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My friend Pam Turner emailed me a Believe What He Says email last week. It was a list of thoughts we can be tempted to think, coupled with a promise God gives us to believe:

What We Think –> What God Promises (Scripture Reference)

  • “I can’t do it.” –> “You can do all things.” (Php 4:13)
  • “I can’t figure it out.” –> “I will direct your steps.” (Pro 3:5-6)
  • “I can’t forgive myself.” –> “I forgive you.” (Rom 8:1)
  • “I can’t go on.” –> “My grace is sufficient.” (2Cor 12:9)
  • “I can’t manage.” –> “I will supply all your needs.” (Php 4:19)
  • “I feel all alone.” –> “I will never leave you.” (Heb 13:5)
  • “I’m not smart enough.” –> “I will give you wisdom.” (1Cor 1:30)
  • “I’m afraid.” –> “I have not given you fear.” (2Tim 1:7)
  • “I’m not able.” –> “I am able.” (2Cor 9:8)
  • “I’m too tired.” –> “I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28-30)
  • “It’s impossible.” –> “All things are possible.” (Luke 18:27)
  • “It’s not worth it.” –> “It will be worth it.” (Rom 8:28)
  • “Nobody loves me.” –> “I love you.” (John 3:16)

I recommend praying through the list, believing God one promise at a time, like:

  • “God, I confess to you that I think [insert What We Think].”
  • “I place my faith in your promise that [insert What God Promises].”
  • “I thank You that You promise this in [insert Scripture Reference].”
  • (Repeat with the next line.)

As Jesus said in John 6:28-29, our main “work” is to believe what God has promised.