What you say matters…
God created the world by speaking it into existence. And since we are made in His likeness and His Spirit dwells in us, there is power in our words.
When we constantly speak negatively about ourselves or our circumstances, we cut off the possibility of things being any different than what we’ve just spoken. “I’m a failure,” “I’m ugly,” “Nothing ever goes right,” or “Nobody really cares about me.”
Proverbs 18:21 tells us
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
So take an inventory of the words you say, out loud as well as in your mind.
Are you speaking death or life?
Do not speak what you think to be truth or what seems to be truth, but rather speak what you know to be the truth in God’s Word! Check out your Bible’s Concordance for key words. Or try online websites Bible Gateway. that allow you to search by topics! You will discover more hope than discouragement! So each time you are tempted to give in to discouragement, speak the Scriptures to yourself, thanking God for helping you!
Purposefully clear out negatives from your speech. You are NOT a failure because God’s Word says the opposite is true about you. You are NOT hopeless, start acknowledging God as the hope of your life.
The Bible also says in Proverbs 6:2 “You are snared by the words of your mouth.” This includes the silent messages to yourself as well as what we speak aloud. You can’t be healed if you continually speak bondage upon yourself and infect your own emotions. You need to recognize exactly who’s talking in your mind. Is it the voice of God, is it your flesh, or is it the devil?
When you are talking about yourself, speak words of hope, health, encouragement, life, and purpose. They are God’s truth for you. Wipe words of hopelessness, doubt, and negativity from your vocabulary. But when you are speaking about the way you feel, speak God’s truth along with it. Rather than saying, “Life stinks!” say, “I feel sad today, but I know God is in charge of my life and will perfect all that concerns me” (Ps. 138:8). If you can’t think of anything positive, say, “Lord, show me Your truth about my situation.”
Join Us Each Thursday Evening at 6:30pm CST. We meet in the House of HOPE Building at Hilldale Baptist Church located at 113 Maxwell Drive in Clarksville Tennessee. Together we can fight the battle against depression!
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Omartian, Stormie (2000). Lord, I Want to Be Whole. p. 63-67