40 Reasons for Chronic Negativity and Pessimism

From the photo shoot for the cover of "Help! I'm a Pastor"

From the photo shoot for the cover of "Help! I'm a Pastor"

By Steve Backlund www.ignitinghope.com
(Some supporting verses refer to the reason for the problem, while others give solution.)

  1. Regularly feeding on bad news and negative reports creating a negative faith for the future  (Romans 10:17).
  2. The fear of being disappointed again  (Proverbs 13:12; Hebrews 10:23).
  3. Unresolved and unhealed past disappointments  (Psalm 23:3; Isaiah 61:1).
  4. Begging prayer mentality instead of confident praying  (I John 5:14-15).
  5. Performance based living instead of beliefs/relationship based  (Colossians 2:20-3:2; Galatians 3:1-5).
  6. Elevating end time doom and gloom prophecies above God’s promises of victory and influence  (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8).
  7. Waiting for trial to be over to be joyful instead of using joy as strength in the battle  (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-4; Nehemiah 8:10).
  8. Creating beliefs from past experience instead of God’s word  (Judges 6:12-16; Matthew 4:4; John 8:31-32).
  9. Consistent lack of victory in one or more areas of life  (Romans 7:13-24; John 8:31-32).
  10. Feeling guilty for being blessed while others are suffering or struggling  (Genesis 12:1-3).
  11. Celebrating only perfection, not spiritual progress  (Psalm 37:4).
  12. Not understanding that faith believes something is true before experiencing it  (Hebrews 11:1).
  13. Devaluing eternal life and the storing up of riches in heaven (Matthew 5:11-12).
  14. Being convinced the best way to motivate others is through being negative and critical (Colossians 3:21).
  15. Not making something right with someone you have wronged  (Matthew 5:23-24).
  16. Victim mindsets  (John 5:6-7).
  17. Not mixing thanksgiving into prayer life  (Philippians 4:6-7).
  18. Learned habit of focusing on the negative, rather than the positive  (Jeremiah 17:6).
  19. Believing there are limited options in life  (Ephesians 3:20).
  20. Believing God has predestined us to have the life circumstances we have  (Matthew 9:29).
  21. Believing there are no solutions for what we are facing  (1 Corinthians 10:13).
  22. Being a short-term thinker instead of long-term  (Genesis 6:22; Genesis 49).
  23. Devil focused instead of beliefs focused  (1 Peter 5:8-9).
  24. Ignorant of or forgetting salvation’s benefits  (Hosea 4:10, Psalm 103:1-4).
  25. Little or no vision for future  (Philippians 3:13; Proverbs 29:18).
  26. Sinner instead of saint identity  (Romans 6:11).
  27. Procrastination on things we know we should do  (Proverbs 12:24).
  28. Devaluing joy and laughter  (Proverbs 17:22).
  29. Working for God instead of with God  (Psalm 37:4).
  30. Living impulsively  (the whole book of Proverbs).
  31. Running from God  (Jonah 1:12-15).
  32. Misunderstanding of godly sorrow and repentance  (2 Corinthians 2:5-11).
  33. Not having a clear promise to fight with  (I Timothy 1:18; Ephesians 6:17).
  34. Holding on to bitterness (Mark 11:22-25).
  35. Minimizing the truth that we as believers will be with the Lord forever (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
  36. Not believing past prayers are working  (I John 5:14-15; Mark 11:24).
  37. Using worldly standards to measure success in life  (Proverbs 13:7; Proverbs 28:11).
  38. Pursuing “success” above the pursuit of character and integrity  (Proverbs 13:11).
  39. Thinking God is still angry with us  (Isaiah 53:4-5).
  40. Regret or shame for past decisions made (Philippians 3:13).

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