can overcome whatever happens in life!
Fixed and Growth Mindsets: Are they preventing us from change?
Most of us, fall into two major mindsets: fixed and growth!
Our sinful humanness is the foundation for a fixed mindset!
Humans believe we are the way we are. If we are stuck, oh well, we can’t change it!
We can’t overcome challenges or obstacles. There isn’t enough abundance to go around.
We think we can’t change, and we take a victim’s seat. (We already can see that this is not going along with what the Bible says, with God it is possible!)
A growth mindset follows along with the Roman passage listed above! We are able to change our thinking. Obstacles and setbacks are the way to change thinking, and behavior, and to gain perseverance!
It’s agreeing with what the Almighty says about us by using Bible verses!
Change Your Life
- I am a conqueror!
- Believers have a purpose!
- He has plans for me!
- His children are uniquely made for a purpose!
- I am secure.
- God has given access to Himself.
- As a child, I have been given an abundant life!
I have noticed in my own life that when I begin the day using a Biblical affirmation, it changes my thinking and sets me on the right path for the day!
3 Ways Why Using Bible Verses Declarations Work to Change Your Life
- Declaring what God says about us, gives us more focus and intention during the day!
Knowing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made for a purpose that only I can uniquely accomplish sets fire to my soul!
2. Allowing ourselves to believe that God transforms our minds and gives us hope when we feel stuck! We know that all things are possible even when it feels like life isn’t going right!
3. Getting in the habit of changing our thinking via declarations results in changed feelings, behavior, and ultimately our lives!
Knowing that I have the power (with God’s help) to change my thinking and focus inspires me because my relationships and life will become more abundant!
Here are a few Biblical declarations to say over yourself!
- I am a child of God, created by God, and loved immensely!
- The creator of the World is behind me so I don’t need to fear!
- Because God gives me strength, I overcome!
To learn more and see how I pair declarations with Essential oils, check out my Mindset class!
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