Many people struggle to change their lives because changing one’s thinking is difficult. Paul the apostle describes this as warfare in Second Corinthians 10:3-6 (or 3-5), saying that although we are in the flesh, our warfare is not according to the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are not man-made, but powerful in truth, coming from God and capable of pulling down strongholds. The fight is in the mind, and the strongest way to defeat negative thoughts is to meditate on God’s word day and night, aligning our thinking with God’s perspective.
Jesus’ example illustrates this principle. He didn’t think about problems, but rather solutions. He didn’t focus on difficulty, but on possibilities. For example, when he was told that the sick girl he was visiting was dead, he drove away the negative thought and said, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” When he arrived at the girl’s house, he found people wailing, but he said, “Why all the noise? The girl is not dead, she’s only sleeping.” By seeing the situation differently, he was able to talk differently.