40 Reasons for Chronic Negativity and Pessimism

40 Reasons for Chronic Negativity and Pessimism

From the photo shoot for the cover of 

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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