A Poem - Using God's Word To Overcome Negative Thoughts & False Beliefs
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Here is the poem I mentioned in my last post that helped me through some shall I say dysregulated moments.
It’s very simple, making it easier to remember and recite repeatedly ~ and the likelier I will! (recite it repeatedly, that is.)
Repetition of positive, encouraging, truth-filled statements ~ whether in our own words written like a poem, or direct from scripture ~ helps re-wire the neurocircuitry in the brain, and subconscious mind. This is how we override the false beliefs and repetitive negative thoughts that are limiting our lives.
I chose words that best countered my false beliefs, and matched with God's word in the scripture. Feel free to use it and make it your own, or write a poem, and feel free to share it in the comments!
The verses that inspired this poem are outlined below.
1) LORD lead me every minute of this day
Fill my heart and my mind with your Truth and your Way
2) No matter what, I know that you, GOD, have my back
Even when my life gets off track, or my mind gets way out of whack!
3) I have been crucified with Christ, His Spirit lives in me
He removed the veils so I can now see
4) That He is my shepherd, and my rock
He came to redeem and call back His flock
5) I can love myself because GOD loved me first
It is HE, not I, (nor others!) that dictates my worth
6) How great indeed that He chose me
To live in His kingdom, eternally!
There are countless verses that can help us overcome whatever may be causing us to stumble in life, or be held back in any way. Whatever challenges, whatever circumstances, God takes everything and uses it for good.
Verses that inspired or relate to the above poem
Show me thy ways, O LORD, teach me thy paths. ~Psalm 25:4
Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. ~Psalm 139:10
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. ~John 14:6
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. ~Psalm 34:4
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. ~Psalm 34:18
The LORD redeems the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. ~Psalm 34:22
"I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Jeremiah 29:11
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want ~Psalm 23 (The entire Psalm 23, written below, is a great one to remember, and one of the main scriptures Louie Giglio emphasizes in his excellent book, Don't Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table: I't Time to Win the Battle of Your Mind.)
I have been crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~Galatians 2:20
Who gave himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. ~Titus 2:14
Hereby know we that we dwell in him and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. ~1 John 4:13
I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. ~John 3:3
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ~Psalm 18:2
He is the Rock, His work is perfect, and all His ways are just. ~Deuterotomy 32:4
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. ~Isaiah 26:4
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. ~1 John 4:6
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. ~Psalm 139:14
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit ad that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. ~John 15:16
This is the promise which He made to us: eternal life. ~1 John 2:25
In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago. ~Titus 1:2
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~Epehsians 2:10
We have a path and a way to freedom from the negative influences of this world.
Freedom from our addictions, dysregulation, CPTSD, negative emotions, fear, anxiety, and the debilitating consequences of living counter to God's laws!
It sounds simplistic. And, it is quite simple to apply. The 'devil' is in the practice. That is, if we don't take the initiative to counter our negative thoughts, emotions and false beliefs, then we will continue to be controlled by them. That is, they will continue to have a negative effect on our lives.
I personally have found the process of using scripture ~ the inspired Word of God and universal truths ~ to be the most effective method of over riding false, limiting and negative beliefs I have ever tried. By far! (Of course the true power is when we are born again ~ regenerated of mind and heart ~ and receive His Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38, John 3:3, 3:5 & 3:6, Romans 10:9, 1 Peter 1:3 & 1:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5+)
As soon as we give in to one thought ~ one seemingly benign, inconsequential thought ~ and forget to hold it captive against the Word of God ~ the next thing you know, we are making up all kinds of scenarios in our mind: anticipating the worst, jumping to conclusions, exaggerating, comparing, getting upset, angry, or full of fear ~ and all that fun stuff.
I encourage you to take the time to remember a few simple verses, or the lyrics of the above poem, adapted to your needs. Start repeating it on a regular basis until you commit it to memory. Then start your day reciting a verse or the poem. Recite the verse or poem, then be still and Know God!
Upon awakening is an ideal time to impregnate ourselves with the positive, affirming truth statements from the Word of God. It can help you begin your day on a positive note, which will trickle into all your encounters for the rest of the day.
Don't let the aimless nonsensical or negative thought habits have a seat at your table!
Here is the rest of Psalm 23, which really is a great one to remember!
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He taketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anoints my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Good sources for quick searches of verses: Biblehub.com; BibleGateway.com, Bible.Knowing-Jesus.com