Backward Thinking – Have you ever realized you can think nonstop for hours on one negative backward thought? A depressed person can for weeks think negative backward thoughts nonstop. They lie in bed refusing to eat or bathe. They do not want to be like this but one negative backward thought slipped in and pushed backward everything good coming to them in life.

By Pastor Delbert Young

Stopping Backward Thinking


Stopping Backward Thinking

Scriptures: Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 23:7, Mark 7:21-23, Mark 11:23-25, Job 3:25-26, 2 Corinthians 10:5 

Philippians 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.

Why does the Bible instruct us to THINK ON GOOD THINGS? Why should I not allow my mind to run wild and think just anything? We talked about how THINKING CREATES REALITY. Let’s look at some reality in the news recently where people allowed their minds to “run wild.” Perhaps this will help us see why we should control our thinking. Anna Nicole Smith’s sad, sad, death has recently been all over the news: the circus life, circus death, and finally the circus funeral, all of which were the result of thinking “gone wild.” Success? Well, if you call gaining your fame as a playboy bunny playmate, being 26 years old and marrying an 89 year old man who then dies, allowing your son to do drugs on which he overdosed and died, having a child of which any of at least 5 men could be the father and dying a drug related death herself at age 39, if you call that success then she was the most successful person who ever lived. How about Britney Spears, the girl that so many of your daughters idolize? She is the best selling pop artist from 2000 – 2005. Let’s see, the 25 year old has had two marriages, two divorces, and two pregnancies. She seems to enjoy exposing herself in public and has been in and out of drug rehab more times than I care to research. How did she get to this place in her life? How did Anna Nicole Smith get there? Everyone gets to wherever they are and becomes whoever they are by their thinking. That is why the Bible instructs us to control our thinking and only think good things.

Proverbs 23:7  For as he THINKETH in his heart, so is he:

Mark 7:21-23  For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil THOUGHTS, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and MAKE A MAN ‘unclean.

Your life is NOT a process of discovering who you are. Your life IS a process of CREATING who you are. God created you in his image. You create the rest and you know that is truth. What you think about, you bring about. Most people believe the way they think is because of how they have lived – childhood, parenting, education, etc. That is not truth. Your life is a product of how you think. That is truth.

I have run a quote on the video roll before the service for the past two weeks. In case you didn’t see it, let me show it to you. In her book, “Choose the Happiness Habit,” Pam Golden tells a true story about twin brothers. One grew up to be an alcoholic bum. The other became an extremely successful businessman. When the alcoholic was asked why he became a drunk, he replied, “My father was a drunk.” When the successful businessman was asked why he became successful, he said, “My father was a drunk.” It was the same background and same gene pool. They had the same upbringing. What was different? The difference was the creation of each brother’s thinking. One brother’s thinking created a bum. The other created a successful life. It is exactly as Jesus said. From the heart come thoughts that make/create a man (or woman).

This is tremendous knowledge, understanding, and wisdom if used. You not only see why your life is the way and where it is, but you can also drive your life to the destination you want and draw to your life what you want by your thoughts. What you get IN LIFE you create by how you think IN LIFE. What you have and experience in your tomorrows, you are thinking and creating in your “todays.” Do not seek/think about who you are. Seek/think about who you want to be. There is only one way to know who you truly are and that is by the life you create.

If you desire a specific thing – education, house, car, mate, wealth, health, whatever – you must begin drawing it to your life and at the same time driving your life toward it with your thoughts.

Allow me to show you how this works. Let’s say that I want a new black $55,400 Cadillac Escalade SUV. We talked last time about how Jesus said to use our thoughts for creative thinking. Jesus told us that WHOSOEVER SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER if he or she would desire and believe you receive it (Mar 11:23-24). Let’s say I desired this vehicle, so I test drove the vehicle. I smelled its interior, listened to the stereo, felt the air in my face, used the GPS navigational system, and the car talked to me. I know how I look in it. I have it on my “focus board.” Every day I spend some time thinking (meditating/praying) about my black Cadillac Escalade. (I have a remote control black Cadillac Escalade.) The control is my mind producing thoughts. When I focus my thoughts toward the Cadillac, the Cadillac begins to move toward me. I cannot and you cannot see my thoughts. Nonetheless, the Cadillac is moving toward me. When I am not thinking about the Cadillac, it stops. When I am thinking/moving in negative thoughts, moving in doubt – not good thoughts, or moving in un-forgiveness – reverse thoughts – the Cadillac moves backward.

