In my coaching practice, I come across a common issue: the effects of negative thought patterns.
Isaiah 55:8–9 NIV 8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. 9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I am so glad that God's thoughts and ways are higher than mine. Quite often, we allow negative thought patterns to rule our lives, and the outcome can produce self-destructive and self-sabotaging behaviors. Negative thoughts result in us living in dry places instead of fresh springs of water. Past biases, trauma, struggles, and what others have said or believed about us may carry into our thought process, and as a result, we may develop limiting beliefs about ourselves that will hold us back from living fruitful and whole lives.
Do you believe that this is God's intention for you? God does not entertain negative thoughts about you. So why should you? He is able to provide a way out. God is not confused. Are you? His thoughts are higher, and his plans for us are to heal us and not hurt us. Jeremiah 29:11. Have you stopped to ask what the Lord thinks about you? God sees opportunities, while we see failures.
It may be that you are not aware that this is happening at all.
Awareness and challenging our thoughts using God's filter are the start of our healing process. How long do you want to remain in the cycle of your own negative thoughts? Is your pain enough to motivate you to take action? For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "