Replacing Negative Thoughts With Biblical Truths—Where Cognitive Restructuring Meets Christian Faith

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Have you ever wondered what is going on in your mind? Negative thoughts can bombard you seemingly outside of your control. Thoughts of fear, insecurity, doubt, worry, and anxiety may occupy your mind. When these thoughts keep repeating, they ruin your day and possibly result in a headache. I can relate to having days like that!

If left unattended, those thoughts can gradually dominate every aspect of your life. You don’t have to let that happen—you can prevent thoughts from aimlessly roaming in your mind. It may not appear so, but you have a choice. It’s normal for thoughts to pop into your mind, but you control which thoughts you entertain and which ones you reject. The decision is yours.

You possess the ability to change your thoughts by letting your thoughts mirror God’s thoughts. It will not happen on its own—you need to take action. The key is to change your mindset intentionally and follow through.
Why does our mind repeat negative stuff?

Our brain replays experiences when we are at rest to help us make decisions. It is a natural process to replay things to help us navigate future choices. With negative thoughts, our mind can get stuck in a negative loop.
Our brain has a negativity bias: wired to pay more attention to negative experiences as a survival mechanism. Negative thoughts and encounters stick with us more strongly than positive ones. Our beliefs and experiences also contribute to recurring negative thoughts. If we believe we aren’t good enough or bad things always happen to us, our brain will continue to reinforce these beliefs by replaying negative experiences.

By dwelling on our problems, we won’t make progress toward finding solutions. We stop generating new ways of thinking and stop seeing new possibilities and solutions. It’s called rumination, and its effects go beyond just our mental health—it affects our physical well-being too.
We aren’t powerless with negative thoughts. Psychology has identified a technique -cognitive restructuring- that helps us challenge and change unhelpful thoughts and beliefs to improve our mood and behavior. This method isn’t new though—it was already in God’s Word, long before psychology discovered it. We can channel our thoughts in a positive direction—we can change our thoughts to mirror God’s thoughts.
Let’s explore techniques to shift our mindset and break free from the negativity cycle.

Take Steps in Faith

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he, (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV).
Scripture is clear: your thoughts shape who you become. If you dwell on negative things, you’ll develop a negative personality. On the flip side, if you maintain a positive mindset, you will transform into a positive person. We can’t just talk about the power of our minds—we need to do something about it. It starts with taking a step in faith.

While we work on changing our mindset, we need to take God into the equation. He created us and our mind. God is in the best position to know how we can influence our mind, and He has granted us the power and these techniques, among others, to do so.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth, (Colossians 3:2 NKJV).
Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, (Romans 12:2 NKJV).
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (Ephesians 4:23 NKJV).
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5 NKJV).

Read that last verse again! When we possess the mind of Christ, we are certain our mindset will be positive. Studying the Scriptures helps us control our mindset. Reading the Bible is cool, but it won’t transform you by itself. You need to add action to it!
Act based on God’s Word. Real development happens when you know, believe, and apply God’s Word in your daily life. God is faithful. Act based on His Word, and He will keep His promise.

It’s important to understand that negativity has become an ingrained habit in your life. It takes time to develop habits, and it takes time to break them. So, don’t give up—keep pushing through when negative thoughts creep in. You will kick that negativity habit!
The good news is, it’s not hard to start thinking more positively. To help you, I developed two tried-and-true approaches to achieve a mindset exchange.

Three-Step Process to Mindset Change, #1

Start by getting rid of those negative thoughts. Catch them and throw them out (2 Corinthians 10:5). Once you’ve cleared your mind, you’re good to go in keeping the negativity away. This is how to achieve that:
• Recall. Remember that you control your own mind.
• Reject. Do not allow negative thoughts to come in.
• Refill. Fill your mind with godly thoughts.

You can ensure your thoughts are godly thoughts by praying, reading the Bible, worshipping God, and singing praises. Trust God, let the Holy Spirit lead you, and ask God to help you.

Three-Step Process to Mindset Change, #2

This method will help you overcome thinking of negative experiences and hurtful remarks people have made.
• Forget what happened: Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past, (Isaiah 43:18 NASB1995).
• Divert the focus of your mind: Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth, (Colossians 3:2 NKJV).
• Renew your mind: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, (Romans 12:2 NKJV);  put on the new man, which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24 NKJV).

In a nutshell: Don’t dwell on what has happened—let go and move on. Shift your focus from negativity to God and His word. Think good thoughts (godly thoughts), and you will renew your mind! Surrender to the Holy Spirit for a change in thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Through Him, Christ’s mind can guide your mind.
Apply both approaches, and you will see a positive change. Even though both methods are easy, in the hustle and bustle of our lives, we can forget all about it. Simple reminders can keep us going.
Here are the two reminders—memorize both, and make it a point to use them as much as you can.
Reminder 1:
Recall (you control your mind)
Reject (negative thoughts)
Refill (with Godly thoughts)

Reminder 2:
Forget (your past)
Divert (your thoughts)
Renew (your mind)

Faith and restructuring our mind
Our thoughts create our reality, affecting how we see ourselves and the world. Negative thoughts have a sneaky way of creeping in and overshadowing our days, but we don’t have to let them rule us. We can choose which thoughts we keep and which ones we forget. We can replace negative thought patterns with godly ones.The two practical methods help us biblically restructure our thoughts. Ultimately, replacing negative thoughts with biblical truths through cognitive restructuring transforms our entire outlook on life.
The journey of replacing negative thoughts with God’s truths is a journey of faith. You need to trust God and believe His Word can change everything. As you take deliberate steps toward renewing your mind, you can experience the abundant life that God intends for you. A life free from the shackles of negativity and filled with the hope and joy found in His promises.
The choice is yours.

 

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