I didn’t know what I was going to write until today. Usually I have it planned a few days ahead of time. but God was waiting for me to clean up some clutter where I found an old journal. Inside was a piece of paper on which I wrote a note to myself saying: ‘Condemnation is the worst thing you can do as far as spiritual growth is concerned. I know from personal experience that this is what has caused and what makes my self confidence worse. Every time I find something about my self I don’t like or I’ve done wrong, I fixate on it and analyze it to death, which usually makes my confidence go down the toilet and my depression return. Then I found Eph. 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others [and yourself] up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.”’
We have to stop the negative self talk immediately or the analyzing and round and round “I should eat less of this” or “get this sucked out” or” have that surgery” thinking makes us crazy. This can bring on depression and more negative thinking. Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones like, “God loves me and thinks I’m beautiful,” “God loves me and I’m wonderfully made,” or “God sent His Son to die for me.” I put this funny cartoon up because it is just like having a good thought on one shoulder and bad thought on the other, WHICH ONE WILL YOU CHOOSE?
I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11
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