Let's face it, your heart and mind are a battlefield. Everyday the enemy tries to take territory. Good thoughts and bad thoughts are constantly battling over the space of your inner being. Deep inside you know you have to win, so you direct your mind to launch a counter offensive to extinguish and replace negativity with positive thought.
Keeping a mental discipline that douses the fires of negativity while actively promoting the power of positive thought can quickly eradicate the ill effects of a dark attitude. The relationship between negative thinking and depression are reciprocal. Even worst, one feeds the other. This negative cycle can even cause death.
John D Teasdale from the Department of Psychiatry at University of Oxford in the U.K., found consistent evidence that shows how negative thinking can depress a person's mood, and a depressed mood opens the door to increased negative cognition in the brain. If the cycle is not stop, a person will need powerful medical intervention.
Although doctors perform a valuable service and help heal many people, the occurrences observed in the physical are effects of a spiritual activity. In Ephesians 4:27 it states that we should not give place to the enemy, and in the prior verse (26) it states that we should not let the sun go down on our "wrath".
In other words, we should keep our mind clear of any, and all, negativity otherwise it may give way to increased negativity. Additionally, we should not allow our mind rest in relative inactivity until we have addressed the negativity that bothers us.
If a person constantly plays a negative cycle in the mind it will affect how we see life, our creativity, and even our problem solving skills are diminished.
In another study, performed by Sonja Llyubomirsky, showed that negative rumination had a destructive effect on personal characteristics which can amplify negative thought to a higher degree. This is how the spiritual enemy can gain more territory within us.
Neuropsychologist New York Times best-selling author, Rick Hanson, Ph.D., humans are predisposed to a negativity bias. He states that our mind has a natural tendency to connect negative circuitry, rather than positive.
This from a biblical perspective we can view the scientific discovery as evidence that man is a fallen creation and predisposed to negativity. Proof of that is our sin-riddled world.
So what do we do about this?
First and foremost, meditate. The most powerful antidote to negativity is Christian meditation. In John 14:23 Jesus states that if we "keep" His word it will increase God's presence in us. In Proverbs 4:22 it states that people who deeply seek the meaning of God's word will experience physical and mental health.
The retained word, which is done through deep thought, concentration, and meditation, can and will change who you are physically and mentally.
These effects are not only written in the Bible also supported by reams of scientific evidence. If you the simple principle of discarding negative thought the moment is makes an uninvited appearance and quickly replace it with God's cultivated within, you will see much brighter days in your future.
You will see life in a more positive way and become more creative. A sense of possibility will rise in you and your tenacity to accomplish anything spring up to assist you, and it's all a blessing of God. Your walk of life will be guarded and guided by God's light and love.
Proverbs 4:18 states that the path of the righteous is like the morning sun shining brighter each moment.
Once you follow the advice in Ephesians 4:27, and let go of negative thought patterns, you can begin to meditate on God's word until it becomes the thought of your mind. Then God can fill you more with His spiritual presence.
Psalm 103:5 declares that God fills our life with "good" things, but we must empty our vessel from the impurities that cause the disintegration of mind and body.
Professor of psychology Dr. John Paul Minda at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Recently discovered that people who simply observe thought and emotion via simple mindfulness technique were more attentive to negative emotions while engaging in positive remediation. Imagine the change that could occur in you with God's increase presence.
A sound mind and heart are key to a healthy life. In fact, Proverbs 14:30 explains that a sound heart, or inner being, is health to the body, but envy, or negative emotions and thoughts, are destructive to the body.
In Matthew 5:8, Jesus drives the point home. Whoever is pure of heart will see God. If you want to see more of God in your life, work, finances, health, and relationship, let go of the negativity and cultivate God's positive word.
Select a time and place of your choosing and take time out each day to deeply and quietly meditate upon His word. This will make more aware of the activity of your mind while empowering Godly thought. According to John 14:23 this will increase God's presence, then you see change.
Remember, in this you will have trouble, all of us do, but if you keep your mind on the Living Word who overcame the world for us (John 16:33) we will have more peace of mind, peace that surpasses all understanding.
So stay focused. Keep your eyes on the Lord!
God bless you. See you in the kingdom.