Scientists tell us that women speak, on average, 13,000 words a day. 13,000 words. That's a LOT of opportunity to be critical, doubtful and destructive. Everything we say, we also hear - and down it goes - back into our hearts. So there's a cyclical effect - every time we speak out our thoughts. Learn how to use the power of your words to encourage yourself...
Your words are containers of power. Proverbs 18 verse 21 "The power of life and death is in the tongue". God created all of life with words. Jesus is described as The Word of God. Words matter. They matter a lot.
But where do our words come from? Our heart and mind. Proverbs 4 v 23 - "above all else (woah!) guard your heart - for everything (everything!) you do, flows from it".
To live in the very best of God's will for our lives, we need to carefully examine ourselves. Firstly, we need to think about how we think!
Romans 12 v 2 says to "Be transformed, by the renewing of your mind" because God knows that whatever is going on in your mind, will, at some point, come out of your mouth. James, in Chapter 5, warns that the tongue "sets the whole course of a life on fire". This is serious stuff.
Scientists tell us that women speak, on average, 13,000 words a day. (Men, it seems have less to say for themselves and hover around 7,000, which possibly explains why women really do need each other to talk to!) But how many of those 13,000 words a day are positive, beneficial, encouraging, full of faith, life-affirming? 13,000 words. That's a LOT of opportunity to be critical, doubtful and destructive. Everything we say, we also hear - and down it goes back into our hearts. So there's a cyclical effect - every time we speak out our thoughts.
So, here's the process:
Form your heart.... to your mind... to your words.... to your actions.....heart.... mind... words.... actions....
So to guard our hearts, we need to keep out discouragement, and keep our hearts firmly topped up with encouragement.
Anything from a bad hair day, to an interrupted night's sleep - to a fight with our spouse to a deadline at work... can have the encouragement levels in our hearts flowing south faster than we can say 'I'm a Christian - get me out of here!'
There's not always a close friend around to fill our ears with the kind of reassurance and motivational booster-talk that we might need.
Have a read of 1 Samuel, around chapter 30. David was in a right pickle. He was a hunted man, unpopular, hated even. He was deserted, "greatly distressed" and his very life was in imminent danger. These were not unfounded fears he was dealing with. This stuff was very real.
Yet in the midst of this dire situation - this stunningly beautiful phrase is given: But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
We don't know how he strengthened himself, the Bible doesn't say. Perhaps he prayed fervent prayers of affirmation in the faithfulness of God. Perhaps he lay flat on his face and cried out to God from deep in his belly, calling on God in unknown syllables. (Have you ever done that - I sure have!) Perhaps he sang out - a battle song proclaiming God's sovereignty and power. Perhaps he recalled stories he had learned as a young shepherd boy, reminding himself of God's favour and goodness. Perhaps he etched out the Names of God in stones around him - a visual reminder that God is the King of Kings and will not be defeated.
However he encouraged himself, David knew that there are times when all you have left is your faith. In those moment, you need your heart to be fixed on God's goodness because goodness knows, you've run out of options. Encouraging yourself empowers you to call on God to do what you cannot do, to move on your behalf. Sometimes you need to just speak up - speak out - and let the Enemy know loud and clear that every weapon formed against you will. not. prosper! Sometimes you need to remind your own ears and heart that God is sovereign - He is always, always, always in control and that He will deal with whoever and whatever opposes you.
We're not shy about shouting on our favourite sports team or joining in singing at the top of our lungs on our favourite song - but has the enemy got your tongue when it comes to your faith walk?
When was the last time you raised your voice in prayer? When was the last time you spoke to the mountain and told it to be cast into the sea? When was the last time you read out the Names of God; declaring His Lordship in your life? When was the last time you took a verse, pinned it to your home screen or stuck it on your mirror and said it out loud, over and over until you felt your faith shift into 'alive and kicking' mode!
To encourage ourselves, we need to get good at 2 things;
1 - Get the word in you to begin with. Like squeezing a jam sandwich - what is in you will come out under pressure so you need to know what God has to say about you. You need to read for yourself how God always redeems, rescues and honours His people. You need to know that He is with you, that He will not ever leave you nor forsake you. You need to read in black and white that His promises are trustworthy and His faithfulness is unfailing.
2 - Watch your tongue - your ears are always listening. Especially when you're in crisis, the temptation to panic and blurt out your anxieties is very real. There is an undeniable, momentary, fleshy relief when we speak out in anguish, anger or fear but if we speak out negativity, all we're hearing is .. you guessed it.. negativity. This just punches more holes in your barrel! You can be real - and faith-filled. This is not about crazy, pointless denial. "Everything's great! God is good!" as things are crumbling around you....... But instead of saying 'Oh Lord, these bills are never going to get paid! I've blown it. I'm such an idiot. What am I going to do!' ... instead you can say 'Lord, I don't know how these bills are going to get paid - but you do. Please give me wisdom. Please guide my steps.'
Totally different prayer. Totally different response. And because our words contain real power - totally different results are on the way because God always responds to faith and expectation. It's His love language. It's how we connect to our heavenly Father.
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