“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” -Psalm 19:14 NLT
“I’m a loser.”
“I’m mad at ________ and they don’t deserve my forgiveness.”
“I don’t like myself.”
“What if ________ happens?”
The thoughts inside our head aren’t all good ones and the bad ones have a way of making it outside our mouths much more often than the thoughts that are positive.
But don’t beat yourself up. If you can relate it simply means that you are human. That you hurt. That you think. That you are living life in a world that can be pretty frustrating, scary and overwhelming.
Negative thinking patterns can be detrimental to your inner peace but once those negative thoughts become words they take on a life of their own. Proverbs 18: 21 tells us that “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Those are some pretty strong words!
How could it be that words are so important? Hasn’t God ever heard the old saying about sticks and stones?
Well, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God.” John 1:1 tells us. While John lays references to the Word of God, aka the Bible, John is also showing us how important words are. Think about this “from the BEGINNING”. Before there was anything, anybody, anyone… there was God and His Word. One day that Word would become flesh in Jesus Christ – God would send Him down to save the world.
Literally, we were saved by God’s Word.
God wants you to know how powerful your words are. You were created by Him, in HIS image… your words hold the power of life and death. When worry attacks, when anger strikes, when fear comes…
Cast your eyes on Jesus. Turn your face to His Word and keep them in your heart. Think about what you say before you say it. Just because you think something doesn’t mean you have to let that negativity flow forth. Of course, you share your burdens with a friend. Of course, you can share them with God. This doesn’t mean that you have to keep it all bottled up. It simply means to speak life.
For example instead of saying, “I am having such a hard time right now. Things will never get better!”
Try this instead, “I am having such a hard time right now… but I know God is working in my favor to make me victorious!”
I challenge you, right now to live the next 40 days speaking life. Make it a point to speak positive words on your life, your children’s lives, your spouse’s life and even stranger’s lives. The changes you make just might change your life.