How do you talk to yourself? Do you encourage yourself or do you tear yourself down? We can either bring life to ourselves or death. You are what you think of yourself. This goes with how we speak to others, also. I have seen people talk themselves into sickness because they said it enough that they believed it. I have also seen people change what they believe about themselves because of the life that someone else spoke into them. Words are EXTREMELY powerful. We also plant seeds that we may not see immediately. So, even when you speak to strangers, what seeds are you planting that will come to fruition later?
Scripture is very clear about our words and the power that they have.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)- The tongue has the power of life and death,and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Isaiah 55:11 (NLT)- It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.
Epehsians 4:29 (NLT)- Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Colossians 4:6 (NIV)- Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
It all starts with changing our thought patterns. My favorite, and I have used it before for an earlier post, is Ephesians 4:23. It says, Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. We have to change how we think if we want our words to change. I have to admit that I struggle with speaking life into myself…especially when things are not going right. Yet, I have gotten a lot better at how long I berate myself with negatives. What I have found is that if I am continuously speaking truth into myself on a daily basis, then those moments where I feel like I’m garbage and I want to tell myself off, are less and less frequent.
Words bring life. The best example of this is the Valley of Dry Bones.
Ezekiel 37:1-14 (NLT)- The lord took hold of me, and I was carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dired out. Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living again?” “O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.” Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’” So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’” So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’”
What are you speaking into yourself? Life or death?
=) Be Blessed!