Whoever said that “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” obviously was out of his mind – with pain. Who in the world has NEVER been hurt by harsh and mean words before? See the thing is, sticks and stones may bruise and wound you which will eventually disappear but harsh or mean words can linger around for a very long time. As humans, we remember the things that someone has said to us to hurt us along with, when and where we were when they said it to us as if it happened yesterday. That’s how the world holds us down by negative, critical and painful words. It ultimately brings us down to a low self-image.
Our self-image is based on 5 things:
(1) Family: Why? They know us best. We believe our family.
(2) Peers, Friends and Spouse: They know us well.
(3) Teachers, authorities, media and enemies: They seem to know things about us that we ourselves don’t even know.
(4) Devil: Runs us down constantly.
(5) God: He created us.
See, what you repeatedly HEAR the most, you slowly but surely begin to believe and what you SAY the most, you believe and what you BELIEVE will direct how you act and speak.
The Do’s and Don’ts:
(1) Don’t think on the negative words spoken over you.
(2) Don’t speak or repeat negative words spoken over you.
(3) The devil doesn’t need YOUR help to destroy you so don’t help him out.
(4) You’re what the Word of God says you are.
(5) You must think good and speak good about yourself.
(6) Act on what God says about you to give substance and evidence to your faith.
I am blessed and not cursed. I am a blessing and not a problem. I am doing well, not bad. I am getting better and better. I am a giver, not a taker. I am generous, loving and caring. I am prosperous, diligent and living in plenty. I am fruitful, highly favored, well- loved and finally starting to live like it. I don’t care who doesn’t like it because I like it, God likes it and that’s all that matters. So there.
My mouth and God’s Blessing:
Prophesying your own future.
Like it or not, the words of our mouth direct our lives. What comes out of our mouth determines our future. Like the rudder sets direction of a ship, your tongue sets the direction of your life. We are our own prophets. What we say today sets the stage of our tomorrow. You and I are where we are right now as a result of the words we spoke yesterday and the day before that and so on. That’s simply the way God created us. Like God, our words carry power.
Take up the Sword of the Spirit.
Ephesians 6:17. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. To possess salvation or anything from God, we must first have to see that Word as ours and God saying it to us. We lay hold of the Word by faith and confessing it instead of what the world or the devil says. We take up the sword of the Spirit and use it as a weapon against sin, doubt, negativity and poverty. God’s Word is “a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.” (Psalm 119:105). God’s Word is victory, so believe the Word, pray the Word, meditate on the Word and speak the Word.
Christianity is the Great Confession.
Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” What we heard at church was different than what we heard at school, on TV and at work. They spoke faith, power, victory, a good future which is all just the opposite of what we’re used to hearing. Our confession is our profession and what we “do” for a living. Our faith in the Word of God is our livelihood. Romans 10:10, “With the heart man believeth and with the mouth confession is made…” Whatever we receive from God, we receive by confession. Our confessions determine all that we will ever receive from God whether it’s salvation, healing, peace or prosperity.
Talk to the Mountain.
Mark 11:23, “Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Jesus didn’t instruct us to talk about the mountain but instead to talk to the mountain. Faith will move mountains only when it’s released with the words of your mouth. Hebrews 3:1, “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.” It’s our responsibility to speak forth the Word and claim the promises God has spoken to us in His Word. He is responsible for bringing our words to pass. Once we speak faith-filled words, I Corinthians 1:4-5 says Jesus will then enrich them with His anointing.
Right Thinking Brings Right Words.
II Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” To direct our mouth, we have to direct our thoughts. Since the mouth directs the life and thoughts direct the mouth, it’s no wonder the enemy bombards us with sinful thoughts, doubt, fear, criticism, inferiority, poverty and anger. Thoughts and imaginations are “strongholds”. The thought is the initial idea. After the thought comes we have to choose what to do with it. If we dwell in the thought it turns unto an imagination or image. The image created becomes a stronghold and directs our life.
3 Sources of Thoughts.
1 Corinthians 2:14, “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. Input from the 5 senses, the devil and the Holy Spirit. The devil and the 5 senses operates through your spirit.
Romans 8:6-9, the natural mind alone cannot know God, for God speaks to you through your spirit and your spirit speaks to your mind. Whether or not your mind can receive His thoughts depends on whether or not your mind is renewed by the Word of God.
A Constant Power Struggle for Your Mind.
Matthew 13:26-28 But when the blade was sprung up and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. While we have the Word of God coming into our hearts, the Word and the enemy put thoughts into our minds against the knowledge of God. Our job is to cast down this wrong thinking. The good news is you don’t have to keep wrestling with bad thoughts, but instead replace them with God’s thoughts. You can reprogram your mind with the Word of God then anything that comes against the Word of God will be cast down.
Proverbs 23:7, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
This spiritual principle can never be broken, it always works, like the law of sowing and reaping. God has a great plan for your life, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end.” Sow good thoughts in order to reap the full harvest of what God intends for us to have according to His Word. “I’ll give you WHAT YOU EXPECT!” Even though God’s plan for you is good, to receive it you need to believe it and speak it. “I don’t have “luck.” I have the Lord. I don’t say “with my luck.”
I say “with my Lord.” His plan for me is good! His thoughts for me are good. I expect peace. I expect the good, I expect the best, I expect God’s blessing in all I put my hand to. I expect His prosperity. I expect a blessed and abundant life because that’s my Lord. That’s the kind of Lord I have. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Watch Your Mouth.
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” We must guard the words we speak. Ephesians 4:29, “Let NO corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” What comes out of your mouths is the result of what we have put in our hearts. Proverbs 18:20, “The heart of what we have put in our hearts. “The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.”
More Word In, the More Life Flow Out.
Matthew 12:34-35, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. The more Word we put in, the more Word will come out of your mouths and the more life will flow through our bodies. Proverbs 13:3, “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life, but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.” It’s hard to say right things when you feel totally wrong. When extremely emotional it’s easy to say what you’re feeling but then again, a person doesn’t have to speak every fear or worry. We had to learn to allow wisdom to rise above emotions. Losing our temper, venting frustrations through angry words leads to bitter grief and ruined relationships. Keep your mouth in order to keep God’s abundant life.
Double Mindedness and the Mouth.
James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 3:10 “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.” We had to learn to keep consistent in our speaking. I’d tithe and claim God’s blessing in our finances but then when a friend ask how’s it going, say, “We’re barely making it! I hope we can hold on!” That’s double minded. James 1:26, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” We hold fast to our original confession of faith right in the face of seeming defeat. We call those things that which be not as though they are. Romans 4:17. Walk by faith and not by sight. (II Cor 5:7).
Changing Your Mind and Changing Your Life.
Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD.” The devil has shown negative thinking and speaking into this world. As a result, our words have limited God’s blessings. In order to break those old habits, we have to change from speaking negatively to speaking positively. We keep the Word of God going into our hearts and our ears and flowing out of our mouths until the Word begins overflowing in our lives. If you’re facing difficulties in life, take inventory of what and how you’re speaking. The way you talk to and about yourself can make all the difference in your happiness!