Strategies and Scriptures to Combat Negative Thinking: With Free E-book

With nearly every conversation we ask, “How are you?” I answer, “Fine. I am doing well.”

And I am.

And yet at the same time, beneath the fine, I hold a silent conversation with myself. Negative thoughts invade the peace of my  days, breaking in just when I think I’ve put them to rest.

Negative thoughts take on a life of their own if I permit the old accusations to have their say. Lately, it seems to be a constant battle of self-criticism. Kindness to others comes easier than kindness to myself. Do you say things to yourself you would never say to someone else?

On a quiet morning I pray about this soul striving in my thoughts. God draws my attention to these words in Psalm 104:33-34. As I write them in my journal the Holy Spirit speaks to my soul. Maybe you need these insights today as well.

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live

  • Praising God is a life style.
  • It’s a choice for every day.
  • Praising God makes our heart sing (rather than strive within us).

I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

  • How to do life well.
  • A worshipful mind becomes part of who we are and how we live.

Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;

  • Meditation refers to our thoughts.
  • This is a prayer, a goal, and an intention: to have thoughts that are pleasing to God.
  • There is a partnership between our intention/action and God’s provision.
  • What kind of thoughts please God?

As for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.

  • This is a commitment and a decision we make.
  • I shall is a choosing and a believing.
  • This is an act of trusting God as we choose to be glad.
  • When gladness is my state of being, I will not be held captive by negative self-talk.

Toxic thoughts are corrosive to our spiritual, emotional, or relational well being. Yes, this is the challenge we’ve been focusing on lately. For me, negative thinking is a consistent battle.

Learning to identify the kinds of toxic thinking is the first step to overcome the mental trap of negative thinking. Pay attention to your thoughts, and don’t give negative thoughts free reign. Well, try not to. It’s a challenge, for sure.

When we develop the mental and spiritual strategies to overcome negative thinking, we shed ourselves of dead-weight words that drag us down.

When it is quiet, and its just you and your thoughts, what is your heart saying?

Strategies to stop negative thinking.

Friends, negative thinking is not going to go away on its own. Those toxic thoughts will not straighten up and decide to play nice. Let unattended, our thoughts will run rampant with complaints, fears, criticisms, envy, bitterness… Take your pick–there’s plenty to choose from.

Cleaning our mental closets doesn’t come easy. Try these strategies to stop negative thinking. Just a warning: this is NOT a one-time thing.

Fight the battle as many times as it takes with these practical steps.

  1. Awareness is the first step to making better choices with our thoughts, words, and actions. Think about what you’re thinking about.
  2. When negative thoughts bombard your mind, choose to reject toxic thinking.
  3. Bring your thoughts under the control of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Pray like crazy. Ask God to help you think in ways that honor him, others, and  yourself.
  5. Memorize a few key verses to replace toxic thoughts with gratitude and truth.

Only when we let go of our toxic thinking will we have empty hands and ready hearts to receive God’s blessings. This is an intentional choice we make to obey God and honor others, as well as ourselves. Free from our toxic thinking, we can live lightly in the confidence we are loved, valued, and filled in Christ.

5 Scriptures to combat negative thinking.

Win the battle for your mind with these powerful verses. Speak, write, pray, or memorize God’s word to replace toxic thoughts.

Let God’s truth change the way you think.

Win the battle of negative thinking with God's word. Bring your thoughts under the control of Christ. Scriptures to overcome negative thinking.

1. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ… 2 Corinthians 10:5

Do you struggle with negative thinking? Overcome toxic thought habits with God's truth.

3. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

4. The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

Stop the bad habit of negative thinking. Scriptures to win the battle for your thoughts.

5. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Looking for more verses to add to your arsenal in the battle for your thoughts?

Get this practical, free e-book 50 Scriptures to Combat Negative Thinking when you subscribe. If you’re already a subscriber, head to our free gift page and download your copy. Use this little book of scriptures and images to encourage your heart and empower you to win the battle in your mind!

If this resonates with you, please check out my book, Holy in the Moment Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life, particularly the chapters on thoughts and emotions.

Make the most of every moment by learning practical ways to trust God in every circumstance. Overcome anxiety, perfectionism, insecurity, and other challenges by simple choices to rely on the live of Christ in the moment.

