015: 7 Phrases That Screw Us Up & 7 That Make Us Better

The way we phrase things can sink us lower into ourselves, or it can lift us out it. I love this “Pin It” thing. Did you know you can google inspirational quotes and little word pictures will cover you in great thoughts. I could sit and think and read them all day long. Then something occurred to me, when someone quoted me the first cliché’ on the list below and I stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t believe it. I suddenly realized it was “Not-Not” thinking.

 What is “Not-Not” thinking?

Let me explain. People who read self-help books rarely help you get out of the problem they are in. Why? Well, think about it. If you pick up a book on alcoholism or depression what are you thinking about the whole time you’re reading it? Alcoholism and depression. The human brain, as advanced as it is, only hears the last half or last three words of any statement. Think of a two-year old, and think of telling him/her, “Don’t touch the TV.” guess what they hear. “Touch the TV?”, they go over and touch it. That’s what “Not-Not” thinking is. In the massive thrust of media noise most people hear in a day, what is the take away?

Look at some of these phrases.

  1. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Why not say instead, “Take a shot!” But no, now I’m thinking, I’m gonna miss if I take the shot!
  2. “You only lose if you quit trying.” or instead in the positive, “KEEP TRYING that’s how to win!”
  3. “Never give up.” This one is so tricky. What are the last two words I come away with? “Give up”.
  4. “When thing look the worst, just don’t you quit.” What does this make you inadvertently think about? Things are bad I should quit. Do you see what I mean now? The take away is negative. Even if the literal meaning is positive and encouraging, what gives off is the attitude and the heart of the statement. What we say has huge effects on how we deal with things. Are you positively negative, or positively positive?
  5. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” What’s the take-away? Things are tough, I don’t think I’ll last b’cuz I’m not tough enough.
  6. Here’s another one: “You can’t start the next chapter, if you keep reading the last one.” The last chapter was bad, I keep reading it, I can’t go on.
  7. “There is no life so messed up that God cannot restore it.” What? My life is so messed up, God can’t restore it? The thought never occurred to me before now, wow!

Do you see how tricky this is?

These kind of quotes and sayings are from all over the world. If you can’t get God’s Word in them, they’ll get the world into you.

“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whither-soever the governor listeth.

Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!…

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” James 3:4-6, 10

Later, it reads…”Submit yourselves therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you…” James 4:7

Jesus used the Word when he was tempted in the wilderness. He said, “It is written.”

Light dispels darkness! What can we say that will dispel darkness?


What are some words we can say that will empower instead of bind?

  1. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13 Is there any doubt here? NONE! It declares strength. It declares motive! It declares positive empowerment.
  2. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19 This verse sits just beyond the last and look at the believing, the power, the encouragement. What is truth? God’s Word is truth. We must speak what we want.
  3. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:19. Where does this hit you? Right in the heart!
  4. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Ephesians 1:4
  5. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 What should our attitude be? One of gratitude. Why? It is the Will of God. If you ever wonder what you can do to bless God and be in the center of His Will, be thankful.
  6. “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29. What are we supposed to say? What are we supposed to talk about? The devil is a sneaky subtle prick! He will use our own good intentions against us so that we say to ourselves negative, corrupt and putrid things, thinking we are helping the situation.
  7. And finally the pinnacle reason why I wrote this blog today. “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. This statement requires our diligence from the songs we sing to marking the words we say.  You can do it! I know you can.

If there’s anyone who can do it, it’s you!

God bless you today!


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