While listening to my wife, I thought about the power of our words and how those words reveal where our hearts are. I felt to remind us both to speak life.
If I pray for someone to be healed, but speak as though they never will be, what does that say about my faith? What does it say about my confidence in the power of God? If I truly believe that my Lord can do anything, then my speech should back up that belief. I should speak positive words of faith.
If I'm looking for a job in a tough economy, instead of telling myself, "Man, no one is hiring," I could say, "Thank you Jesus for the doors you're opening and for the opportunities your're leading me to!" Yes that can be easier said than done. But does God take notice of our faith and attitude? Have a look...
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
By speaking life, I don't mean we should just spout empty words to sound like we have faith. Faith is something we get by the Word of God and experience.
A politician we know of ran on a platform of “Hope and Change.” He didn't have much experience, nor did he have any specifics about what “Hope and Change” meant, but regardless, he won his campaign. Before long however, his inexperience caught up to him, and his words have fallen flat. Without real world experience and a track record of accomplishment, words are just words. The phrase, “Hope and Change” is a joke today.
By contrast, a young shepherd boy told a king he could defeat a giant and bring victory to his people. It sounded pretty far fetched. A shepherd in his youth going up against a giant who's been a warrior from his youth? Are you kidding? But keep reading...
And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. (1 Samuel 17:34-36)
David's hope was founded on his past experiences with God. He spoke life and faith to this challenge because he knew his God was able. It's good to remind ourselves of our past victories and encourage ourselves in our God!
We should speak life and positive words of faith because our God is Mighty! He is Powerful! He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us! His word is true and his track record is stunning.
If speaking positive words of faith is difficult, read Psalm 34 (KJV) out loud, once a day for the rest of the month. Let's brag about our God and remind ourselves of past victories, and even greater ones to come!
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