Shattering Negativity with Praise

“It reaches to the highest mountain,
And it flows to the lowest valley,
The blood that gives me strength from day to day,
It will never lose its power.”

This song always gets my spirit stirred up because they are powerful words of victory.  Jesus won’t ever lose His power. His blood that washes our sins away and covers us won’t ever lose its power. Isn’t it a comforting thought to know that we as God’s children are covered by the blood of The Lamb and are protected? I’m so thankful that I chose to believe in the power of the blood, but it took some hard struggles to truly realize the power of God.

I used to struggle with being a negative thinker, with being a worrier, and a doubter. For the longest time I was in a dark, deep rut that seemed like there was no way out. I would get so worked up over every little thing surrounding me in my life. I would let the horrible stories of the news get me so freaked out and worked up that I thought I was losing my mind. I would always compare myself to my earthly father and let the devil try to make me feel like I was going to end up mentally ill like him. I was afraid of feeling joy, I was afraid of feeling anything at all. I became a shell of depression and nerves. I became so down that I didn’t want to get up out of bed and go anywhere. There were actually some days where I just cried in my bed all day long, listening to the lies and tricks of the enemy.

It affected my health. It affected my schooling. It affected me spiritually. It affected my relationships with my friends and family. It affected every aspect of me. I let all the negativity drown me. I let the negativity chain me up. I felt as if someone had taken chains and tied me up and that there was no way of freeing me. That was over three years ago, when I finally stopped running from my call to preach.

In three years, a lot has changed about me and my life. I’ve accepted my call to preach, I met the love of my life and got married, I’m not a negative person anymore, I am not a worry wart, I am not a constant doubter, and I am not scared of turning out mentally ill like my father. I will be honest and say that there are days where I do struggle with being down, being negative, or worrying, but I can honestly say that I don’t stay down in those valleys.

I’ve learned to shut down the enemy by praying more and to study the word of God daily.

It has taken me a long time to realize that because I’m a child of God’s, I don’t have to worry or feel down 24/7. I’ve realized that just because my father is a certain way doesn’t mean that I will be another statistic that abused children fall into. It took me going through a lot of hard spiritual battles for me to learn that it isn’t God’s will for us to be down, to be mentally ill, to worry, to doubt.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

It is through God that we find peace, love, joy, understanding, comfort, confidence, strength, holiness, and so much more. It is through God and His power that we can be confident in knowing that He has a beautiful plan for our lives.

God doesn’t plan ugly lives full of abuse, of depression, of drugs and alcohol addiction, of constant worrying and doubt, of fear, of sadness. Those things are the work of the enemy. Those things are not what God has in plan for His children. The devil will use any little thing that he can to get us so down that all we are ever focusing on is defeat. He gets us so chained down that we feel oppressed within ourselves that we forget to whom we belong. We forget that there is power in praise and worship. We forget that there is power in the name of Jesus. We forget that there is power in the blood.

God sometimes lets us go through hardships so that we can grow stronger in Him. He sometimes lets us go through things so that we can find ourselves through Him and His eyes. Sometimes we must go through the deep, stormy waters to grow closer to God, to grow wiser, to grow stronger.

God won’t ever put you through something you can’t handle.

A great minister once said, “If you focus on defeat, you will never see victory.” How true that statement is. When I was focusing on defeat and all the negative things in my life, I never saw the victory that was right there waiting for me to claim it.

We will always have the victory in Jesus!

Fellow MILSO’s, don’t focus on negativity. Don’t worry yourself too death, don’t stress until you’re sick, don’t compare yourself to those you came from, don’t focus on the evil of this world, don’t focus on the lies the enemy tries to tell you. Be confident in the power of God.

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God’s power is real. I am a walking testimony of how real His power is. God completely transformed everything about me, from the inside out and I know He can do the same for you. Whenever you are feeling negative about yourself remember the scripture found in 2 Timothy 7:1. When you stop focusing on the negatives, you’ll begin to see the positives bloom all around you.

I’ve learned over time that praise to God is a powerful thing. When we praise God constantly throughout the day, thinking on His goodness, and thinking about the good things that He has done for us we’ll always have the joy of the Lord within us.

My mom used to tell me, “Rachel, the devil can’t have your joy unless you give it to him. Don’t give him anything the Lord has given you.” The devil has no power over us, as long as we don’t give him an inch in our lives.

Guard your thoughts and be in constant prayer. Constantly praise God and thank Him throughout your day. When you start to do those things and you truly believe in God and His power, the darkness in your life will be turned into a beautiful morning full of joy. Bloom into daughters of praise and thankfulness.

The next time a negative thought or negative situation appears in your life, read Philippians 4:8. It says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, 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.”

This scripture will shatter any negative thoughts. It teaches us to think on the good, to think on the victories, to think about our Savior. Think on the good and your life will see the light of God shining through it.

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