"As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves."
Page 87 Alcoholics Anonymous
Hopefully everyone can identify with cartoon above. Evil thoughts and Godly thoughts exist within us. Just as the Holy Spirit attempts to reach us we hear some counter thoughts of selfishness, anger, and fear. How do we decide which side to obey? We can evaluate the pros and cons of consequences for each choice. This would be an important step toward making the best selection from the available options... options we have learned. We can explore other options we do not yet see through learning from others in conversations and research. We could even search online. Relying upon our limited understanding might not be best.
Next up is a clip designed for athletes in basketball to learn how to stop negative thoughts due to how destructive they can be at performance. This idea of how to stop the negative or mal-productive thoughts can be helpful in learning how to empower ourselves over our mental and emotional condition. We eliminate blaming and complaining and take ownership over our thinking.
We all have an inward dialogue of messages to coach ourselves, justify action, and make decisions. We pick up habits from others on how to respond to situations, some of them not so good. In thought replacement we can identify those thoughts which are not so good and correct them with biblical passages/messages provided we truly believe it is a more beneficial thought. If we use the replacement activity believing it will fail, then it will fail. Our belief already dictates the outcome. There needs to be hope and willingness for it to work.
If we are serving God, we are actively seeking correction, progressively, not perfectly. It takes time, attention, effort, and practice to improve our abilities including love, patience, perseverance, and thought replacement. Our faith will increase as we recognize through experience the benefits of God's grace. We can succeed if we can stay the course God's path.
We ought to learn more how to identify negative thought patterns and to develop new thoughts to replace the old ones. Here are some biblical verses to use for messages toward ourselves as we practice seeking Godly action. What we practice we perfect, let's practice Godliness.
Phil 4:13: I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Prov 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Gal 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Acts 18:9: One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent.
Rom 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Phil 4:7: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:8: Finally, brothers, 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.
Rom 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Pet 3:15: But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Matt 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Heb 12:2: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Pet 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Cor 10:13: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
Matt 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Heb 11:1: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2 Cor 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Heb 13:5: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Matt 11:29: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
2 Tim 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
Heb 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
John 5:24: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
James 1:2: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
Col 3:12: Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Heb 12:1: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Phil 4:19: And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
James 1:12: Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Matt 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.