Negative thinking is never a good force in life–but it is a powerful force, often times more powerful than the positive thoughts you call on to combat it. But don’t despair! Half of winning a battle is knowing your enemy.
Be extra vigilant, knowing that living a life of hope and optimism is not easy… but it is so worth it!
Throughout the Bible, God urges us to think wisely and positively. “Get wisdom, get understanding,” says Proverbs 4:5. In Isaiah 1:18, the Lord insists, “Come now, and let’s settle this… Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow. If they are red as crimson, they will become like wool….”
When you expect good things from God, you get good things from God! The psalmist prays “Teach us to number our days so we can have a wise heart” (Psalm 90:12). Every day is a gift from God; celebrate it.
Jesus told stories that made people think. He urged them to reflect on the marvelous way God feeds the birds and clothes lilies with glorious beauty (Matthew 6:26-29).
And when Jesus quoted the Old Testament command to love God with all your heart, all your being, and all your strength (Deuteronomy 6:5), he added, “with all your mind” (Mark 12:30). Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians records the apostle’s desire to “capture every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (10:5).
Philippians 4:8 provides a foolproof strategy to keep your thoughts positive and God-centered: “From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.”
Sure, negative thinking is powerful. But it can’t begin to stand up to the faith-filled joy and hope God wants to give you. Read your Bible. Claim its promises. Let its truths trample negative thoughts. Think positive!
Favorite Psalms for Comfort and Hope
We asked you, our readers, for your favorite psalms and we've collected some of your wonderful responses. In this slideshow, you'll find the beloved verses of Psalm 121 and Psalm 91, as well as Bible verses you may be less familiar with. We hope you'll enjoy these verses that uplift, inspire and encourage.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways…
When I tried to understand all this,
it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations He has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 121: 1-8
1. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.