Mark 11:23-25  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and SHALL NOT DOUBT in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, WHAT THINGS SOEVER ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, FORGIVE, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

Backward thinking of doubt and backward thoughts of anger, gossip, not forgiving, sin, etc. can stop or push away what you want to create. Of course, I am using the black Cadillac Escalade to make my point, as carnal as it may sound. So, let’s apply this same principle to someone who has cancer and needs a HEALING. That person must desireand imagine – make believe – he or she is well. You imagine good thoughts of doing something you cannot now do. You spend time every day praying/meditating/speaking about your health, not your sickness. You see yourself well. You have your focus board with a picture of you healthy. You have your replacement thought ready every time your mind attempts to tell you that you have cancer. You say, “I am healthy and I have no sickness in my body.” You will not allow yourself to DOUBT. You will not allow yourself to be bitter or UN-FORGIVING toward anyone. You will not allow yourself to have backward thoughts.

Where do you want your life to go? Do you want your spouse to change? Where do you want to go financially? Where do you desire to go occupationally? In what driveway do you want your house? Where do you want to drive your life?

Paul said think on these things – forward thoughts. Is it possible to think only forward thoughts with life going on all around? Here is a quote from last week.

“…I have people find out how their mind actually works, how many thoughts they run per day and the average person runs about 15,000 thoughts per day in which at least half of those are negative. And we know that our thoughts turn into our emotions and our emotions turn into physiology.”

I gave several quotes from experts who say our minds produce from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts a day, at least half of those thoughts are negative, and 95% of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had yesterday and we will think those same negative thoughts again tomorrow. Do we realize this figures to a minimum of 42,000 negative “backward” thoughts a week and 2,184,000 backward thoughts a year?!!!!! It is no wonder lives, families, marriages, children, finances, health, and anything else we can “think” of are in disarray. Stop a moment and think about that. You, if average, suffer from a minimum of over 2 million backward thoughts a year.

How can you control your thinking and have constant forward power thoughts (Phi 4:8) when you are blasted with 2 million backward negative thoughts yearly? Is it even possible? Wouldn’t it be great if you had an alarm to go off when you had a bad backward thought? Perhaps it could sound like this – “WARNING! WARNING! BACKWARD THOUGHT! BACKWARD THOUGHT! MY DESIRE IS MOVING AWAY! MY DESIRE IS MOVING AWAY! REPLACEMENT THOUGHT REQUIRED NOW! REPLACEMENT THOUGHT REQUIRED NOW!” However, that does not happen, does it?

Have you ever realized that you can literally think nonstop for hours and days on one negative backward thought? A depressed person, sometimes for weeks, can think negative backward thoughts nonstop. They lie in bed refusing to eat or bathe. They do not want to be like this but one negative backward thought slipped in and pushed backward everything good coming to them in life. They have pushed away people that love them. They have pushed away their health and cleanliness. They have pushed away money by not going to work. They allow backward thinking to push away good things they desire in life. I read that it is easier to break a physical habit like smoking or even drugs than break a mental habit such as anger, bitterness, gossip, etc. The smoker or drug addict, if he or she wants, can physically lay their habit down and walk away, but no one can take out a backward thought, lay it down, and walk away. With no warning, it slips in and in an instant embeds into your attitudes and feelings. In an instant, it can control you.

I said earlier that it would be great to have an alarm system that would go off warning us of negative backward thoughts. I have good news. There IS an alarm system built into you and even with 40,000 thoughts a day, you can have power forward thoughts 99% of the time.

