Mental Health – Learn How to Encourage Ourselves in the Lord
James 3:10, NKJV
Control our conversations and we will control our situation.
Our conversations with ourselves could be called Mood Managers or Mood Monsters. Out of the same internal conversations we produce both blessings and curses. King David felt forgot and that God had turned His back on him. (Psalm 13:1-6, NCV)
Just because you are having a self-talk does not mean you are having the right talk. Depression will make us feel alone and nobody can help us; we feel even the Lord has abandoned us.
Way too many of us are waiting on God’s confirmation, when we can have peace by God’s promises and presence now! We need to learn to turn our crying into praying God’s promises back to Him.
Optimist tend to not get depressed as pessimist:
Pessimist tend to have lots of negative automatic thoughts.
Filtering: Is where the individual filters out all the positives and sees only the negative.
Catastrophizing: Is where the individual extrapolates all or most situations to the worst scenario, which leads to not doing something we need to do to avoid the risk of failure or humiliation.
Help: Is to think positively, we have to monitor our self-talk and begin to alter the negativity.
Examples of healthy Self-Talk
Woman who suffered with issue of blood for 12 years: Her self-talk changed her life forever. (Matthew 9:20-22, TEV) Our situations can change but we have to be the one change it. David encouraged himself in the Lord by having internal conversation replacing the worry, stress, darkness, with the lights of God’s Word and Promises. (1 Samuel 30:6, KJV)
How can we better encourage ourselves in the Lord?
We must become aware of internal dialogue or internal conversations. We have to become aware of what mood we are in and why. Our conversations greatly determine the situation.
Action steps: Never Again List
I agree: Never again will I confess fear. (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)
I agree: Never again will I confess that “I can’t”. (Philippians 4:13, NKJV)
I agree: That all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28, NKJV)