Most of us who have engaged in any type of self-help/power of positive thinking have come across some article or book relating to the power of words. The Bible actually has quite a bit to say in regards to the power of words. Here’s a snippet from this web page:
Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3), and we are in His image in part because of the power we have with words. Words do more than convey information. The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence. They not only incite wounds but inflict them directly. Of all the creatures on this planet, only man has the ability to communicate through the spoken word. The power to use words is a very unique and powerful gift from God.
Also, this page has 151 Bible verses based on the topic of Power of Words.
All that being stated, my mom shared something with me this morning that put a giant exclamation point on the idea of the words we use over ourselves. Because, if words have power, what we proclaim over ourselves is just as important as the words we use to bless or tear others down.
Every time you make a declarative statement over yourself, follow it with: And that’s just the way I want it. Examples:
I’m always sick (and that’s just the way I want it).
God is never going to bless me (and that’s just the way I want it).
God is moving in my life in a powerful way (and that’s just the way I want it).
Today is hard but God is bigger than my circumstances (and that’s just the way I want it).
I think the distinction is huge! I’ve practiced it today and several times I caught myself declaring something negative over myself and when I followed it with and that’s just the way I want it I realized I didn’t really want that particular statement.
Here’s the challenge this week. Try incorporating that statement in what you declare. You may find that what you’re speaking over yourself isn’t really what you want. Then, use that opportunity to declare something that aligns with God’s truth and desires for your life. With that in mind, I think it’s appropriate to end this week’s post with one of my favorite quotes:
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well – Julian of Norwich
Til next time,
I put a dot by each verse in Proverbs once and found over 150 references to the power of the tongue in the one book! Why is this so hard to put into practice? ~ Ever learning…