Get Rid of ANTs ( Automatic Negative Thoughts )

This page has been inspired by Dr. Robi’s (http://www.drrobi.com/) teaching, as recorded at the Hillsong Healing Seminar on 22nd September 2010
(DVD available at Hillsong Hills Campus, Sydney).

ANTs ( Automatic Negative Thoughts ) are very persistent pests and they have to be exterminated and removed from our self-talk (i.e. consciousness) without sparing the effort. These automatic thoughts of worry, self-criticism, powerlessness, perfectionism etc. invade our thinking and suggest themselves as the best answer to any situation we face in our daily lives (see some examples in the following PDF file). However, this is far from truth.

Also, even though you might think this is you talking to yourself (i.e. that’s why it’s called “self-talk”), these thoughts are nothing but an echo of the words you’ve heard (perhaps decades ago) from your parents, pears, teachers, persons of authority, loved ones and other people from your environment. You took them in and accepted them as truth (and something very applicable to yourself), but you are essentially repeating to yourself what these people thought and told you a long time ago—which is nothing to do with your true self.

A dose of healthy critique is good, as it helps us see what we are doing wrong (so that we could make corrective changes), however dwelling on the negative all of the time is not even slightly beneficial. Because you’ve repeated (in your mind) these negative thoughts so many times (since you’ve first heard them), they’ve become your habitual thought pattern (i.e. an automatic thinking loop). And you “enter” this loop every time you find yourself in a situation that is similar (or it looks like it might be similar!) to the original one, when you first received the judgement and you’ve accepted it as true.

In other words, it’s like doing a google search in your head and automatically opening the first link (that comes out of your memory) without too much analyzing if the descriptions under the second or third link (and so on) suggest answers that are better suited to the entered search keywords. So, by repeating the action of thinking/feeling (with acceptance) the same negative thought about yourself over and over again, you’ve assigned it a “high rank” (i.e. helped it “wire” firmly into your brain) so that it now comes up as the first search result in almost all of the searches (i.e. thinking) that go inside your head.

But, do not despair, you can get rid of ANTs, regardless of how firmly they are entrenched in your consciousness. The first step is to recognize that these ANTs and not the real you; they are just reflections of your past experiences. Therefore, you should start applying a filter to your thinking (to catch negative thoughts when they occur and reject them) and also supply positive thoughts (see below), which will strengthen you and teach you about your true worth and your true place in God’s creation.  However, if the situation is really desperate and you are really close to the edge, you should seek an immediate help of a professional. After you get that initial help you should start using affirmations as part of your efforts to change your thinking.

If you search the Internet you will find different suggestions on how to get rid  of ANTs, so on this page we would like to concentrate on using scriptural affirmations for such a job. Bible contains true words of encouragement and healing that God wanted us to hear. Listening to these words repeatedly (during day and night) will help one better understand God’s will, which will strengthen and uplift him/her.

The table below lists the ANTs and their matching “insecticide” found in the scripture. Use your MiAffirmations tool (either free or paid version) to record (and listen to) either the original Bible verses listed in the second column  or derived healing affirmations listed in the third column. Depending on who will record affirmations, the pronoun “me” could be changed to “you” (or something else) so that it matches the target listener(s). It’s all about what would work best for the listener (so that they are able to strongly relate to the given affirmation).

God bless you and heal you!

Automatic Negative Thought (ANT)
Healing scripture
Healing affirmation based on that scripture
No one really loves me. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). God loves me.
I can’t go on. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9). God’s grace is sufficient and He gives me strength.
 I can’t figure things out. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). God directs my steps.
 I can’t do it. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I can do all things through God who strengthens me.
 I don’t have enough faith. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). God has given everyone, including me, a measure of faith.
 I no longer have anything Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6:38). I give and it will be given to me.
 It’s impossible. But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).
But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27).
With God all things are possible.
 I’m too tired. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). God gives me rest.
 I’m too weak God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). God is my refuge and He is my strength; my ever present help.
 I’m not worthy of God. “For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you (Isaiah 54:10). God’s unfailing love and peace will be forever with me.
 I’m not able. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). I’m able as, by God’s grace, I have sufficiency in all things and abundance for every good work.
 I’m not worth it. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). I’m worthy and I’m aligned with the purpose that God gave me.
 I can’t forgive myself. “No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:34).
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
God forgives all my sins.
 I can’t manage. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). God caters for all my needs.
 I’m afraid. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I am courageous because God has given me a spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind.
 I’m worried and frustrated. casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). I’m casting my cares on God: He is helping me.
 I don’t know the way. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:105). God’s word is a lamp unto my feet.
 I’m overwhelmed. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). I can overcome any obstacle because Jesus overcame the world.
 I’m not smart enough. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31). God gives me wisdom.
 I feel alone. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God is always with me. He is with me and thinks of me 24/7.
 I don’t belong to God. But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1). God has summoned me by my name; I am His.
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