Negativity and the Mind of Christ

“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” (John 10:10 NLT).

girl-1149933_1920At every moment, there are two voices vying for our attention–one wants to tear us down and paralyze us, the other wants to encourage, uplift, strengthen, and set us free. With every thought, we choose who we’ll listen to.

Be aware, Satan is bent on our destruction, and often, he uses us to bring this about.

Because he’s terrified of who we’ll become, should we fully embrace and live out our identity in Christ. 

So what does he do? He watches us closely, learning what triggers our insecurities and what lies will hinder us most. Lies like:

I’m not worthy.

I can’t do this.

They won’t like me.

They’ll leave me.

They won’t listen to me.

I’m not as good/talented/beautiful as … 

The more we give in to his schemes, the more we entertain his voice, the more defeated we become.

But friends, Satan can only work by our permission, and greater is He (Christ) who is in us than he (Satan) who is in the world. 

The Bible tells us, when we believe in Christ and trust in Him for our salvation, we are given two powerful and unconquerable gifts–the Holy Spirit, which dwells within us, and the mind of the Creator Himself.

“For ‘Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach Him?’

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16 NLT).

Having the mind of Christ means thinking as He thinks. Through the Holy Spirit, our thoughts can mirror Gods. Is that not incredible? I believe this Spirit-led thinking is all encompassing and includes viewing sin as sin, truth as truth, and people as God does.

That includes us–seeing and thinking about ourselves as Christ Himself does.

So how do we do this? How can our thoughts about ourselves mirror God’s?

The first step is to recognize Satan’s lies. 

One of the greatest weapons in warfare is that of the element of surprise. The greatest defense against this is to be alert and aware. Don’t be caught off guard and defenseless. Know your enemy. Know his tactics. And know your Commanding Officer, Your Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, is stronger.

The second step is to stand and resist.

James 4:7 makes a promise. If we resist the devil, he will flee from us. But so often, instead of standing firm against him, we play right into his hands.

We choose what we think about. We can entertain self-destructive thoughts or we can “fix [our] thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable” (Phil. 4:8 NLT–pronoun change mine).

Fix, focus, center, our thoughts on truth–in every area, especially in regard to ourselves.

The third step is to find an accountability partner. girls-1209321_1920

Most of us have been entertaining negative thoughts for so long, it’s become habit to do so, and habits can be hard to break. Our efforts are strengthened, however, when we link arms with someone else. Someone we can be honest with, someone who has our best in mind, and will help us become the men and women Christ created us to be.

Can you imagine what our lives would look like if we consistently viewed ourselves as Christ does? Can you imagine what our relationships would look like? How effective our ministries were–if we were operating on truth, fully resting in grace, and completely enveloped in God’s love, rather than acting and reacting based on inner lies and insecurities?

Christ died to set us free from everything that tears us down and holds us back. Let’s grab hold of and walk in that freedom, amen?

whollylovedconferneceonesheetFor those of you wanting to learn more on how to do this, consider joining me and my Wholly Loved team for one of our upcoming “You Are Enough” conferences, or book us for your next women’s event. Find out more HERE, and follow us on Facebook HERE.

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About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.
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