Wisdom in Self-Talk

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Reading: Proverbs 1

Proverbs 1:5

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.

 “When you are around a critical person, the kind who finds fault with everything, you can set limits on your exposure to this person’s constant criticism. You can change subjects, rooms, houses, or continents. You can leave. But what if this critical person is in your own head? What if you are the person with the problem? What if you have met the enemy, and the enemy is you?”

-excerpt from “Boundaries” by Dr.Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend

Sometimes listening to our own counsel is an unwise decision. The enemy within often says things that our friends would never think or say: “You can’t do it. You are ugly. You aren’t smart enough or good enough”. We must constantly fill our minds with wise counsel so that we will give wise counsel to ourselves.

Philippians 4:8 tells us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. This includes how we talk to ourselves.

Reflection:

If you struggle with negative self-talk, please insert your name in the blank, and meditate on these statements that are based on scripture.

_______________________ can do all things through God who gives him/her strength. (Phil. 4:13)

_______________________was created in the image of God. (Gen.1:27)

God knows the plans for __________________________, they are plans of peace not evil. God gives _____________________a future, and hope. (Jer.29:11)

Prayer: Lord, help me to give myself wise counsel based on the wisdom of the scripture that you have given me.

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