If you read this post and this post about damaging negative thought patterns, you may wonder how I conquered them. I wasn’t specific about how I got rid of that mind trap, but if you struggle with damaging thought patterns, this post is for you.
Block, Deflect, and Replace
There you have it. That’s it in a nutshell. I’m sad to say I didn’t give the process the credit it deserved in my previous posts because it’s so simple. After putting an end to my harmful thought patterns, I looked back on the process with these questions:
Is that really all it took?
Just a simple block and redirect of anything negative?
Was it really that simple?
Did it really take such a short time?”
Since the answer to these questions is “yes”, I downgraded the process to be of little consequence. But is it of little importance? No! For people like you (if you are caught in the trap, too) and me,
It. Is. Huge.
Besides for our salvation, Jesus came to give us a life of abundance. He desires for us to take joy in Him for the abundant life with uplifting thought patterns. Here’s how to rid your mind of damaging thoughts.
Step 1. The Commitment
Pray. Admit you have allowed the thoughts to take control of you. Ask God to give you the dedication you need in this area. Commit your new thought life to the Lord. He will transform you! But, I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be an immediate transformation. It takes a little time (or longer), so be committed to the process.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
Step 2. The Blocking
Think of a football lineman, rising to his opponent as the ball is snapped. He stands firmly on both feet, gathers his upper body, and stands ready to defend his ground. He powerfully interrupts his opponent’s path. He gets in the way, he obstructs, he prevents, he impedes, he stops the enemy!
Block any harmful thoughts that come from the enemy.
Step 3. The Deflecting and Replacing – A Combined Motion
Seemingly in one motion as the football team lineman blocks, he moves into a deflecting motion. He hinders his opponent and redirects his steps. He deflects the enemy to alter his movements into a different direction – the direction he wants him to go – away from his target (the quarterback, the football, etc.). But in your case, you’ll deflect and immediately replace the bad thought with something positive. If your negative thought is of being unworthy, fill your mind with what God says about you.
You Are Worthy!
If your bad thought is stealing your joy, transfer the thought to how the Lord is your Joy!
If a thought says others don’t like you or you have no friends, replace it with what the Lord says.
Jesus is Your Friend!
Imagine Jesus standing up to choose members for His team. You are His chosen friend!
You are my friends if you do what I command. (John 15:14)
I no longer call you slaves, because
a master doesn’t confide in his slaves.
Now you are my friends, since I have told
you everything the Father told me. (John 15:15)
If harmful thoughts bring up bad memories or regrets, deflect to what Jesus says about past sins.
For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
If your thoughts are negative about your future, redirect to how God holds your future.
‘For I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord,
‘They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)
And I am certain that God, who began
a good work within you, will continue his
work until it is finally finished on the day
when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6)
Does this sound simple enough?