Many years ago, I was extremely negative. My thoughts were all negative, so the words of my mouth were negative, and therefore my life was negative.
When I really began to study the Word and to trust God to restore me, one of the first things I realized was that the negativity had to go.
When I began eliminating the negativity in my life, I was initially frustrated because I didn’t see change. That’s when God spoke to my heart: “Joyce, you have stopped saying negative things, but you have not started saying positive things.”
It wasn’t easy, but God taught me that I can choose my thoughts and control the way I think and speak. I don’t have to just think any old thing that falls into my head. I can think things on purpose that will positively affect my life.
I can think in line with God’s Word and speak it as my daily confession. I can overcome negative thinking by setting my mind and keeping it set on things above. And you can too.
I have probably never written a book that did not include some teaching about the power of words and the power of the mind, and I probably never will. That is how important this subject is, and I want you to take it seriously. I want you to think and speak on purpose daily!
Galatians 6:7 says we reap what we sow. Therefore, if you think positive thoughts and speak them aloud as your confession, you will reap positive rewards in your life.
I don’t mean you’ll never have a situation in your life that you don’t like, but you can learn to look for the positive in all circumstances and be grateful for what you do have, trusting God to care for you and work all things together for good (see Romans 8:28). You can think and speak: “I believe God is working, and I will see the results in my life!”
Like my book Power Thoughts, this devotional isn’t meant to just be read; it’s meant to be used. I encourage you to take time each morning to read the daily Scripture and devotional and commit the power thought to memory. Then take it to the next level and make it part of your confession.
It is important to take time first thing in the morning to fill your mind with positive, Scripture-based power thoughts you can think and speak throughout your day so you are ready when the negative thoughts and circumstances come your way.
It can be especially helpful when you find yourself speaking negatively to replace those words with your daily power thought. I truly believe if you make these power thoughts part of your life and belief system—which you can do by thinking and speaking them daily—you will see a dramatic change in your life.
From the very beginning of your day, before you’ve even gotten out of bed, choose your thoughts and words carefully. They will set the tone for your entire day. Meditate on the power thought at the end of each devotional throughout your day, and you will begin to think, speak, act, and even feel more positive as you choose to enjoy your everyday life!
Make the choice: renew your mind and mouth by thinking and speaking power thoughts daily.
Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.