My message last Sunday was on the power of thoughts. Everything begins with a thought. WATCH HERE

In fact, the Bible says that Satan uses thoughts to build “strongholds” in your mind – negative thoughts about yourself, God, and others that put you in bondage. They will drag you down.
However, God gave you your mind to serve you – to work for you, not against you. That is why you must control your thoughts.

I want to encourage you to do an exercise today. You might not be comfortable with it at first, but that is an indicator that you need to do it!

I am sure you are familiar with this Scripture:

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8 NLT

This Scripture tells you to “fix your thoughts”. You see, that is intentional. You must choose to do that.

I am sure you have probably done this for life in general. But this is what I want to ask you to do today – apply the list in that passage to yourself.

What about you is; true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and worthy of praise?

You have spent plenty of time on the “other” list – the one that describes all of your negative attributes. And the devil, whose name is, The Accuser of the brothers and sisters (Rev 12:10), will help you with that list! And ofttimes he will use other people to do it. And when you agree with the thoughts he puts in your head (he cannot read your mind, but he can put thoughts in your mind), it condemns and discourages you.

Jesus would never do that. The question is, who are you going to believe, the One who made you, knows you, and loves you, or the one who hates you and wants to destroy you?

One day while I was in prayer I prayed, “Your kingdom come, and Your will be done.” The Lord interrupted me and said, “If you want to be in my will you must love yourself because I love you.” That stunned me. I did not even realize until He said that how many negative things I was believing about myself. Our self-hatred can be profound at times. He then upped the game and said, “And you must love yourself the way I do, unconditionally.”

From that experience, I learned that rather than being our own worst enemy, we are to be our own best friend.

If you will be courageous enough to do this exercise, I know it will be a huge blessing to you.

Make a list of all the good things about yourself using the list in that Scripture. If you cannot think of any (which, again, is a sign that you really need to do it), ask a trusted family member or friend. They will have plenty to say that is good about you.

John