I once talked with a woman who said she tried very hard to think only positive thoughts, but she was never able to keep it up for long. Even when she managed to appear optimistic, inwardly she was often in turmoil. Her self approach to positive thinking excluded GOD, so when things went wrong she didn’t have anything solid to hold on to… That may seem paradoxical--- faith in God being something substantial--- but it’s true…. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ( Hebrew 11:1 ) In the face of difficulty and disappointment, Faith is far more effective than mere mental exercise because it is backed by promises that God has made in His word--- promises that bring about tangible results when believed and applied to real life situations. These promises not only have the power to change problem situations, they also have the power to change us! The bible tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of mind” (Romans 12:2). It is through those “exceedingly great and precious promises” that we “may be partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1: 4) we can, by an act of our will, take our mind of negative thoughts. Unless we fill that void, however, the negative thoughts will rush back in… What should we replace those negative thoughts with? What is more positive or more powerful than the living word of the living God? When coupled with prayer, the uplifting, transforming word of God can give you victory over every ugly, negative thought and its consequences… As you make a consistent effort to replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts from God’s word, it will become a habit... You will learn to – as the bible puts it --“bring your thoughts into captivity” (2 Cor. 10:5) There is very difficult to accomplish in the tumult of the world. We don’t find the mind of God on the street of social life or in the hobby shop to connect with Him, find a place where there are no distractions… But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Mt. 6:6) When we come aside from the temporal things that distract and harass us and there in the presence of God... We put our mind on the things of God, transforming power of God then begins to work in us and we re changed…. Renewed…. There is no place where the mind can be as fully renewed as in the secret place of prayer… alone with GOD!