Who Says So?

What do you say when you talk to yourself?  Come on!  Admit it!  You know you do.  We all do.  We are constantly talking to ourselves.  Thinking.  Imagining.  Reflecting.  Telling ourselves what we want to hear. 

Respected behavioral researcher and best-selling author, Dr. Shad Helmstetter has written several books on the theme of self talk.  His thesis is that we can improve our lives, by simply choosing our thoughts and focusing our minds upon the positive instead of the negative. It reminds me of Solomon’s affirmation, “As he thinks in his heart so is he” (Prov. 23:7) 

Since God made man, He knows what is best for us.  He knows how we can “program” our minds to be the most effective, and enjoy a high degree of abundant living.  So, we are commanded to think on things that are pure, holy, just, true, lovely, honorable, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. (Phil. 4:8).  So think about what you’re saying.  But also realize what God is saying.

“The hopeless says, “It’s impossible.”  God says, “All things are possible”. (Lk 18:27)
The weary says “I’m too tired.”  God says, ”I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28-30)

The broken-hearted says, “Nobody really loves me.”  God says, “I love you.” (Jn 3:16 )

The discouraged says, “I can’t go on.  “God says, “My grace is sufficient for you.” (II Corinthians 12:9)

The perplexed says, “I can’t figure things out.”  God says, “I will direct your steps.” (Pro 3:5-6)

The overwhelmed says,”I can’t do it.” God says, “You can do all things” (Phil. 4:13)

The defeated says,  “I’m not able.” God says, “I am able.” (II Cor. 9:8)

The quitter says, “It’s not worth it.” God says, “Heaven will be worth it”. (Rom. 8:28 )

The guilt ridden says, “I can’t forgive myself.”  God says, “I forgive you.” (Rom. 8:1)

The impoverished says, “I can’t manage.” God says, “I will supply all your needs.” (Phil, 4:19)

The cowardly says, “I’m afraid.” God says, “I have not given you a spirit of fear. (II Tim 1:7)

The anxious says, “I’m worried.”  God says, “Cast all your cares on ME.”(I Pet.5:7)

The sinner says, “I’m lost!”  And God says, “I sent Jesus to die for you and save you.” (Rom 5:8). 

When you are tempted to listen to that voice within that is self-depreciating, hear the voice of God who will lift you up and provide help, hope and healing.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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6 responses to “Who Says So?

  1. May God bless you bro’ Ken for this great encouragement to the souls that are losing faith ‘n hope in God. A great lesson I’ve planned to forward to the desperate. Be blessed and continue delivering the message of hope to the world.

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  2. Valerie Castleman

    That was definitely the best meal I’ve had today! Brought tears to my eyes, thanks

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  4. Taylor

    A good reminder for us all, especially me, who is in a seventh-month battle against depression, trying to reverse all of the horrible mental habits I learned as a teen.

    Even secular writers like David Burns (“Feeling Good”), who was a major cognitive therapy advocate, knew the power of negative self talk. When we as Christians reckon with how much God loves us why do we keep digging our own grave?

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