Focus: Changing the way I talk
2 Peter 3:9 (NCV) The Lord is not slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He does not want anyone to be lost, but He wants all people to change their hearts and lives.
We’ve probably all heard the saying, “Stupid–is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” It also isn’t a new idea that when you plant a particular kind of seed—you get the same kind of a plant. You don’t plant an apple seed and get an oak tree.
There have been many books written and sermons preached about ‘the power of the spoken word’—but, the original concept comes from the Bible…actually from God, Himself.
In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the story is told about how things were in the beginning. Verse two says that after God created earth, it was without form and empty. The big thing I want you to notice is in verse three. It says, “GOD SAID, let there be light and there was light”. He literally SPOKE into existence everything He wanted to make.
The Bible goes on to say that He made people in His own image. That means ourwords are powerful, too. In other words, what you say has a direct effect on your life and future. If you are in the habit of saying, “I can’t help it”, you have to stop saying that, or else you will never see change—if change is what you want.
People say so many thoughtless things and then wonder why bad things keep happening and why nothing seems to ever get better for them.
What would happen if you made the decision to stop saying anything negative about your life…that would include things about your family, friends, your job or job outlook, your gifts and talents, your income or lack of it, your health, your body, your ability to break bad habits…and anything else that would cause improvement in your life to be impossible, impaired, or minimal?
What if you made the choice to begin saying positive things instead of negative things—and if something negative accidently slipped out—you quickly corrected yourself?
We can say we want things to change for the better in our life—but if we keep speaking negative things over and over—how can we expect anything different to happen?
The way you talk is one of the hardest habits to break. You might be offended right now and be thinking—“I don’t know if I like reading this so much, after all.” Well, if that’s how you’re feeling—it’s a pretty good indication that you probably do need to be reading it.
A ‘negative’ spirit moves into your ‘living room’ and likes it there. When you tell it to get out—it may not want to go. It will start making excuses and will maybe ‘move over’ a little bit and let you be a little more positive temporarily, but then before you know it—that spirit will have ‘control of the remote’ again, if you don’t watch out.
If you’re serious about wanting things to change for the better in your life, you’ve got to tell that ‘negative’ sucker to get out, in Jesus’ name–and mean it. No more negative talk!
Declaration: I am kicking the negative spirit out of my ‘living room’ and I’m ‘taking back the remote’ permanently. Today, I will stop cursing my life and future. Changing the way I talk will give me new strength to keep moving forward.
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