If you are unfamiliar with Joyce Meyers a major portion of her testimony is being delivered from having a negative attitude, outlook and mindset. This deliverance is made possible with learning and studying God’s word and applying the word to her everyday life. No matter how big or small the situation there is a word from the Lord to address it. This book goes through 12 strategies to change the negative to a positive, and learn how to use God’s word to address your everyday battles with yourself and others.
Who is this book for?
From the book, Meyer’s quotes a British philosopher, James Allen, “All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts”. If you find your thoughts about yourself, and what your capable of accomplishing don’t line up with the word of God, this book will help you align your thoughts with His thoughts. Often it’s not the situation itself, but your attitude about the situation. The only thing you can control is your thoughts and your reactions.
Each of the 12 Strategies is accompanied by scripture and Joyce’s realities, specific real life situations where she implemented the strategies in her own life. In addition, there are “think about it” questions where you have the opportunity to write down and identify gaps in your own life where how you think and feel may not line up with God’s word. At the end of each strategy is a “power pack” with scriptures you can use for meditation.
It’s important to note this is not a one and done book. Reading through the strategies is just the beginning. Meditating and praying over these strategies will help you call them up when real life happens.
How has it helped me?
I don’t think of myself as a negative person, but when I take the time to analyze my thoughts, my mind easily veers off into negative directions. Most notably is when I think about future interactions with people, I imagine conversations not going well before I even have them. (I’m a big time day dreamer) I just automatically assume the worst. Last week, I was working on a project by myself, alone with my thoughts and I could feel those negative thoughts creeping in, I began thinking about the first power thought: I can do whatever I need to do in life through Christ. My mind went to Christ and I starting thinking about how good He is and how grateful I am for all He has done for me. My negative thoughts turned around (still daydreaming) but my words were positive and I was sharing my knowledge with confidence. This was just a couple minutes of my day but I was invigorated and it caused me to pursue something I’d been thinking about doing, but hadn’t because of my negative views.
It’s your turn
Have you read this book? Let me know what you think about it and if it’s made a difference in your Christian journey.