The way you think of yourself is who you believe you are (Proverbs 23:7). If you want to have a positive attitude, then you must have positive thoughts. God is not going to make you have good thoughts miraculously. You choose to think on “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report” (Philippians 4:8a, NKJV).
If you believe that positive thinking will happen quickly, then think again. “If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8b, NKJV). You must meditate long and hard to change your thought processes permanently. This happens through the revelation power of the Word of God. The Word that God speaks is Spirit and life. And it is the Spirit who gives life to the Word (John 6:63).
Meditating on the Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to change the way you process Truth is the answer for changing your attitude. These also teach you to effectively manage any negative feeling that arises. Over time, the renewing of your mind by the Word will change what you believe in your heart (Romans 12:2). To be renewed, you allow the Truth of God’s Word to reveal to you what to believe instead of what the world or anyone else tells you to believe.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21, NKJV). You have the power to speak either death or life. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34, NKJV). And you will speak what you believe in your heart—either what is harmful or what is positive.
Do you want to believe the goodness of God’s love for you? Do you wish to believe by faith for His promise that you haven’t seen or experienced in the flesh? God’s Truth first transforms your mind and then becomes the abundance of your heart. You speak what you believe in your heart.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NKJV).
When you continually confess hope and life, you are renewed in the spirit of your mind. Your heart grows to trust what the Holy Spirit reveals in the Word. Doubt cannot shake you. You believe no matter what the world says or anyone else says. You believe God is faithful to keep His promise and that His goodness will be manifested in your life.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher