Faithful in the Midst

Faith in The Midst of Struggle

March 20, 2018
Tonya King

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The Power of our Words

Words have power.  I am sure we know this on some level, but do we believe it.  We say so many things to ourselves throughout the course of a day that we are not aware we are saying. Negative things that we would never say to anyone else. Yet, it is common language in our subconscious which gets spoken to our conscious mind and out of our mouths.  I have found myself saying things like I am stupid, unworthy, unloved, unnecessary, even so sinful that God must have given up on me.  Wow! Would you ever call your best friend stupid or your child unloved? Never.  So why do we treat ourselves so badly?  A dear friend of mine always reminds me that my words have power.  That what I say can and is heard in the supernatural realm.  Satan hears us.  That is a scary thought because if he hears us, then he can use our words to our detriment.  What we say out loud can be used as a weapon against us.  We will speak these words of death about ourselves and Satan is all too happy to take these words and turn them into a toehold.  Then, he will take that toehold and turn it into a stronghold and we will not understand why we are held captive by these false beliefs about ourselves.  We won’t remember that we spoke that over ourselves and we will be left confused.  I heard a story about a man who was always fearful that his wife would die of cancer.  He spoke about this fear to almost everyone he encountered.  When he first started having this fear and speaking these words, his wife was fine. But after several years of proclaiming this, she did die of cancer.  He spoke that into being.

But, there is hope for us.  When we search the scriptures, we see many verses about our words.

“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel”

                                                                                                                                                          Proverbs 11:17

                “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”

                                                                                                                            Proverbs 16:24

 The Lord says to speak kind words to ourselves that will nourish us and bring health.  Those words are powerful, and we should take heed and obey.  But, what happens when our self-talk comes out of our unconscious and just flows out of our minds unchecked?  I have said to myself many times “did that just come out of my mouth?” I am surprised at the things I say to myself and the only way to stop this from happening is to take every thought captive.  We need to think before we speak.  Slow down and really think about the words that are forming in our minds. Paul says…

         “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”

                                                         Romans 12:21

Choosing to focus on right things that are true, noble, peaceful and right in God’s eyes is a great place to start changing our words. If we can change the focus of what our minds think on, we can change our words which will change our behaviors.  We can build ourselves up instead of tearing ourselves down.  We need to stop speaking words of death over ourselves.  Something as innocuous as “that was really stupid” or “I’m so dumb” have such great power.  We need to replace those words with more affirming ones.  I have words of affirmation from God’s Word taped to my mirror so I see them and say them every day.  It makes a huge difference in how I speak to myself during the day.  You may want to try this yourself. But regardless of how we do it, we need to always speak blessing and favor over ourselves.  We are the workmanship or God and made in His image.  There is nothing unworthy about us and by speaking death over ourselves we are minimizing what Christ did for us on the cross.  We are forgiven and loved and children of the Most High God.  We need to start talking to ourselves with words worthy of our station.

Words have power.  I am sure we know this on some level, but do we believe it.  We say so many things to ourselves throughout the course of a day that we are not aware we are saying. Negative things that we would never say to anyone else. Yet, it is common language in our subconscious which gets spoken to our conscious mind and out of our mouths.  I have found myself saying things like I am stupid, unworthy, unloved, unnecessary, even so sinful that God must have given up on me.  Wow! Would you ever call your best friend stupid or your child unloved? Never.  So why do we treat ourselves so badly?  A dear friend of mine always reminds me that my words have power.  That what I say can and is heard in the supernatural realm.  Satan hears us.  That is a scary thought because if he hears us, then he can use our words to our detriment.  What we say out loud can be used as a weapon against us.  We will speak these words of death about ourselves and Satan is all too happy to take these words and turn them into a toehold.  Then, he will take that toehold and turn it into a stronghold and we will not understand why we are held captive by these beliefs about ourselves.  We won’t remember that we spoke that over ourselves and we will be left confused.  I heard a story about a man who was always fearful that his wife would die of cancer.  He spoke about this fear to almost everyone he encountered.  When he first started having this fear and speaking these words, his wife was fine. But after several years of proclaiming this, she did die of cancer.  He spoke that into being.

But, there is hope for us.  When we search the scriptures, we see many verses about our words.

“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel”

                                                                                                                                                          Proverbs 11:17

                “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body”

                                                                                                                            Proverbs 16:24

 The Lord says to speak kind words to ourselves that will nourish us and bring health.  Those words are powerful, and we should take heed and obey.  But, what happens when our self-talk comes out of our unconscious and just flows out of our minds unchecked?  I have said to myself many times “did that just come out of my mouth?” I am surprised at the things I say to myself and the only way to stop this from happening is to take every thought captive.  We need to think before we speak.  Slow down and really think about the words that are forming in our minds. Paul says…

“take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”

                                                         Romans 12:21

Choosing to focus on right things that are true, noble, peaceful and right in God’s eyes is a great place to start changing our words. If we can change the focus of what our minds think on, we can change our words which will change our behaviors.  We can build ourselves up instead of tearing ourselves down.  We need to stop speaking words of death over ourselves.  Something as innocuous as “that was really stupid” or “I’m so dumb” have such great power.  We need to replace those words with more affirming ones.  I have words of affirmation from God’s Word taped to my mirror so I see them and say them every day.  It makes a huge difference in how I speak to myself during the day.  You may want to try this yourself. But regardless of how we do it, we need to always speak blessing and favor over ourselves.  We are the workmanship or God and made in His image.  There is nothing unworthy about us and by speaking death over ourselves we are minimizing what Christ did for us on the cross.  We are forgiven and loved and children of the Most High God.  We need to start talking to ourselves with words worthy of our station.

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