How we speak to ourselves, or self-talk, has a large impact on how we feel, what we say, and what we do.
Today, there are countless books, videos, and information about the human mind, attitude, and self-improvement. The medical field has saturated society with the idea that all of our problems can be solved with a pill. However, the human heart and mind are full of sin and no pill can remove that problem for anyone. While there is a place for medicine and counseling for some who suffer from extreme issues, big pharma profits far more than the millions of users who become dependent on and trapped in this cycle which never treats the real issues.
Our minds are very complex and originally were free of defects or sin. However, sin has changed the once clear, sinless mind of man to one that is corrupt to the core and cut off from the creator.
At salvation, we are baptized into the body of Christ and become one with Christ and with other believers. This is our position and has nothing to do with how we may feel or some emotional experience. God knows that we still have a flesh that is not holy or good that seeks to please self and not God. However, 1 Corinthians 6:20 reminds us that we were bought at a price and should glorify God in our body and spirit which belong to Him. The great news is that Christ now dwells in us in the person of the Holy Spirit, and has given us His word for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.
We are to be filled with and walk by the Spirit, not the flesh. But how can we be filled with the Spirit of God if we ignore God`s word and allow our fallen flesh to dictate what we think and dwell on each day? Not to mention all the advice and voices from a lost world.
If we want to think the right thoughts and as a result speak the right things to ourselves, then we need to “let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.” We are on a rollercoaster ride if we can only think and speak in the right way based on external influences and circumstances. Or worse yet, alcohol and drugs. While a corrupt government bureaucracy tries to politicize everything and force Americans to take a vaccine that cannot cure or prevent Covid-19, they willfully ignore the more than 100,000 deaths in 2021 due to drug overdose. That is just drug overdoses and does not include the total death that drugs and alcohol contribute to society each year. ( read more here – LINK)
Looking to a lost world for direction as believers is nothing less than looking to Satan. Why? Because it is Satan who is the prince of the power of the air and the whole world lies under his wicked and deceitful sway.
We must, as 2 Corinthians 10:5 instructs us, “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” because if not, we cannot expect to think correctly, speak correctly, or act correctly. Our attitudes are a result of our thoughts and using medicine to help our attitudes when our thoughts are wrong is useless.
By submitting to the word of God we allow His word to be the dominating thoughts that we have and the Holy Spirit can take this word and lead guide, comfort, and correct us in a way pleasing to God. This requires us to spend time in the word of God.
8 ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things. “