The Power of Negative Self-Talk

Studies show our normal rate of talking is 120 words a minute, but we can think at a rate of 1300 words a minute.*

No wonder I sometimes get depressed when I dwell on my problems. Imagine ten minutes of negative self-talk. That’s 13,000 negative, sad, angry, and discouraging words pumped into my soul.

2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “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.” (NIV)

2 Corinthians 10:5, we think 1300 words a minuteWhen we begin to think negative thoughts, we must spring into action…demolishing and taking thoughts captive. 

What a great picture of warfare—a reminder that most battles are won or lost in our minds.

What are some practical ways to fight these enemy thoughts?

  1. Memorize Bible verses related to our struggles
  2. Interrupt negative thoughts by counting our blessings
  3. Praise God when negative thoughts come

    So next time the battle begins, let’s fight!

    *Tim Hansel, Holy Sweat (Waco, TX: Word, 1987), 102-3 as quoted in Having a Mary Spirit by Joanna Weaver, page116.

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    1. Gail, I'm praying these verses for you, today. Love you!

      1. Thank you, dear friend. I am blessed by your prayer!


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