Negativity is a disease. If you’re not careful it swallows you bit by bit. At first you won’t pay much attention to the eye rolling that you’re doing. The exasperated sighs when someone does something to annoy or frustrate you. But then those little thoughts creep in until they consume you and tear you apart. Your thinking transitions from positive and uplifting to negative thoughts that destroy your happiness. You’ll notice that bad moods and bad days happen more often. Stress will be at an all time high. No one can do anything right and everyone is driving you nuts. Pretty soon you’ll realize that every situation ends with you in a bad mood for one reason or another. You not only feel stressed but you FIND the negative in everything. It’s so easy to put negativity on autopilot! This is my experience with a negative spirit at least.
I have found myself in this place of drowning negativity many times before. We all go through seasons of fear, stress, heartache, negativity, etc. It’s normal. We are human, we will fail. The trick is to recognize, repent and return to Christ. The trick is NOT to stay in that place. To stay in these seasons is blatant disobedience to Christ. We are called to love others (Luke 6:35) and to lift others up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). To speak life into those around us (Ephesians 4:29). How can we do this if we are Queen Grumpy Pants all the time?
When you think of negative people (because we all know at least ONE chronically negative person) what do you see? I usually see an unhappy person. This is because negativity is the outward representation of much bigger root issues. Fear. Lack of trust. Lack of faith.
All of these fall under one thing. Lack of security in the One who fulfills us. We forget who we are in Him. In my experience, I have found that everything always comes down to this one basic root issue. It never fails, it happens again and again. I forget who I am in Christ.
The medical definition for amnesia is “a partial or total loss of memory”. It’s usually caused by some kind of trauma like a car accident but can also be caused temporarily by drugs or alcohol. Forgetting who we are in Him or “Spiritual Amnesia” is what happens when we allow our “drugs” to become more important than Christ. Friends, money, cars, social media, spouse, kids, work. All these things can become the drug that is causing your spiritual amnesia.
So what is your drug? What is it that causes you to forget your identity in Him? How do you expect to remember who you are in Him when you focus so much time on these things, these idols, theses “drugs” and you’re not spending time with Him. How can you feel secure in Him when you don’t know Him anymore?
When we forget who we are in Christ we forget our mission. Our purpose. The very reason we’re here. When we forget who we are in Christ we start focusing on what WE want. We start seeing life from a miserable perspective. We not only forget who we are as believers but we forget how to live out that belief in daily life. KNOWING who you are in Christ let’s everything else fall into place. Knowing who you are in Him allows you the confidence in Him to be used by Him. Knowing who you are in Christ makes all the difference!
Spend time with Him daily. Let Him remind you of who you are in Christ.
You are alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
You are holy in Christ (1 Peter 1:16)
You are an heir to His kingdom (Romans 8:17)
You are a NEW creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)
You are chosen (1 Peter 2:9)
You are wonderful (Psalm 139:14)
YOU. ARE. LOVED.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:35-39
So, when you feel that negative spirit take hold of your heart drown yourself in the presence of the One who gives you worth. Take some time today to just BE with Him. Let yourself feel His love. Let Him wrap you up and squeeze the negative right out of you. Remind yourself who He is and in turn He will remind you of who you are in Him.