I have a great idea every once in a Blue moon. Today’s great idea is
“Be Negative”. No really, be negative today to the very thing that is
negative toward you. Someone is saying, “But Jesus said, “Love those who
hate you”, not “Be negative towards those who hate you.” Yes, I agree.
But I want you to be negative today.
Still another person is saying, “ but scripture is clear…”Love your enemies, bless those who curse you and pray for those who spitefully use you.”… I am in 100% agreement!
But I want you to be negative still… Here’s what I mean.
I want you to say “goodbye” to the people who constantly point out where you failed in the past. I want you to distance yourself from constantly negative people. The ones who derisively laugh at your hopes and dreams. I am not saying “be mean to them and flip them off as you walk away.” No…I’m saying still love them but realize God does not require you to be bombarded with hatred when it is in your power to walk away from it.
So often in this world, we are surrounded by a continuing negative, and sarcastic spirit that seeks to wither your love for God, your dream of being healed from that sickness, or your hope for climbing up the ladder of love and becoming more than others in your immediate circumstances have become. They criticize your desire to get that degree…they say,
“Oh RIGHT, YOU are going to graduate from College…I can’t WAIT to see THAT!” as they roll their eyes at your dreams and aspirations.
There are many times we have gathered around us a circle of friends who have known you for years, but when you announce, “I’m going to lose 50 lbs!” They pat you on the back while rolling their eyes behind it and say in a condescending way, “Bless your heart…SURE you are!” Then they get on the chat line and tell everyone as they laugh,
“You’ll never believe what she told me…LOL! She said she is going to lose 50 lbs…can you BELIEVE that? 50 lbs! Poor thing!”
Well let me tell you something, you need to get some new friends as you begin walking toward your goal. No, I’m not saying remove them from your friends’ list, I’m saying remove them from the list of people you tell your dreams to. God commands us to love others, but I don’t believe He calls us to be friends with abusers. (Personally, if I had “friends” who got on a chatline to talk about me, they would not be considered friends anymore.)
I’ll tell you who else to be negative to. Be negative to those (you’re going to have to excuse my remarks please…) DUMBASS voices in your head reminding you of past failures, especially the public ones. I just won’t listen to those anymore. I WON’T!!! Listen to me those who are friends and those who are casual readers…
IT IS TIME we take responsibility to NURTURE THE GIFTS AND CALLING from God in our lives and that He has PLANTED IN OUR HEARTS just like I protect my garden from critters that want to eat it!…Just like I pull the weeds out of the flower beds that want to choke my flowers and just like I protect my patio from groundhogs that want to burrow under it and make my hopes and dreams unstable.
And there ARE people out there, those bereft of any dream except the dream they have to crush YOURS. people who are on a SEEK AND DESTROY MISSION. Their negativity can infect your soul, cause depression, (a…I know what I’m talking about), and make you want to throw in the towel and say goodbye to obtaining the prize your soul longs for!
I want you to treat the thoughts that try to infiltrate your mind like weeds. I want you to get out the hoe of the Holy Spirit and some intestinal fortitude, (guts) and DENY THEM ACCESS TO YOUR SENSITIVE INFORMATION!!! Don’t take their snotty laughing at you! Don’t allow those thoughts to take root!
My mother; who was part of the GREATEST GENERATION used to have a saying. She would say, “You can’t stop the birds from flying around your head, but you don’t have to let them build a nest in your hair!!!” That’s what I’m saying. For too long we have allowed puke filled, stinking rotten thoughts to slime our thinking and make us drop our GOD MANDATE! No more. You have to say” NO MORE!”
I’m telling you what, YOU are responsible for what you let into your head. If doubts and fear and negative thinking and thoughts of “who do I think I am, trying to (name your hope or goal) creep into your thoughts, then you need to give them the boot.
I had a guy show up at my door once, trying to sell me magazines. I don’t judge it was a legitimate business because he showed me his credentials and I knew he was legit. But after I said no the first time, he tried to actually strong arm me and get into my house to manipulate me into buying those magazines. Well, I may be only 5’ 11”, but I grabbed that dude by the collar and the seat of his pants and pushed him out my front door! By gosh, NOBODY, pushes into my front door who doesn’t want my size 11 up his butt! ( I get excited…sorry.)
That is what you have to do with every thought that seeks to dominate you. Scripture says,
“ The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:4-5
I am telling you DON’T PRAY TO GOD TO REMOVE IT…YOU DO IT…IT’S YOUR MIND! Romans 12:1-2 says:
“ Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. DO NOT CONFORM to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Who is supposed to “renew the mind”? YOU are! I am. If God could change everything that comes across your mind, you wouldn’t be free. It is an act of will to think upon “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.” Philippians 4;8.
I’ll tell you what else it is, it is a measure of how badly you want to renew your thinking, because as Scripture tells us, “As a man thinks within his heart, so is he”. Proverbs 23:7. When we say “goodbye” to stinkin thinkin, we have to fill it with the promises of God, otherwise, more weeds are going to blow in on the winds of humanistic television , music and the so called “arts’ and sow fear, doubt and natural thinking right back into your garden.
Get negative with the negative confessions over your life. I used to have people say to me, “You’ll never be a writer…who do you think you are?” I would listen and believe them. I would place faith in their words and…can I tell you, it has taken 50+ years to get that crap out of my head!
No, NO, NO!!! I will not listen to that anymore. And just remember your number line in math class…a negative, plus a negative equals?….A POSITIVE! When you counter negative confessions with “I reject that confession over my life”…your negative response to a negative thought fortifies a POSITIVE reaction spiritually. I do not allow negative people into my circle of friends. I refuse. And the only reasons we settle for negative people in our lives is either because we inwardly agree with their ugly confessions over our lives,( in which case you prove their negative prophecy right) or we have a perverse need for acceptance to the point that we will allow anyone into our lives that will take us. If that is you, you need to be set free!
Just so you don’t confuse what I am saying…let me differentiate between negative words and words of wisdom.
Negativity says, “You will never sell YOUR paintings…who would want to buy that junk?”
Wisdom says, “practice daily and get opinions from those who are better than you in order to perfect your craft…it might be a good idea to wait until you do that.”
See the difference? One speaks death and condemnation because there is no love involved. The other seeks your highest good and wants you to succeed. Never confuse loving correction with negativity…they produce different fruit and the Bible says, “a fool refuses correction”.
Say goodbye to hyper-critical people. Say, “Adieu” to thoughts that try to remind you of past failures. Kick negativity in the seat of the pants and throw out the front door any thought that does not bow it’s knee to Jesus. Don’t go to people who have been negative and say, “I’m kickin you outta my circle of friends” DON”T DO THAT! But make note of negative people in your mind and determine to not allow them into your “Garden of Hope.”
And just so you can leave this post in faith, I declare you WILL lose weight, I say you ARE going to succeed in the dream and desire of your heart, I prophesy that you ARE the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and if you have the faith of a mustard seed, I say you will declare to WHATEV ER mountain exists in your life, “Move from here to there” it will move and nothing will be impossible to you!” Matthew 17:20
Go Get em!