7 Truths to Tell Yourself

Imagine that your mind is a garden. Seeds can float in on the wind or be dropped by birds or be scattered in your garden by any number of things. But you as the gardener are responsible for what grows there. You have the power to water the good seeds and cultivate the good seeds, and pull out any weeds that come from seeds you don’t want.

How do you cultivate, weed, and water the garden of your mind? Romans 12:2 says:

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Whatever you give shelter and sustenance to in your mind is ultimately what will grow in your garden. You’re going to reap what you sow.

The way you renew your mind is to wrap your thoughts around Scripture. You can take control of what you think about. You deliberately plant the good seeds/thoughts of God in your mind. As these thoughts take root and grow, they will help remove the destructive weeds that the Enemy tries to plant in your mind.

My encouragement to you is to start small. The process of realigning your thinking with God’s thinking will take time. So take one step at a time. Take one thought each day. Dwell on that thought and memorize the Scripture. By the end of the week, you’ll be well on your way to cultivating the garden of your mind. Or maybe you just want to take one thought and verse each week for seven weeks. Either way, plant and begin to cultivate these seven thoughts in your mind now. Personalize these statements for yourself, and memorize the verses.

1. I am in God’s story. [Isaiah 40:31 & Jeremiah 29:11]

The story of who you are is part of God’s larger story. The story is bigger than you. Ultimately, the story is not about you. You have been invited into the story of God’s great glory and grace. It’s all about Him. But you have a seat at His table.

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2. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. [Psalm 139:13-14]

You are not the maker. You are made. God is not created in your image, how you might think He should be. You are created in His. He decided that he wanted you in His universe. He imagined and fashioned you. You are not accidental. Nor incidental. You are divinely crafted.

Plant this seed every day. In time, you’ll have an oak providing shade for you and those around you. You’ll begin to believe that you are who God says you are. Unique. Special. Valuable.

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3. My life has purpose. [Ephesians 2:10]

You were born for a noble reason. God has good things for you to do. He has called you to live for what matters.

Radom things are random. Evolved things are void of specific meaning. But created things have purpose. There is just one you. You have a unique calling, a reason for being. Something to do in God’s great story that is important and needed.

Don’t buy into the lie that you are expendable. You’re not. God put you on earth for a purpose. Your life matters, to Him and to those He is positioning you to serve.

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4. The cross has the final word. [2 Corinthians 5:17]

The work Jesus did on the cross defines your life. It gives you victory over death. You are identified with Christ. You are a brand-new creation. You are not unwanted, unlovely, or worthless. You are wanted by God, made in the image of God, and worthy of Christ’s love because He has chosen to place worth upon you. Your identity was born in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.

Don’t let anyone try to convince you of anything that wasn’t demonstrated to you when Christ gave His life for you. You are forgiven. Made right. You are holy in Christ. You are born into a new family. Woven into divine plans and purposes. Your guilt is gone. You are free.

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5. I serve at the pleasure of the King. [1 Peter 2:9]

The work of Jesus transforms your work. You don’t merely work at a job. You serve Jesus Christ, the King of kings.

In light of this truth, here is a new personal vision statement, one you can remind yourself of each day: I am dispatched by the Holy Spirit, on kingdom assignments, to be light in a darkened world, so others can see Jesus. 

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6. Jesus is Lord, and Jesus is my Lord. [Philippians 2:9-11]

Your God is stronger than anything, higher than anything, and worthy of all praise. Your God is the Great King. His kingdom is forever; His plans are unassailable and sure.

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7. My God turns evil into good. [Romans 8:28]

Life doesn’t always work out as you hope. You’re living on a broken planet. But no circumstance can hinder the seeds we’ve just discussed from being cultivated in your mind. No hardship or disappointment or disease or divorce or darkness or desert can stunt the growth of godly thoughts becoming might trees in your way of thinking.

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Start there. God has spoken these truths in His Word. Now it’s up to you to plant these truths in your mind and keep tilling them and nurturing them until the Word takes root and grows and produces a crop.

Let the pictures we’ve drawn illuminate truth for you: the garden is your mind, where you’re growing a transformed person by planting God’s Word. That person is sitting at the table, the place of fellowship with the Good Shepherd, where you don’t want to give the Devil a seat; you want to enjoy the meal with your Lord. The mountain represents the grandeur of the Lord Himself, and your privilege is to ascend higher and higher in getting to know Him. All these pictures are about the deep and deepening relationship with the God of the universe that you are invited into. Don’t be scared. Jesus the Good Shepherd guides you every step of the way.

Want to go deeper on these 7 truths? Order a copy of Louie Giglio’s newest book, Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table, today!

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