White Noise | Message 2: Silence Your Negative Thoughts | Pastor Chad Dingess | 1/14/2024

January 14, 2024   /   Bethesda Church

Proverbs 4: 23
Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Dr. Paul David Tripp, author and pastor said, “No one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do.”

  • Your thoughts have incredible power.
  • You have incredible power over your thoughts.

Romans 8: 5-6
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

4 main areas of negativity.

  • Cynicism
  • Negative filtering
  • Absolute Thinking
  • Blaming

1 Samuel 30: 3-6 (NIV)
When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

Psalm 103: 1-5
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103: 8
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Psalm 86: 15
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Psalm 145: 8
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.

Romans 15: 13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Cynicism: With God’s help, I will get rid of all bitterness and skepticism. I choose to believe the best about others and be kind, compassionate, and loving. I will love and forgive others as Jesus as loved and forgiven me.

Negative Filtering: God, by your power, I take every thought captive and make it obedient to the truth of Christ. Because you are good, I choose to think on what’s good, right, true, helpful, and worthy of praise. As I trust you, your peace will guard my heart, soul, and mind.

Absolute Thinking: As Jesus loved and accepted me, I will love and accept others. Rather than always being right, I’m called to always be loving. Rather than just making a point, I choose to make a difference. In humility, I choose to love others above myself.

Blaming: God has given me a life and mind of my own. By His grace, I will own my choices and choose God’s best for me. I believe I have been given everything I need to accomplish everything God wants me to do today. In Christ, I will overcome.

 

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