Thoughts of Truth to Replace Negative Internal Chatter

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Hey there! Through all the emails and comments today, I believe the Lord is impressing on my heart to continue more conversation about “How to Stop Negative Internal Chatter.” Yesterday we mentioned Phil. 4:8:

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

What things? What are we supposed to be thinking about? The things mentioned before the thinking even begins.

So I decided we’ll take the next 8 weeks of Whimsical Wednesdays, our weekly blogger linkup day, to examine and thoroughly dissect the eight things we are supposed to be thinking on… in place of that negative internal chatter.

This week we have 4 thoughts of truth to replace negative internal chatter.

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As mentioned yesterday by myself and the comments of others, many Christians know that we should not give way to the negative thought life that so quickly spirals downward. Whether it is harsh self-critique or worry or fear, one negative thought leads to another at lightning speed.   Before we can blink, we’ve worked our minds into a frenzy over an issue that should not have been allowed to take root.

As we discussed yesterday, we’ve watered the weed- giving it full nourishment in order to keep growing.  But although we know we shouldn’t do it, we are often unprepared to battle it.  The truth is that we must train ourselves to replace those negative thoughts with truth from God’s Word.

To help us discover the key to replacing negative internal chatter, I began to dwell on thoughts of truth that apply. Whether the issue is self-confidence, anger, worry, anxiety, or no matter the issue, truth must be our guide to replacing negative internal chatter.

1. Though I may not feel like it in the moment, God is in control.

Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Prov. 19:21

2. While I may not enjoy or appreciate the circumstance, God can take anything and use it for my good and His glory.

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people  should be kept alive, as they are today. Gen. 50:20 (the story of Joseph)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Rom. 8:28

3. While I think this issue seems like one I should be able to handle on my own, God pursues the smallest of details.

But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! Luke 12:28

4. When I want to take matters into my own hands, God’s got this.

Do not say, “I will repay evil”; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. Prov. 20:22

I believe the above four thoughts of truth can apply to any negative internal chatter.  I, unfortunately, have loads of experience with the issue, as I confessed yesterday.

And now I need you to keep the conversation going! Yesterday one of our readers mentioned her method of keeping her journal in order to combat that negative inside chatter. Her method is really fantastic! I’d love to hear more specifically from you today:

What thoughts of truth do you use to replace negative internal chatter?

Bloggers, thanks for linking up today- any encouraging post is wanted for the linkup!

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11 Comments

  1. I am horrible when it comes to negative self chatter. This will definitely help! Thank you posting this!!

  2. Thank you for your biblical insight. God has an amazing way of working through people with His perfect timing. Tonight, He knew I needed to read this and some of your other posts.

    1. Bless you Rachel. Yes, He does have a way with timing indeed. Perfect. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  3. Hi Rachel,

    I love this series! I, too, suffer from negative self-talk. I just did a blog post about labels, the labels that we let define us. My way of coming out of it, I remind myself I am a child of God. Nothing else matters.

    Thank you for sharing your gift.
    Grace

  4. This is an excellent study. It is amazing what can creep into our thoughts if we don’t guard our minds and hearts. Thank you and have a wonderful day 🙂

  5. Rachel, I love your blog it is so inspiring with your daily doses of much-needed encouragement! Negative internal chatter is definitely something I’m struggling with. I’m looking forward to learning in your WW series. Thanks for the linkup today too. I’ve been studying Hebrews 10:35-36 to gain my confidence to overcome the negative chatter and persevere in His master plan. As you said in #4, “God’s got this”. Thanks and have a great day!

  6. Hi Rachel,

    This is very good. Women and men have more negative self talk than what we all realize.

    I am working at Practicing the Presence of Jesus, being very, very, conscious, and deliberate of Jesus’ Presence. Some days I do better than other days. I started this I think from reading Jesus Calling and also I think from reading a question, How would your actions and thoughts change by really knowing Jesus is right here with you? When I really work at this Truth, I have a better day, and am more calm, and have better thoughts.

    Blessings,

    Joanne

  7. Thank you for this series! I know I need it 🙂

  8. When this negative self-chatter starts, I try to ask myself – “would I talk like this to anyone else?” That helps to get it in perspective!!

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