“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
I worry sometimes that, when people walk past my door and hear me talking to myself—audibly—they may be concerned. No need. Usually, I am speaking aloud those affirmations I need at the moment.
Positive affirmations are important. Speaking them aloud helps them to sink in better.
Did you realize that whatever you speak over your life is what happens?
Whatever you speak to yourself is the life you create. When you speak words of healing, then, you are healed. You have the power to speak victory over every illness, every bout of depression or any negative situation.
What you say in your heart happens. Those words that you speak to yourself internally are the words that grow out of your innermost thoughts. When we envision something, we create our own reality.
There is a popular Donald Lawrence gospel song with the words, “encourage yourself in the Lord.” Of course, those lyrics are based upon the Word of God. “…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”—1 Samuel 30:6(b) (KJV) His life was in danger. He had suffered tragedies, now mutiny. His own troops were murmuring about stoning him. If David could speak encouragement, with all of the trauma and difficulties he faced, so can you.
When you do that—when you encourage yourself in God—the Lord Himself will, in turn, encourage you. God hears; He listens. He uplifts you with heavenly encouragement. Just take note of the words recorded in Psalm 10:17 (NIV): “You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and listen to their cry.”
Watch your words because your words have the power to kill or your words can give life. How incredibly wise Solomon was when he recorded this warning for our benefit: “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”—Proverbs 18:21(a)
The words that you nurture are the words that bear fruit. Your words have a harvest. You plant them by speaking them and you can be certain that whatever you plant will grow. Just like in the natural world, if you plant corn, don’t expect to harvest green beans. With the words you speak, you will harvest something, and you don’t want your harvest to be illness and despair.
While I acknowledge that it is human to speak words of doubt when you feel that there may be a reason to give up, we should never speak those words. Make a commitment never to say, “I cannot do this” or “I won’t make it.” We serve a God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask of Him or even think about asking. Apply this truth to your words.
Believe in your next victory. Speak it. Have confidence in the exceeding greatness of God’s power to bring what you believe to pass.