Scripture is clear that “doubt” can actually hinder our ability to receive from the Lord those things that we have asked for and have need of (see James 1:5-8). We see through the life and ministry of Jesus that “unbelief” limited the power of God to heal and work miracles (see Mark 6:5-6). The “traditions of men” (doing something because it has always been done that way) when embraced and exalted over the leading of Holy Spirit can actually limit the power of God’s Word in our life (see Mark 7:13).
Negative thoughts are the seedbed in which fear sows the worst of seeds. We see in Paul’s letter to the Philippians how to deal with anxious thoughts, how to turn our worries into worship, how to fast the very fears that produce a negative thought posture and how to feed our faith:
1. Rejoice & Rejoice Again!
3. Give Thanks
4. Meditate on the “Good News”
Philippians 4:4, 6-8 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus… Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.