The Power of Your Words: Facing Any Situation with Truth and Faith
Not too long ago God showed me a powerful truth that I know needs to be shared. I believe this truth has the power to change so much about your current mindset, situation, and direction in life.
I know it did for me!
It deals with the very thoughts we think that lead to the words we speak, and ultimately where we’re getting the basis for our beliefs.
It has the ability to completely turn around situations in life and unlock a new level of relationship with the Lord!
Are you interested? Then let's dive in!
The Power of Our Words
God tells us in Proverbs 18 that “death and life are in the power of the tongue” (v. 21), as well as in Proverbs 21 “whoever keeps his mouth and tongue keeps himself out of trouble” (v. 23). All throughout the Bible we see evidence of the amount of power our words hold.
How did God create light? Genesis 1:3 tells us that "God said, 'Let there be light.'" The phrase "God said" is repeated multiple times in Genesis chapter 1 when referring to how God made the heavens and the earth.
How did Jesus and His disciples powerfully cast out countless demons? They spoke to them and told them to flee.
How did Jesus complete His mission on the cross and give up His spirit? He said, "It is finished."
What does Romans 10:9 tell us to do in order to be saved? "Confess with your mouth... and believe in your heart."
Plus, there are many Proverbs (like the ones mentioned above) that talk of the power of the tongue.
All throughout Scripture we witness words being used in powerful ways. It's obvious that God is sending us a message in more ways than one about the true influence our words have over our lives.
The Outcome of Our Words
So what about your words? Do they tend to be more positive or more negative? Do you find yourself always expecting the worst, not giving yourself enough credit, believing that you're not good enough, finding the bad in everyone or every situation?
What if I told you that if we constantly are speaking negative phrases over ourselves and our lives then that’s what we’re going to get?
What if by always speaking aloud about our hardships (telling every friend what's going wrong, saying bad things are going to happen before they do, and constantly complaining to God about what we’re lacking) we were actually bringing in more hardships? Or simply just staying stuck within the ones we’re already experiencing?
The basis behind this involves two things: a lack of truth and a lack of faith. When we speak unnecessary negativity, we very well could be bringing about a life and a mindset rooted in untruth and doubt.
Truth vs. Lies
When we talk negatively over ourselves, we aren't basing our identity in Christ, and therefore we aren't basing it in truth. We're basing it on the faulty identity that the world has given us: lies from the enemy.
The world may tell us we aren't good enough if we don't look a certain way, have certain abilities, etc. But our God says different! He says we are...
His children (John 1:12)
Chosen people (1 Peter 2:9)
Precious to Him (1 Peter 2:4)
Royalty (1 Peter 2:9)
A masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)
Made with purpose (Romans 8:28)
It’s important for us to not only realize the truths God’s Word speaks about us, but to then say these words aloud over ourselves everyday! You may not truly believe these things about yourself just yet, but that’s okay. The more we say it and ingrain it in our heads, then the quicker we will begin to believe it.
The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” We must renew our beliefs by constantly thinking (as well as speaking!) on “whatever is true” (Philippians 4:8).
Our thoughts and our words are very connected. Matthew 15:18 says, “the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.” What we believe we will say. And what we say, we will eventually begin to believe.
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Walking in Faith
When we talk negatively over our lives and our circumstances, saying things like "nothing ever goes right," "nothing good ever happens to me," "I'll never get out of this situation," etc. then we aren't living in faith.
If we really think that things can't turn around for the better, then are we really trusting and believing that God can help us? No! The Bible tells us the complete opposite of those faulty, negative beliefs with truths such as:
All things are possible through Christ (Philippians 4:13)
Ask in faith and you shall receive (Mark 11:24, Matthew 7:7)
Faith can move mountains (Matthew 17:20)
God delivers us (Psalm 34:17-18)
He strengthens us when we're weak (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
He works all things for our good (Romans 8:28)
We must apply the “renew our mind” principle here as well. We must meditate and focus on these Biblical truths if we want to see any change in our lives, if we want to get closer to God, and if we want to truly live in freedom like the Word says we can!
When we start to do this, we will begin to believe and have faith in the powers and possible works of the Father! At that point, anything is possible, fear is erased, and the future requires no worry of our’s because the Lord’s peace fills us completely.
Speaking aloud bold claims of faith will completely change your outlook on life and give way to the Holy Spirit to begin his amazing works through you. We must talk about what we WANT to see happen, not what we CURRENTLY see happening. Because our God is a God of faith, not a God of sight!
If we continuously dwell on the bad then that’s all we’re going to have room for! But by choosing to focus on the positive (a.k.a.- the TRUTH), we make room for faith that God can deliver us from our troubles. Truth and faith go hand-in-hand when learning to use our words wisely.
Once we start shifting the way we speak over ourselves and our lives, we will begin to see a shift in mindset, a shift in our relationship with God, and a completely new shift in the direction of our lives.
Yours In Christ,
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21
“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from trouble.” Proverbs 21:23
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“And I have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:10
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6