"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he."
Many years ago, I was an extremely negative person. My whole philosphy was this: "If you don't expect anything good to happen, then you won't be disappointed when it doesn't" So many devastating things had happened to me over the years that I was afraid to believe that anything good might happen. Since my thoughts were all negative, so was my mouth; therefore, so was my life.
Perhaps you're like me. You're avoiding hope to protect yourself against being hurt. This type of behavior sets up a negative lifestyle. Everything becomes negative because the thoughts are negative.
When I really began to study the scriptures and to trust Heavenly Father, one of the first things I realized was that the negativism had to go. And the longer I serve God, the more I realize the tremendous power in being positive in my thoughts and words.
Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts. A negative mind will result in a negative life. But if we renew our mind according to the mind and will of God, we will, as Romans 12:2 promises, prove in our experience the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
It is a vital necessity that we line up our thoughts with God's thoughts. This is a process that will take time and study.