Don’t miss the related posts in this series:

20 Toxic Ways of Thinking That Will Poison Your Life

3 Reasons Why You Should Let Go of Negative Thinking

I enjoy linking with these lovely blogging communities: Faith-Filled Friday, Counting My Blessings, #TestimonyTuesday, #RaRaLinkUp,  Grace and Truth, Coffee For your Heart, and #TellHisStory.


  1. Great verses! So encouraging!

  2. Love this, Ginger! (and I LOVE that last font!!!!!!) All of those Scriptures are among my very favorite. I love “think about what your thinking about.”

    • Ginger Harrington

      Thanks so much, Diane. I am always encouraged when I read your posts. I’m happy you’ve found a blessing here today. Our thoughts are so powerful, more so than we realize. Have a terrific weekend;)

  3. Ginger- this was very helpful! I battle negative thoughts too.I will be checking out your mentioned Scriptures and getting them in my arsenal!
    Stopping from #faithfilledfriday

    • Ginger Harrington

      Welcome to my virtual hangout,Julie. Negative thought shows up in so many forms, but they all have the power to keep us stuck. It is a battle well worth fighting. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Amen, Ginger. Thank you for sharing.

    • Ginger Harrington

      Hey Friend–thank’s for the Amen! I think of you as someone who spurs me on when it comes to choosing to think positively.

  5. Powerful and mountain moving verses! One of the best lessons I have learned in compating negative thoughts is choosing not to allow them. It takes a lot of intention and constant awareness. You should share on Fresh Market Friday linkup, which is all about living an intentional life.

    • Ginger Harrington

      Intention and awareness are so key–I totally agree. Thanks for the recommendation on Fresh Market Friday–I’m not familiar with that one. Crystal, I’m glad you chimed in the conversation today. Have a great weekend!

  6. Dear Ginger … thanks for this much-needed reminder about our negative thoughts, grumbling words, whiny attitudes.

    Well said and gratefully accepted!

    • Ginger Harrington

      Welcome, Linda. The interesting thing about writing on this topic is I am writing to myself, spurring myself on to stand firm against negative thinking that comes so easily. I’m grateful you have found encouragement here today.

  7. Perfectly On time!!!! Thank you for your willingness to share Gods insight with us. Big hugs from KS

    • Ginger Harrington

      Happy Day, Friend. What a sweet joy to see your comment this morning. I love how God times things. May He bless you over and over through the encouragement of His word in your thoughts.

  8. Thanks Ginger! This is so timely. I’m definitely sharing this with others. Miss you, girl!

  9. I love how you remind us that we have a choice. These are things we can do. Sometimes I let my thoughts get away from me, but the Lord tells us to take every thought captive, and that’s what I want to do. Thanks for these strategies, Ginger!

    • Ginger Harrington

      For my my “want to” and my “am-doing-it” don’t always line up. You know the hard thing about a good intention is the follow through. It’s a little comforting to know I’m not alone in this challenge. Isn’t is wonderful when we can all help and encourage one another!

  10. Ginger,
    You are so right. The toxic thoughts aren’t going to play nice and we have to have a sound offense and defense strategy to deal with them. Psalm 19:14 is one of my favorites, in fact I have a bracelet engraved with the scripture. Putting on my full armor and stopping the thoughts in their tracks. Be blessed today sister. Happy to be visiting from #raralinkup

    • Ginger Harrington

      What great words to have on a bracelet as a visual reminder to keep your thoughts in line. Thanks so much for visiting today. May God bless the words of your heart as you share with others through blogging.

  11. I love this post. What a sweet reminder and a great resource to add to my tool-box. I struggle in this area of negativity despite my gratitude journey I have been on for several years now. God bless sweet sister!!!

  12. “Pray like crazy!” Love this post and will pass it on.

    • Ginger Harrington

      Thanks so much, Sue. I love it when friends pass along a post. I’m enjoying interacting with you via comments. Pray like crazy and keep your thoughts focused on what is good and true. Have a great week.

  13. Ginger,
    Yes…filling our minds and hearts with Scripture and praying are key. Thanks 🙂

    • Ginger Harrington

      You’re going to think I’m nutty, but I was thinking of you earlier today. God must have wanted us to reconnect. God’s word helps us to keep our thoughts focused on Him. Blessings today.

  14. Love the verses and “pray like crazy.” Signing up to get your ebook.

    • Ginger Harrington

      I hope you find it helpful! Thanks for signing up. I’ll be interested to know which verse helps you the most.

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