Wilderness Study Part 2 - Changing A Negative Mindset To Positive

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Have you ever found yourself in a mood and the longer you stayed in that mindset the worse it got? Have you been in a tough situation and when you finally overcame, you realized that it actually wasn’t as bad as you made it seem, because God was there the whole time? Your mindset is everything! If you change a negative mindset to positive, you will discover that it makes things more bearable and you accomplish a lot more! 

Why Is Your Mindset Important?

Naturally so, how you perceive things in your mind will also effect you hormonally and your body will react. If you are constantly thinking negative and having a negative attitude, eventually you will get stressed and it will literally cause chaos in your physical body. Here’s what a doctor has to say about the effects of a negative attitude : 


Negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness can create chronic stress, which upsets the body’s hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and damages the immune system. Chronic stress can actually decrease our lifespan.
— Karen Lawson, M.D

I can relate to this, because one of my hormones are high. When I start getting stressed out my already high hormone starts rising. I immediately start feeling the side effects. I get sick quicker. I feel tired. My motivation completely drops. I get dizzy. I get headaches. I get a lot of crazy side effects that honestly push me to stay stressed out, but the longer I just stay in the stress the more stressed out I get. Staying in a negative mindset will never get you to a positive mindset. It will always leave you spiraling into negativity. I literally had to just close doors on things that were causing complete chaos, so I can take my mind back, take my joy back, and have peace.

 Your mindset will eventually determine how the rest of your body flows. If you can’t overcome your negative thoughts, you become your negative thoughts. It starts in the mind, but eventually it will enter your heart and that’s what you become.


For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
— Proverbs 23:7

Have you ever been in a room with people putting a smile on your face, but in your heart you were lonely, sad, stressed out about being there, or uncomfortable. That’s similar to this verse, because it’s saying how you can say or act one way, but inside your mind or your heart is feeling or saying something differently. Maybe you have a reason for feeling the way you do. Maybe instead of being there you should be guarding your heart. Maybe you still have some things to deal with. Whatever it is though you have to deal with it, so you don’t get wrapped up in a wilderness mentality. A wilderness mentality is when you are complaining, murmuring, fearful, feeling rejected, and all of these negative emotions instead of focusing on how God can help you, what He’s doing for you, and what He’s trying to accomplish. It’s being so wrapped up in your atmosphere that you feel stuck and find it difficult to even concentrate on the good.

Dangers Of Having A Wilderness Mentality

When we get so wrapped in our negative thoughts and feelings, we start changing our hearts. The Israelites in Exodus 20:18-20 became fearful of God at Mt. Sinai and they said they were going to listen to Moses, BUT by Exodus 32 while Moses is up on the mountain getting all the laws the Israelites end up making an idol, another God! How do you go from fearing God to committing idolatry?! Well I will tell you! They allowed negativity to creep in. Their negativity was fear. Moses was taking so long that they thought Moses was killed, so they took matters into their own hand and made another God. Crazy right!

We might not have made a golden calf, but we might’ve done some other things. Have you ever felt so negative about a situation that you chose to think about it and dwell on it instead of giving it to God? I have! When you read about the Exodus multiple times the Israelites get fearful that they made the wrong choice and now they’re stuck in the wilderness. Instead of giving their situation to God they start thinking about it, complaining about it, murmuring about it. Moses had his focus on the right place (God), but then he allowed people to irritate him that he ended up sinning and not being fearful of God! What thing is causing you to be irritated and lose your focus? 

How To Change A Negative Mindset To Positive

No matter what your situation is or where you are in life we all have to learn to change a negative mindset into a positive one.  You change your mindset by refocusing (Colossians 3:2). Step away from some of things causing you unnecessary stress and negativity (Proverbs‬ ‭4:23). Get spiritually fit (Ephesians 6:10-18). Get some things in order! In Exodus 18, Jethro (Moses’ Father In Law) instructs Moses to get some things in place, so that he’s able to deal with his load. This might look like having scripture cards for the things that you are dealing with, so you won’t stay trapped when your mind starts going. This might look like having a prayer partner. This might look like having a routine to bible journal, write, or cutting down your to do list when you feel depressed so you don’t just lay in bed and be consumed. Most Importantly pray! If you don’t know what to say find some scriptures to pray (you can google them)! 

Effects Of A Positive Mind


Positive emotions have a scientific purpose—to help the body recover from the ill effects of persistent negative emotions. Thus cultivating positivity over time can help us become more resilient in the face of crisis or stress.
— Karen Lawson, M.D

When you choose to look at a negative situation with a positive mindset you can get out of your wilderness. Positivity allows you to overcome. Spiritually so, this means dwelling on the good things! This means remembering that you are not hopeless, because Jesus is right there with you. It’s taking captive the negative thoughts and replacing them. If you feel defeated read things on having the victory and declare that you are victorious. Positivity might not come natural at first, but it has to be something that you actively choose so that it becomes a habit. 

I pray that this blog helps you overcome a negative mindset so that you can overcome and shift with what God wants to do in your life! Remember your mindset is everything! Let me know in the comments what stuck out to you!

 

Scriptures To Study: 

  • Colossians 3:2
  • ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
  • ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Resources: 

5 Ways To Better Yourself By Alyssa Braddix

10 Ways To Push Yourself By Alyssa Braddix

How Do Thoughts and Emotions Affect Health? By Karen Lawson, M.D

Scripture Cards For When There's Too Much On Your Plate

 

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