Crushing Fear – Day 23 – Negative Thinking

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

— Norman Vincent Peale —

32 years ago, little old ONU thought they could beat big old Oklahoma, and they did.


Several years ago, I read Norman Vincent Peale’s book, “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Although the book was loaded with many pearls of wisdom, one struck me straight in my brain and never left.

In “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Peale details a state of mind he refers to as the self-fulfilling prophecy. The self-fulfilling prophecy means we become what we think.

If you…

  • Think solutions-you will find solutions.
  • Think problems-you will find problems.
  • Think health-you will find health.
  • Think sickness-you will find sickness.
  • Think positive-you will find positive.
  • Think negative-you will find negative.
  • Think abundantly-you will find abundance.
  • Think scarcity-you will find scarcity.
  • Etc…

SPOILER ALERT:  The stories we tell ourselves become the stories of our lives.



God (faith) wants us to view the world positively, bringing energy into our lives and the people we interact with.

The enemy (fear) wants us to view the world from a negative perspective which drains energy from our lives and the people we interact with.


If you struggle with living in negativity, a great place to start is by loving God and living in your God-purpose daily; “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”  (Romans 8:28)

An excellent addition to loving God and living your God purpose is memorizing the scripture below and using it to counter the devil’s attempts to suck you into its negative spirit.

Philippians 4:8, “Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”


What beliefs, thoughts, and actions cause you to struggle with harmful and destructive thinking?

Additional Scripture to read and reflect upon:  Proverbs 17:22, Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 12:2



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