Our inner thoughts, the things we silently speak over ourselves day in and day out, are very powerful. They shape the way we see our self, how we see other people and how we see the world around us.
If you stopped and really thought about the things that you were silently speaking over yourself, what would they sound like? Are they negative or positive? When I stopped and really listened to what I was speaking over myself I came to realise that my thoughts towards myself were mostly negative and very destructive.
I would think to myself If I messed up then I would think that I am a failure, if I did not do what I said that I was going to do therefore I am unreliable, if I did not reveal the whole truth about myself them I am a liar.
In doing this I am convincing myself that I am my behaviour. My behaviour then becomes my identity, I failed therefore I AM a failure. There is no grace in my thinking, I believe that I am a failure so then I no longer step out and take risks. I live with shame over my first failure and have anxiety over failing once again.
In my thinking I have believed a lie about myself and I have condemned myself to living a life that is way below the life that I was created for.
I love this quote from Bill Johnson… “We can’t afford to have a thought in our head that isn’t His”.
The negativity and self-doubt thoughts that are in our heads are not what God actually thinks about us. We cannot let the lies that we believe about ourselves take root in our thoughts and in our minds. We must learn how to recognize Gods thoughts about us.
The lies we believe about ourselves attack our identity. We need to build a foundation of truth, Gods truth. What does it say in the word? What is it that God thinks? What is on His mind? The truth He speaks aligns with the bible and affirms us as His sons and daughters.
I encourage you to take some time with Holy Spirit and let Him search your thoughts. Take note of the lies that you have been speaking over yourself and then hand them over to God and let Him speak the truth over you. Write the truth down and meditate on it everyday. Meditate on it until it becomes your thoughts about yourself and be free to live the life that you were created for.