Negative Self-Talk

Many of us, including me, have negative critical thoughts going in our head much of the day. I’m referring to the non-psychotic type. For me it’s likely because of upbringing, my own perfectionism and probably just human nature.

I came to the realization lately that it’s just God and me. God resides in me and He would never accuse or be critical other than conviction of sin, which isn’t what the negative talk is about.

1 John 4:15
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the son of God, God lives in him and he in God.

Romans 8:1
There is therefore, now no condemnation, for those who are in Christ Jesus.

So when I hear the critical voice in me I tell it to shut up and let myself be who I am, and do what I do the way I do it, as long as it is righteous or benign behavior. Whether Satan is directly involved in this I’m not sure. I’m inclined to believe it’s largely my own sinful nature and patterns that have developed. But Satan is the accuser and if Satan is involved:

James 4:7
Submit yourselves then to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

And we should not judge ourselves (as in condemn, berate etc.) other than to examine ourselves to be sure we are living out the faith God wants us to live:

2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?

Prayer:
Father in heaven, let me know quickly when I’m thinking untruthful thoughts and show me your truth. Renew my mind so that my thoughts are conformed to your truth.

Romans 12:2a
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

This self-help thought of the day for perfectionists has been brought to you by Jeff at Scripture Zealot.

7 Responses to “Negative Self-Talk”


  1. 1 Peter M. Lopez

    Amen. Preach it.

  2. 2 Derek Ashton

    Jeff,
     
    Good word, I need this too!
     
    I like the way David talks to his own soul in the Psalms, encouraging himself in the Lord. He also asks God to speak certain things to him, as in Psalm 35:1. This takes the whole thing beyond the “self-help” realm. If God doesn’t intervene, I WILL act like a fool, no matter how positiive my self-talk may be. I need God to speak, and me to reaffirm to myself what God has said, or my inner world will seem like a bad place. But when that Light comes in . . . it’s glorious!
     
    Blessings,
    Derek

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    I think I heard Peter yelling from the pew.

    Derek I never thought about David and some of the Psalms in that way. I will be very interested to read some with that in mind. Thanks.

    Jeff

  4. 4 Paul

    “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
    Just thinking…

  5. 5 Paul

    One more thing that came to mind…
    “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philip 4:8

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    Paul those are good ones. Thanks.

    Jeff

  7. 7 E.M

    This is something the body of Christ needs to hear and put to practice. This will help us see ourselves as God wants us to see ourselves. Not like we see ourselves in the carnal mind which is emnity against God or even as Satan wants us to see ourselves through his words of deception. I also like Derrick Ashton commentary on Psalm 35:1. God bless both of you 🙂

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