In Christ, I am…

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Here at Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy and Counseling we experience many clients who struggle with negative self-talk.  The negative messages we tell ourselves over and over become strongholds in our cognitive process.  A stronghold is more easily understood as something we believe.  In other words, if I continue to tell myself negative things about myself, the negative message becomes my truth, my core belief about me, or a stronghold.

When I counsel individuals and even couples, I often work with them regarding negative self-talk; teaching the client/clients how to use counter-acting thoughts to correct negative internal dialog.  I frequently find that clients, although they believe in God, need to be programmed with the Word of God.  This means that clients and I work on using God’s Word (the Bible) to shape our perception of ourselves; what does God say about me.  Who am I in Christ instead of who am I according to the ways I have been hurt, betrayed, and scarred by the world.

Below is a list of common distortions people use against them.  Although there is no real benefit for humans to talk negatively about themselves in the quiet of their own mind, most of us do.  The biggest problem with negative self-talk is that it becomes our truth; it becomes who we are instead of becoming what God created us to be.  So try these.  Read through the list below.  What negative/distortional talk do you use?  Now, what does God say about you according to His Word.  In Christ, you and I are…

 

 

Distortional Thought/Negative Self-Talk                 In Christ, I am
 

I am unworthy/I’m not good enough

 

I am accepted so that I may accept others and display God’s love (Romans 15:7)

 

I have no one, I am all alone

 

I am never alone because Christ who died for me now lives in me (Galatians 2:20)

 

 

No one finds me special, I’m unlovable

 

 

I am thought about and loved.  The God of the universe meets me each day when I awake (Psalm 139:17-18)

 

I’m such a failure… I’ll never succeed

 

I am unable to be separated by God’s love.  The God of the universe, who gave His only Son for my sake, will provide me with all the things I need (Romans 8:31-32, 38-39)

 

I have no family to share life with

 

I am a child of God adopted into the family of God.  Therefore, I belong to the family of believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ

(Romans 8:14-15)

 

I am afraid of the future…

There is nothing for me in life

 

I am created with a purpose and a plan; a plan God made for me to bring me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

Nothing ever works out for me, I’m cursed

 

I am not cursed because my Heavenly Father is greater than the powers of evil and darkness (1 John 4:4)

 

I don’t get it, I keep making mistakes

 

I am protected by God in that He will always provide a way out of sin for me.  Furthermore, my sin is not unique to me, I am not broken because the sins I commit are the sins that are common to all humankind (1 Corinthians 10:13)

 

I feel so lost, I don’t even know who I am

 

I am God’s handiwork created to do good works, which God prepared me to do before I took my first breath (Ephesians 2:10)

 

He/she/they are so much better than me

 

I am fearfully and wonderfully made- knit together by God while I was in my mother’s womb,  God ordained all the days of my life before I was even born (Psalm 139:13-16)

 

I want to give up, I don’t want to be here

 

I am never alone as God is at work within me to complete His will (Philippians 2:13)

 

I am promised troubling days but Christ ensures me that I can have peace because He has overcome the world (John 16:33)

 

 

I have nothing to offer… I am a complete failure

 

 

I am free to think differently from the world, I am as beautiful as God created me to be (Romans 12:1)  I am an image bearer of God through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:29)

 

 

If we are to follow the command to “renew our mind” this is the work we set out to do.  Here at Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy and Counseling we believe in renewing our mind so that our second nature way of thinking more closely resembles that of what God would have us think.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I ignore God’s will when I mock, critique, and condemn His image… ME.  As a child of God, it is my responsibility to represent God and the image He has given me.

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Rocky Mountain Neurotherapy & Counseling is located in Loveland, Colorado.  We specialize in counseling, LENS treatments & helping you feel like yourself again.  We hope you enjoyed our blog post above and welcome you to reach out with any questions or to see how we can help you.

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