There is always a higher level of truth than the facts. This is the difference between that which is true and that which is the truth.
A negative mindset can easily state the facts, establishing your inability.
“I can’t do it. I’m no good. It’s too big. We are not strong enough. We are not big enough. We are not powerful enough. We feel like grasshoppers in our own sight.”
What we are doing is confessing to something that we are not—rather than confessing to who we really are.
Jesus is now in you. You stopped being disorganized or perpetually angry or suicidal or whatever it is that you attribute to your old nature. Those things may have been true for you, but they are dead now.
The truth is that you have a new nature. Start confessing in line with that truth!
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, who empowers me, who enables me. There isn’t anything I can’t learn, and there isn’t anything I can’t do with the help of the Holy Spirit.
This plays out for ourselves and others. Speaking the truth in love is not stating someone’s shortcomings as nicely as possible because that is not the truth. That is only true. But the truth is, “This is who you are in Jesus…”
When we are speaking the truth in love, we are not putting someone down nicely—we are elevating someone brilliantly.
We are saying to people, “You don’t need to be doing that because this is who you are.” You speak the truth in love to empower them. You make them want to become that person.
“This is who you are; you are brilliant. This is who Jesus is for you. That is who Jesus is for you. You can do this because He is with you. This is why you are going to have an amazing, astonishing life. This is why God is going to lift you out of the ordinary into the extraordinary because no one can be ordinary in Jesus. It is not allowed! He is in you. One of His names is wonderful, so what does that make you? It makes you at least potentially astonishing.”
The love of God and His affection for you is the starting place in every situation that we are in. Now, it is our privilege to take negative thoughts captive to better ones for others and even more so, for ourselves!
PS) For more on this transformational way of thinking, take a look at a few of these resources. I hope they help!