It is human nature to focus on the negative rather than the positive. The media and social networks, see to it that we get our daily dose of negative. We as believers are required to walk by faith.
That means our trust in God overcomes the impulse to panic in the face of adversity. It's a learned behavior and gets easier over time as we witness the hand of God at work in our lives.
The story of Jesus sleeping in the boat during a raging storm is a good example of how we should be. The antidote for worry and anxiety is the love, peace and joy of the Lord. No one has arrived at the place of perfect faith and trust. It does not matter if you are in the ministry or not, the best preacher, or that you appear to others to be strong spiritually, everyone has to overcome the negative thoughts and situations that are part of our daily existence on earth.
Today's victory is wonderful, but tomorrow is a new day with new challenges and blessings. I have to remind myself daily to walk by faith expecting life not death, blessing and not cursing. Deut. 30:19 "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: "
The best way to overcome negative thoughts is to feed our minds with positive uplifting stuff. The mind is trainable and the more we put in the promise of God, which is the Word of God, the more our minds begin to think positively. Garbage in, garbage out. Goodness in, goodness out.
Phil. 4:8 "whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things"
2 Cor. 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
When you next feel the flesh's urge to worry or get distressed about a situation, immediately begin to change it's train of thought. Listen to good worship, and uplifting preaching. If you can't pray in English, pray in the heavenly tongue. It's God's gift to us " Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Rom. 8:26
Let us agree to encourage each other in 2015. Let us help each other focus on the goodness of God (Rom. 2:4) and the blessings of the Lord that makes rich and adds no sorrow. (Prov. 10:22) Let us focus on the "goodness and mercy that will follow us all the days of our lives". (Ps. 23:6) God says I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth. I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (Isa. 43:19)
God bless you richly,