Hey friend! Today we’re counting down my top 10 bible verses for positive thinking.
At the end of this post you will find a link to the YouTube video with this list of great bible verses.
You will also find a link to a guided meditation video with these verses and affirmations.
Let’s get started!
(#10) Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; Trust also in me.
Jesus, after telling his disciples some potentially disturbing news about things to come, was reassuring his disciples that God is in control. Because of this news, the disciples may have been tempted to doubt that Jesus was who he said he was. When you hear news that may potentially shake you up, remember that, though your faith may waiver, God is faithful. Knowing that God is completely trustworthy, and subsequently being able to release your concerns, puts you in a place of ease and contentment. This allows you to be in a much more positive and constructive state of mind.
Affirmation: I am at peace. I trust in God and I trust in Jesus.
(#9) Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God!
The author had been reflecting on the good old days – how things used to be. Unfortunately, they had fallen on hard times, focused on those circumstances and wondered if God was even with them anymore. That’s something that can easily happen to all of us. What did they do? They remembered the goodness of God and assured themselves that, if they took on a positive mindset of hope and praise toward God, he would save them from their dilemma – giving them every reason to celebrate.
Affirmation: I have every reason to rejoice! I put my hope in God and praise my savior!
(#8) For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
This verse speaks to the transitory nature of challenges. As daunting as they may seem, they are only temporary, as water under a bridge. It’s true that we all go through some painful and difficult times. But, what’s so reassuring, is that God always provides comfort and healing. And that comfort is fast-acting. Of course, some challenges are more difficult than others, but some days the best thing to do is just go to bed early, get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed. It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for your mental health and your spirit.
Affirmation: My troubles are only temporary. Favor and rejoicing are mine forever.
(#7) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
(1 Peter 5:7)
Worry, fear, doubt, concern, cares, anxiety, depression, overwhelm…aigh! It’s all too much to handle on your own. Getting yourself into a positive and helpful state of mind involves releasing your troubles to the care of God. That takes a lot of trust. Often times this comes in the form of talking openly with another believer and praying together about your situation. Some people have even made rituals out of releasing their cares, for example: writing their concerns down on a piece of paper and then burning that piece of paper.
Affirmation: I give all my anxieties to God because he cares for me.
(#6) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
One reason Jesus followers often struggle with negative self-talk is because of the guilt they feel for behaviors that they regret, whether it’s doing something they know they shouldn’t or not doing something they think they should be doing. Many condemn themselves thinking that they’re not doing enough. Psalm 103 is just one of a myriad of scriptures that reassure us that God is not playing that game. He is not holding our sins against us or expecting us to meet a certain quota. There is no greater reason to celebrate and be of good cheer (have a positive mindset) than the fact that we are forgiven and loved by God.
Affirmation: I am overwhelmingly loved and completely forgiven.
(#5) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
This verse was written to the nation of Israel when they were exiles in Babylon. It was an assurance that, despite their difficult situation, God had a wonderful plan.
The assurance is not that we have a hope and a future, but that we have a mighty God in this present moment that sees us and validates us in our struggles. AND, he knows what’s on the other side: Evil doesn’t win the day. God has the last say. Your team may be down by 21 points at the half, but that doesn’t mean the game is over. This is very inspiring, because, If you know God is behind you and he is for you, what can stop you?
Affirmation: I am confident that God is with me through all my struggles.
(#4) Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
One thing that can derail a positive mindset is worrying about whether your needs will be met. It gets even more complicated when we confuse our needs with our wants. To maintain a positive mindset we just need to remember to keep first things first. Keep it simple and trust that there is a God working behind the scenes on your behalf.
Affirmation: There’s no need to worry. I put first things first, and everything else is taken care of.
(#3) Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
There may be a lot of things that you feel like you don’t have control over – the government, your family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. But you do have a choice of what you set your mind on. Positive thinking is a choice that you can make. Here, the apostle Paul gives us a hand by suggesting some positive things that we can set our minds on. This doesn’t have to be an exclusive list. There are many positive things to think about, but if you’re having trouble thinking of something, you can use this list as a starting point.
Affirmation: I have a lot of positive things that I can think about!
(#2) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
True peace of mind is difficult to achieve when there are so many distractions that are vying for our attention. It takes a tremendous amount of trust in God to believe that, if we fix our thoughts on him, he will take care of the distractions. The key here is to fix our thoughts on him. It’s not enough to just think about God on Sundays or during a morning devotional. To experience perfect peace we must keep our minds steadily focused on him throughout each day. That’s the challenge, and that’s where the promise of a peaceful and positive mindset lies.
Affirmation: I am capable of keeping my thoughts fixed on God.
(#1) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
There is no better way to get into a positive mindset than by giving God thanks and praise. When you recount the specific ways that God has blessed you and worked wonders in your life, your spirit will be transformed. Since God is an ever-present spirit, and his worshippers worship him in spirit and in truth, we don’t need to enter through literal gates or courts. Therefore, anytime is a good time to offer thanks and praise. God is always there to receive it.
Affirmation: I am grateful. I give thanks and openly express my praise.
Well, there you have my top 10 bible verses for positive thinking. What do you think? Is there a different verse that you would’ve included in the top 10? Let me know in the comments below. And, as promised, here are the videos…