Author- Creflo Dollar
Did you know that your thinking directly affects how you feel and the decisions that you make? It’s true. When you are feeling depressed, sad or angry, you are more likely to make a bad decision. On the other hand, when you spend time with God, seek His wisdom and align your feelings with His Word, your choices will have a more favorable outcome. Too often, people make bad decisions because they are acting out on their emotions rather than remaining focused on the will and Word of God. The key to getting control over your emotions is straightening out your thought life and recognizing that negative emotions stem from wrong thoughts that you have accepted into your mind.
Emotions are feelings on the inside trying to move you in a particular direction. When your thought life is full of doubt, fear and unbelief, your emotions will reflect your mindset and influence your decisions in the wrong direction. Negative emotions will cause you to feel powerless, but you don’t have to be held captive by bad feelings. The Word says to think on those things that are honest, lovely and of good report (Philippians 4:8). Being a guardian over your thoughts is essential to keeping your emotions in line with the Word.
By meditating on what the Bible has to say about your life, you fill your mind and heart with the thoughts of God, and can root out negative emotions. A mind that is in agreement with God will actually produce positive emotions that will keep you in His will for your life. Peace and security can be your reality every day rather than uncertainty and discontent if you train yourself to think positively by using the Scriptures for meditation. When Jesus comes into your life, He changes your heart to desire a life of abundance.
The Word says to guard your heart with all diligence because the issues of your life flow out of it. Whatever you allow into your spirit will end up overwhelming and overtaking your life. If you let negative emotions take root in your heart, the result will be a negative life because these emotions will lead you away from the will of God and the destiny He has for you.
You may feel that your circumstances are beyond your control, but don’t allow what things look like in the natural to make you feel depressed or anxious. Satan will try to sabotage your decisions by getting you to receive his negative thoughts and suggestions. Don’t let him do that! Go to God and let Him transform your thinking. Begin speaking positive, affirming words that will bolster your faith, and think about how much your Father loves you.
Use these keys to uproot negative emotions every time:
1. Be conscious of your decisions and why you are making them. Don’t allow fear and unbelief to enter your mind.
2. Guard your heart by confessing scriptures that support God’s image of you and His plan for your life.
3. Maintain an attitude of expectancy. Put on the garment of praise and expect God to do everything you’ve asked and more (Ephesians 3:20)!
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Source: CDM article- 10-4-05 http://www.creflodollarministries.org/BibleStudy/Articles.aspx?id=53