Remember the movie “Ghostbusters” back in the 80’s… starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis as three parapsycologists in New York City that start a business catching ghosts in haunted houses? (Can you picture them in their white exterminator suits? I bet that song is going through your head right now… Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!). Most of us, if not all of us, can have mind monsters that show up unannounced every now and then or want to take up residence in our minds. So, if you’ve got mind monsters, who ya gonna call?Instead of Ghostbusters - we can call onthe exterminator of the negative invaders of the mind! Faith is The Exterminator of mind monsters.
FAITH may be a word you’ve heard thousands of times. You may have said the word FAITH thousands of times. But hearing it and saying it is not the same as putting it to work in your life! A huge benefit of FAITH in your heart and mind is that it won’t share space with the negative invaders of the mind.
- When FAITH increases, doubt decreases
- When FAITH walks in the room, worry walks out
- When FAITH stands up; sadness, despair, and fearful imaginations sit down
You will never know what FAITH can do in your life until you call on it… until you fill your heart and mind with it. Let’s look at the F.A.I.T.H. acronym that will help you grow in your faith:
Focuson the positive.
Faith doesn’t make problems go away, it just keeps them in perspective. Faith is not about ignoring the flat tire or the low balance in the checkbook… faith is about not obsessing over the problems or giving too much time to the negative side of life. You can’t complain about what’s wrong and expect your faith to grow! You’ve got to choose to focus on the positive!
There’s a conversation going on in your head called “self-talk” or “internal dialogue.” What you say to yourself will affect your life more than what others say to you. The Bible encourages us to affirm ourselves.
“Let the weak say I am strong.” Joel 3:10
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Imagine God doing something good in your situation.
Faith is seeing (imagining) something that is not as though it were. In Jesus’ teachings on prayer, he said this: “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
Believing you receive is a reference to you imagining yourself receiving the answer to your prayer:
- Imagine your problem solved
- Imagine yourself well, healthy and strong again
- Imagine your prodigal son or daughter coming to Christ
- Imagine doors opening up for you.
Trust God in everything
It doesn’t take much faith to trust God when things are good, but your faith is exercised by trusting God in everything. Think of God as always being with you. He’s present even when you don’t see Him!
Hope for the best!
In the Old and New Testament the implied meaning of the word “hope” is the expectation of good. Hope is more than wishful thinking, it’s the expectation of good.
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
If your disappointments in life have resulted in mind monsters of low expectation to set up residence in your life, I want to encourage you to stand up to that voice that throws water on every spark of hope that comes into your mind! Stand up to that voice that tells you not to get your hopes up or it’s gonna turn out bad for you. Stand up to it… call on the Mind Monster Exterminator!