how saying the right thing can change your life

SOURCE:  Joyce Meyer

I started smoking when I was nine years old and smoked for  many years. I liked it! So when I decided to stop, it was really difficult.

Every time I tried to quit, I’d last a few hours and then  I’d be running around, digging cigarette butts out of the trash or looking for  cigarettes in my coat pockets – anywhere I could think to look for them!

I didn’t have success until I got a revelation: I was  burying myself in defeat with negative confessions.

Why  I Had to Stop Talking Myself Out of My Victory

I finally realized that I was causing myself to fail through  the negative things I was saying about myself. For a long time I would say, “I  just know I could never quit smoking. And if I did, I’d probably gain a lot of  weight.”

Thankfully, God was able to get through to me eventually and  help me see that if I didn’t change my confession, I wouldn’t change. Then, He  began to put desires in my heart to start speaking what I wanted, not what I had.

I started saying things like, “I can’t stand to smoke! These  things stink and they’re expensive. I don’t smoke anymore!”

At first, I felt silly doing this because I would make these  declarations while I was smoking. However, within about a week of changing my  confession, I realized I now had the grace of God to quit smoking.

What I learned from this is I cannot rise above my own  confession.

How God Taught Me to Talk Like Him

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the  tongue…” And Hebrews 4:14 (AMP) says we should “hold fast our confession [of  faith in Him]”

Confession means “to say the same thing as.” As the High Priest of our confession, Jesus  can only do what we’re saying that agrees with His Word. So it’s vital for us to  learn how to speak the Word of God and not just say things based on our  feelings or even what others have said about us.

I believe we’ll have greater success with this if we  concentrate on what we should be saying,  rather than focusing on all the things we shouldn’t say. It’s self-defeating to  go around saying things like, “I shouldn’t do that… I’d better not do this…”

I want to encourage you to really listen to yourself.  Where’s your heart? See Luke 6:45. We need to  stop saying, “Oh, I didn’t mean that. I was just kidding.” And we need to start  being accountable for the words we speak.

The truth is, the things we say come from something that is  formed in our heart. So you can determine where your heart is by listening to  yourself. You can hear bitterness and jealousy…insecurity and unhappiness.

What  Changing the Way You Talk Will Do

“We  all have room to grow in our relationship with God.”

Do you need a change of heart? All of us do. We all have  room to grow in our relationship with God.

And the way to make progress is to speak His language…  

  • Bless everything you can possibly bless. James 3:8-10 says we have the power to bless or curse with the words of our mouth.
  • Be thankful and say so! (See Psalm 100:4.) Don’t  just think about how much you appreciate someone – tell them!
  • Be an encourager.  Give someone an encouraging word every day.
  • Tell the truth!
  • Speak the Word of God. Recite and memorize verses that deal with things you want to change or       overcome – anger, unforgiveness, insecurity…
  • Don’t talk too much. Be quick to hear and slow to speak.

I encourage you to  pray and ask God to help you use your mouth to say the right things. When you  do, it will change your life!

joycemeyer.org

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