Postive Speaking

A few weeks ago, I was watching a three-year old girl recite some Bible verses. After reciting a few, she got stuck and couldn't continue. At that point, her aunt asked her: "What do you say to your mind?". She replied: "…my mind is enlightened with wisdom, knowledge, understanding and retentive memory through the blood of Jesus Christ". Afterwards, her aunt told her to continue reciting the verses from where she stopped and she recited it all this time. An alternative option for the girl was to say: "I can't remember" or "this is too much for me to handle" but rather, she used her words positively.

Our words have a way of making things turn around for our good, if we can learn to use them right. Guidance and revelation can be experienced when we practice the art of confessing positive words into our lives, our studies, career, business or family. Most successful people have maintained the practice of speaking positive words into their lives. We rarely hear them speak negatively about their businesses, work or family. We need to understand that our words have a way of bringing God's grace and favour into our lives.

"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. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:23-24)

Our words, depending on how we use them have the capacity of working wonders for us; they can shape, define and brighten up our lives, they can even deliver us from difficult situations. The same way Jesus used his words to calm the storm, raise Lazarus from death and dry up the fig tree, we can also use our words to turn situations around for us.

This Morning

This morning at work, I went to the kitchenette to grab a little something for breakfast. My co-worker was pouring his cup of coffee and seemed a little less cheerful than usual. As I greeted him, he told me in a low disheartening manner that he had broken his coffee mug. He went on explaining how it fell out of his hand, hit a lower shelf, cracked and cracked in various places. He said he tried putting it back together but it just wasn’t the same. You see, he had been using this mug EVERY workday for many years now. This special mug had his daughter’s footprints, her name, birth date and “I love you” on it. He said he had just gotten off the phone with his daughter telling her what happened. When I asked how she took the news, he explained that from her response she seemed a little disappointed but definitely not as much as he was.
He stood there sipping coffee out of a new red mug. I tried encouraging him, telling him it would be ok and that I was sure it would look great on display in a China cabinet. He kind-of just shook his head no, still in disbelief.  A few seconds later he left and came back with the broken mug wrapped in tape and assembled with crazy glue. After trying to console him one last time, I went back to my desk.
I sat there and thought of how my co-worker’s disappointment related to our relationship with our heavenly Father.  Does God get this sad when we fall and become broken? I’m sure he gets a little discouraged with us from time to time but guess what… He is the potter (Jeremiah 18:1-6)! As the song written by Tramaine Hawkins explains, God wants to put our pieces back together again when we become broken!  Not only can He transform us, but He’s able to do it without hesitation, constructing us in an even better image than what we were before our broken periods! He has something so much stronger and attractive than crazy glue and tape!  

Letting Go, Looking Ahead

At some point in our lives, people close to us have disappointed us. We've faced some form rejection and animosity. For example, we've put all our effort into building something great, be it our reputation, career, relationships, business, family or even our ministry. Amidst all the growth and development, someone might have come in along, acted as a friend or supporter of our vision, only to disappoint us by trying to destroy what we've worked for. Some even succeed at it.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD (Job 1:20).

As a result of the disappointment we get from such people, the will to carry on vanishes. We become so burdened with heartaches and sadness that we may prefer to just give up on our visions, dreams and purpose in life. The heartache we feel during such moments could yield so much hatred for the world and the people who hurt us. We become reckless about anything relevant to us. We find it hard to get over the disappointments and feelings.

In the scriptures, we learnt that most anointed children of God faced various forms of serious rejection and disappointment from people around them. This rejection however, did not hold them back nor discourage them from holding on to their dreams and purpose in life. Joseph's story is a solid reference of one who was rejected by his brothers (Gen 45:5).

Although, our reactions may be justified by our human emotions, they won't make things better for us but rather make us feel even worse as time goes on. We hold so much bitterness towards these people that we can't stand being around them, thinking about them or even coming across them in a public space. the memory of their past deeds makes us wish we never had an encounter with them in the first place.

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven (Matthew 18:21-22).

What If I Fall?

“I just won’t try, so if I fail it won’t hurt me as much”. This is something I believed for a very long time. However, my mindset of not trying too hard so I don’t fail was actually the key reason why I failed at or quit so many things. My deep rooted fear of failure cost me job opportunities, connections, promotions and friendships. I lived a life controlled by the spirit of fear without even knowing it. I became so used to not trying too hard with everyone and everything that the failure I feared so much actually started to become a reality. 

I cannot pinpoint the exact time I began to allow fear to control me, but I remember when it began to rob me of the things God had promised me. When fear becomes part of you, every gift, talent, idea, or vision you have ever had becomes suppressed. The goals that used to excite and motivate you, now become things that are “too big” or “unrealistic”. When fear sets in, you begin to compromise on what God has promised you. If God has promised you certain characteristics in your future husband or wife,  fear of being alone will persuade you to lower your standards or believe you are being too picky. If God has promised you a certain career path, fear tells you that it is too competitive and you’re being unrealistic. Fear tells us to be “reasonable”, while faith tells us that the thoughts of God are higher than ours.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:9

The Bible tells us that fear is a spirit; a spirit can be defined as your “inner self”. Your spirit is what gives life to your body. Your spirit is what you are made up of. The Bible also goes on to tell us that God has not given us this spirit of fear

“ For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” 2 Timothy 1:7

Fear is not meant to control us, fear should not drive us or actions, fear should not determine our destiny. 
Fear is a spirit and it cannot be found in God and what cannot be found in God definitely has no place in our lives and must be cast out.
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