toxic thoughts in his presence devotional
In HIS Presence


Read: 2 CORINTHIANS 10:5–7      

Meditation verse:

“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts” (Proverbs 4:23, GNT).

Your thoughts are powerful; they can make or break you. Proverbs 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. You cannot rise above the level of your thoughts. Toxic thoughts are harmful thoughts that poison your life. They activate the body’s fight or flee response; trigger fear, rejection, and low self-esteem. They keep your brain out of learning modes of reflection, critical thinking and problem-solving. Here are four toxic thoughts to watch out for.

Self-defeating Thoughts: “I can never be good at this”. “That will never be me”. “I have tried everything, I’m just not good enough”. These are thoughts and feelings of worthlessness that you hold about yourself. They prevent you from making the effort required to succeed because you believe that no matter how hard you try, you will never succeed. Keep the faith and keep trying.

Guilty Thoughts: “I wish I hadn’t done this”. “I regret doing this, now everyone hates me”. Do you constantly condemn yourself because of your past mistakes? Guilty thoughts will keep you rooted in one spot. You cannot move forward if you have one leg stuck in the past. There is no error too big for God to forgive. Ask for forgiveness and move ahead.

Escapist thoughts: “I will not be this way if you had not done that”. Do you constantly blame others for your shortcomings? Be responsible for your actions.

Comparing Thoughts: “I am not as friendly as she is, so nobody likes me”. Do you often compare yourself with other people and feel you do not measure up? If you do, you are being unwise. Accept and celebrate your uniqueness.

Get rid of toxic thoughts from your heart, using the word of God. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4–5).


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?

Jesus says in Mathew 11:28; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, this invitation is for you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; all you need to do is invite Him in, by believing and receiving Him.

Are you ready? Here’s a prayer you can say right now:

Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died to set me free from my sins. Thank You Jesus for dying to save me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to live for You from now onwards, in Jesus’ name, Amen

If you prayed this prayer, please email me at and let me know about it. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my eBook; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your journey with Jesus.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:
Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at

I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.

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