If you will pay attention, you will see that thoughts give themselves away. Thoughts reveal themselves – good or bad – through your feelings and emotions. Thoughts create good and bad feelings or good and bad emotions. We saw that one thought can create weeks of the feelings and emotions of depression. YOUR BUILT IN ALARM SYSTEM IS YOUR FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS. You can know if you are sending out forward thoughts or backward thoughts by your feelings. Good feelings bring excitement, energy, joy, love, peace, gratitude, health, etc. Good feelings always empower you. Good feelings/thoughts cause you to want to do something – be productive, have fun, accomplish goals, etc. Good feelings cause powerful forward creative thinking, which take us to and bring to us good things. The opposite is true with bad thoughts, which produce bad feelings/emotions. Bad feelings cause depression, rob your energy, bring guilt, anger, bitterness, ungratefulness, sickness, etc. Bad feelings literally de-power you and remove production. Bad feelings/thoughts remove your creative power thinking and your world becomes dark, negative, and backward as you think backward thoughts. When you think bad thoughts, bad things come to you. Never forget that. Why did Job experience all his bad stuff? Here is one reason.

Job 3:25-26  What I feared has COME UPON ME; what I dreaded has HAPPENED TO ME. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

Job’s emotions and feelings were those of fear and dread. Fearful and dreadful thoughts only produce and draw to you fearful and dreadful results. Was Job depressed? Oh yes! Sick? Oh yes! He pushed everything and everyone away from him. He pushed his wife away. He pushed his friends away. However, when he got his thinking moving forward, his life changed and moved forward.

The Lord God has given you an alarm system – your feelings/emotions. You can actually stop and ask yourself how you are feeling. Ask, “Do I feel peace or anger, resentful or grateful, love or hate, etc?” When the answer is the wrong answer, fix it immediately by bringing the thought causing the feeling into captivity.

2 Corinthians 10:5  …we TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT to make it obedient to Christ.

(Message Bible) 2 Corinthians 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, FITTING EVERY LOOSE THOUGHT AND EMOTION AND IMPULSE into the structure of life shaped by Christ.

Immediately capture that feeling/emotion, which will capture that thought. Smash it, and replace that thought producing the bad feeling with a prepared replacement thought. It is impossible to have bad feelings and emotions and, at the same time, have good thoughts. Let’s use anger as an example. We can all relate to experiencing anger. People do not want to be around an angry yelling person. Your thought of anger pushes good people and good things away, so it is a backward thought. Anger stops productivity and often becomes destructive. Thoughts of anger produce/draw more anger and bad things. You cause people around you to become angry. When you yell at someone, his or her immediate response is to yell back in anger. The thought of anger slipped in. Instantly you are in rage controlled by anger. Many times, it is too late to capture the thought. Moments afterward you begin to calm down and feel remorse. You know you lost it and you know it has pushed away good things for your life. Your “built in” alarm system goes off – “WARNING! WARNING! BACKWARD THOUGHT! BACKWARD THOUGHT! MY DESIRE IS MOVING AWAY! MY DESIRE IS MOVING AWAY! REPLACEMENT THOUGHT REQUIRED NOW! REPLACEMENT THOUGHT REQUIRED NOW!” What do you do? Get out of that anger thought as fast as you can. You forgive, apologize/repent, and ask for forgiveness. Grab your replacement thought and take back your forward power thinking. Paul said, think on these things! That is why he said it.

When you find yourself having bad feelings, have a replacement thought ready that makes you smile and immediately gives you back your power forward thinking. I do not care how upset I am, how depressed, how angry, etc, all I need to do is think about any one of my grandchildren. I immediately have four reasons to smile, calm, and refocus. Amazingly, one thought can instantly make you smile just as one thought can instantly take you to rage. Have your replacement thought ready to stop your backward thinking.

Are you a backward thinker or a forward thinker? Every negative thought pushes away your desires and dreams and every positive thought creates and draws toward you your desires and dreams. Which will you do? We will see, won’t we?

Other Related Sermons:

Famine In The Land – sermon video audio notes

Fix Your Power Thoughts – sermon video audio notes

Teach Me The Power of A Moment – sermon series videos audios notes

Also see:

Sermons Change The World

Life Gate Church sermons by Delbert Young

Dr. Dennis Gersten,

Dr. Dennis Gersten,

Power of Your Thoughts/Mind,