Someone suggested I offer a list of things Christians tend to beat themselves up with, and a corresponding scripture. I thought this was a very good idea because replacing our thoughts with God's Word is one of the first places we can begin to change the way we think.
Here's a list (in no particular order) of the top 10 accusations people meditate on--and scriptures put in the "first person" so you can see how to replace thoughts of defeat:
"That was stupid." -- "[I] have the mind of Christ" (1 Corinthians 2:16).
"[I] have an anointing from the Holy One, and [I] know all things" (1 John 2:20).
"Who do I think I am?" -- "[I am] the righteousness of God in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:21).
"I can't do anything right." -- "I can do all things through Christ [and His anointing] which strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
"No one cares." -- "[I will cast] all [my] care upon Him, for He cares for [me]" (1 Peter 5:7).
"How can God use me?" -- "[Jesus] saved [me] and called [me] with a holy calling, not according to [my] works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to [me] in Christ Jesus before time began" (2 Timothy 1:9).
"I will never get away from my past." -- "[I overcome the enemy and his lies] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of [my] testimony..." (Revelation 12:11).
"I will never be a good (fill-in-the-blank)." -- "There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). "His grace is sufficient for [me]" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
"Why did I think God could use me?" -- "And having called [me], He [has given me] right standing with Himself. And having given [me] right standing, He [has also given me] His glory" (Romans 8:30).
"I will never be as (pretty/handsome/smart/witty/etc) as them." -- "God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34). "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well" (Psalm 139:14).
"Why do I even try?" -- "[Because] the Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance [and be saved]."
What are some thoughts you've battled? I promise God has a scripture for that to help transform the way you think!
(Editor's Note: Seminole resident Daphne Delay is an author, speaker, and the founder of Mirror Ministries. More devotionals can be found at www.mirrorministries.org.)