It is no secret that our words shape our worlds. We speak thousands of words per day and how many of those are faith filled statements that bring about our future hopes and dreams and the plans for us that God desires.
We serve a God who “calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17). We know that the whole universe was created by God words and the words we speak hold the same creative power to transform and set the direction for our lives.
It is written in Proverbs 18:21 that “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” How often do we hear negative statements come out of our mouths such as:
“I’m always late”
“I’ll probably get sick this winter”
“I always lose my keys”
“I can never do anything right”
“I can’t lose weight no matter how hard I try”
In many ways these statements become self-fulfilling prophecies and we do find we get sick or always run late or struggle with weight loss. The words that go out of our mouths set the course of our lives. In James 3:4 the word likens our tongues to rudder that guide a ship. Our words can steer our lives towards health and wellness or towards trouble and calamity.
Personally I have had struggles with a negative mindset lately and need encouragement. My mind seemed to keep wandering into negative territory and I would worry and stress and have trouble focusing on the positives. I could feel a deep sense of heaviness brought on by the negativity and it was affecting my ability to enjoy my life.
I read a book recently called “Pep Talk – Lean the Language of Success Through Positive Declarations” by Terri Savelle Foy. I decided upon reading this book that I need to encourage myself through the words I speak. After all it says in the word that David was strong because he “encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6). The book also mentioned that we believe the words that come out of our own mouths more than anyone’s.
Below is a list of positive affirmations I have taped to my fridge which I speak daily. I can already feel the change in my mind, shifting towards the positive.
“God has good plans for me”
“He will never leave me nor forsake me”
“Today will be a good day”
“I am strong and bold”
“I am healthy and well”
“I have positive thoughts”
“My mind is full of love”
“God is hovering over me with His love”
“My heart is full of love for others”
“I am fit strong and healthy”
“I have a fast metabolism”
“I have lots of energy”
“I enjoy exercise”
“I appreciate the body God gave me”
“God has plans to prosper me and not to harm me”
“To give me a future and a hope”
“I will be debt free”
“I have enough money for all my expenses”
“For the Lord has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and love and sound mind”
In particular personalising scriptures and speaking them over my life is powerful as the word of God says “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). When we hear ourselves speak faith filled words, it builds faith in our hearts and we begin to see the desired changes in our lives.
Friend if you’re feeling down I encourage you to begin to build yourself up using your words. The feelings may not be there to begin with but our emotions follow our will. If we use our will to speak positive faith filled declarations our emotions trail along behind and will eventually come into line with our words.