Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Overcoming Negativity: Day 13: I Doubt It


Today's Challenge:  Don't doubt! Just get out!

Today is the day that we finally Leave the Land of Personal Negativity, where deep-seated emotions rise up in rebellion and demand recognition. A place where negative self-talk is the language of the land.

When we finally realize that this is not where we want to live, we need to take the steps to leave. Pack our bags Leave our baggage behind, and:
  1. Take responsibility for our behavior
  2. Recognize negative self-talk
  3. Stop the Pattern
  4. Get tough with ourselves
And finally, we need to just GET OUT! (Step 5)

But be warned...you will be tempted to return. You will doubt. 

In order to overcome your doubt, you must learn to talk to yourself. When you hear the negativity in your head---the "What ifs?", the voices of fear and apprehension, the "Shouldas" and the "Shouldn't Haves"---tell them to shut up! Tell them to go to hell, because that's exactly where they belong. 

Yesterday I told you to get tough. 

If you don't get tough, you won't get out. If you wimp out, you'll stay right where you are. 

Remember the Israelites when they set out for their Promised Land? At first, they didn't even want to go! They were oppressed, overworked and starved. They were treated like animals. They had an opportunity to be free, and they didn't want to go! They wanted to stay in the familiar. 

They were so familiar with discouragement and bondage that anything different was too foreign to even imagine. It was easier to stay where they were.

But they did go. And when things got tough for them out there in the wilderness, they wanted to return to Egypt! They wanted to return to oppression! Why?

Because it was familiar. This? Not so much.

Getting out of Egypt is scary. It requires faith. 

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing something is real even if we do not see it (Heb 11:1)

What is it that you hope for? Are you sure of what you hope for? Then you have faith. Is what you hope for real? You may not see it, but if you know it's real, then it's attainable. 

What is your Egypt? What are you stuck in that you want to be free from? Is it oppressive, yet familiar? Are you staying in it because you're afraid of what is to come if you were to leave? 

You don't know what is to come because it hasn't come yet! 

Worrying about something that hasn't yet come is counter-productive, and not the way God intends for us to live.


We've all heard that when you're angry, counting to ten helps diffuse the outburst that you may later regret. In this case, however, counting to ten will only give you second thoughts. 

Don't ruminate too much on getting out. If it's negative, it's time to get out. If it's keeping you stuck, it's time to get out. If it's bringing you down, it's time to get out. In other words: 

If something is negatively affecting you, it's time to get out. 

Don't wait for the bus, or the train, that might only run on the hour. Walk out. Run out. Get out any way you can. Just get out. Don't be like Lot's wife, who turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back. Looking back will keep you frozen in time. Look ahead. And don't be deterred. Keep going!

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14)

Blessings Along the Path as you get out!



    



Song of the Day:
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize (Sara Groves) 

Linking up today with Holly from Testimony Tuesday

2 comments:

  1. Leave your encouragement to just get out. Sometimes we do just need to walk away! Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

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  2. Holly, I hope you meant love, not leave. I'm hoping you weren't telling me to leave my encouragement! (smile). After I wrote it, I thought, Well, sometimes it's not that easy to just walk away. But I suppose that even in those times when we can't physically walk away, we can mentally and emotionally disengage.

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