[Column] Keep Yourself Away from Negative Thinking

Keep Yourself Away from Negative Thinking

Written By Rev.Dr. Joshua Hong

Senior Pastor of Full Gospel Church of Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.


The purpose of Satan's activity is twofold: (1) To block off the glory of God by obstructing the salvation of man; and (2) To make a man unhappy and miserable. Satan attacks our self-image and mind by negative thinking. Today many people are tormented by their negative thinking. Since thinking tends to adapt more easily to the elements that feed it, we must allow our minds to be influenced by positive, creative, and productive environments. It is imperative to fight off negative elements such as a sense of inferiority, worries, jealousy, anger, and depression, for these elements are counteractive to the fourth-dimensional spiritual realm.

  • Comparison and Sense of Inferiority: When Peter asked the resurrected Jesus about the fate of his fellow apostle John, Jesus answered: "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me." (John 21:22). To rephrase bluntly the word of Jesus, it means “None of your business.” The reason Jesus said this is because He does not want you to compare yourself to others but to focus on your own calling. The reason people compare themselves to others and feel a sense of inferiority is because they do not focus on the calling of God for their life. Remember that you are unique and special before God so you do not have to feel a sense of inferiority.


  • Worries: Oswald Chambers said: "Worry is a kind of unconscious blasphemy." Worry is to doubt God's care and love. The opposite of faith is worry rather than unbelief. When you worry, that means that you do not put your trust in God. The only "No Sale" item in the Department Store of Satan is said to be the item of worry, though many other items might be on sale. Satan knows well that the most effective weapon to attack a man is to put worry in a man's heart. Remember that the Bible says: "Cast out your anxiety, and the Lord will care for you"(1 Peter5:7).
  • Jealousy: It is said that there are seven vices in church history: pride, anger, avarice (greed), gluttony, lust, laziness, and jealousy. It is also said that the worst vice is jealousy. There was a famous and honorable bishop long time ago. Satan tried to lead him into failure, but to no avail. Satan's seduction did not pay off. However, one day Satan whispered into the bishop’s ears: "your brother became an archbishop. As soon as he heard this, his face was distorted by jealousy. We have to overcome the feeling and sense of jealousy. Do not be jealous of others.


  • Anger: Anger creates and begets anger. Proverb 15:18 says, "A wrathful man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger allays contention." Anger stirs up destructive and "end-of-all-things" sentiments that block us from making the right decisions regarding various matters. When you do not forgive others, anger develops in your heart.


  • Depression: It is said that nearly 4 million people are patients of depression in Korea. Due to depression, there are many mentally deranged people. It is said that at least one million mentally deranged people need to be hospitalized. According to a research, depression can cause many heart diseases and can be related to the cause of cancer, diabetes, AIDS, epilepsy, osteoporosis, etc. Hyper-depression can also cause suicide. Do not fall into the Satan’s trap of leading you into depression.


In order to overcome negative thinking, you need to remember that God is with you. With this faith in God, be bold and take heart. Admit your weaknesses before God and ask Him to help you focus on His grace. Once you give in to the negative thinking of Satan, he will squeeze himself into your heart and try to hold you with negative thinking. Ask the blood of Jesus and the mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit to come upon your heart and mind to the fullness. Your thinking should be like God's instead of a man’s thinking. Try to keep yourself away from negative thinking. You can achieve victory by keeping your heart away from negative thinking.


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