You know we’re always hearing things like “the power of positive thinking”. More and more books are being written on the subject and that’s all fine…but I believe something even more concrete than that…it’s the power of words!
We Christians have the whole believing thing down pretty good. With just the faith the size of a mustard seed, we are able to receive good things into our lives…but I wonder how many stop to think about the words they say.
An extremely powerful saying of Jesus in Mark 11:22-23 goes like this…”…Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that 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.”
Okay, so maybe there’s not a physical mountain I want to move into the sea, but sometimes things in our lives can seem like mountains. A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a gentleman and I said that the Lord loves me so much He would move mountains for me (I was thinking of that verse, of course) and he said to me, “so is there a mountain you want Him to move for you?” And I said, “No, He’s already done so much for me, I don’t want to ask Him for anything else.” His reply to me so hit me that I laughed. He said, “That’s very considerate of you.” Imagine me being considerate of a God who can do anything…so considerate that I wasn’t going to ask Him for anything else!” That was my “please others” coming out in the face of God’s generosity!
In Hebrews Paul was quoting God, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly SAY the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Just as important as positive words are to us, so are negative words. Words will dominate your life…
If you say you don’t have faith….it will dominate you…If you talk doubt and unbelief it will dominate you. If you say you cannot…you’re defeated. As a Christian never talk defeat or failure. Never mind if failure is walking naked in front of you…don’t talk failure. Don’t talk sickness! Don’t tell people I have this sickness or I have this disease. It will dominate your thoughts.
Don’t ever acknowledge that God’s power can’t get the job done. I know He can because greater is he that is in me than he that’s in the world. Don’t talk about your trials, your difficulties, your lack of money…your faith will shrivel. No person ever rises above the confession of their words…
A faith person has to believe in his words. Things become real when you confess (testify about something you know, affirm something you believe or witness for a truth that you have embraced) them with your mouth.
Last Sunday, the 12th April, was the one-year death anniversary of my husband. I asked the pastor where I go to church if I could take 5 minutes and say a few words for God. He said…take 10…so I did. I said on that particular day a year ago my husband died from pancreatic cancer so I wanted to stand and give the devil a kick in the teeth and declare that my faith in the healing power of Jesus Christ was stronger than ever! I gave some examples of real healing in my body. Afterward, I was talking with a lad. He was so pumped by what I had to say…and while we were talking a portion of Bible verse popped into my head …”through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.” But I couldn’t remember the beginning of that verse, so as soon as I got home I looked it up. It’s in Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus), and by the word of their testimony…” I was so overjoyed that I was obedient to God’s prompting!
We are made overcomers by Jesus blood and by the word of our testimony!
You need to know who you are and what you are in Christ and hold fast to that confession. It’s what will put you over and make you a success!