When it comes to what I want in life, I’m learning that it’s important to be consistent with my prayers, my thoughts and my words. It is so easy to harp on the negative! Growing up, my dad taught me the importance of my words, so I understood early on that saying something like, “This is killing me!” was highly unacceptable, since I want to live a long and healthy life!
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
I’ve always been very careful to not say anything against my life, but I didn’t realize that things as simple as stating what I considered as my current reality was actually just cementing whatever it was that I didn’t want in my life. So what am I talking about? Consider the following statements:
Some of these things sound like truths, right? I know, trust me, I know! So what’s wrong with stating the truth? Well, it’s reinforcing negative things that you don’t want in your life. If you want more money, stop saying that you don’t have any money! If you want to lose weight, stop concentrating on the fact that you’ve been having trouble losing weight or that you lose slowly. Stop reinforcing everything that you don’t want!
If you’re a Christian and you’ve been praying about something, you have to be very careful not to cancel your prayers with your words.
Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you. Proverbs 4:24
I had to look up the definition of “contrary” when I read this verse. Contrary means “opposite in nature, direction or meaning. To do the opposite of what is expected or desired.” If you have certain goals or desires, that is what you desire or expect. Although it may sound strange, you have to retrain your brain to think only about what you want and not on your present situation. Are you satisfied being broke, sick, overweight or whatever it is you’re wanting to change? If not, then let that go! If you can’t say anything positive, then just keep your mouth shut. It’ll be hard in the beginning, and if you’re like me, you may find yourself stopping mid-sentence a lot of the time. It will get easier though, as your brain shifts toward the positive.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
What are you using your faith for? It goes both ways you know! Whatever you believe in your heart will come out of your mouth and will manifest in your life. Think about the people you know that constantly say things like, “I always get sick!” How often are they sick? How about the people you know who always experience good things? People constantly give them things, or they find great deals everywhere they go. They love their job and it seems like everything goes right for them. Have you ever noticed the words that come out of their mouth? I can guarantee you that they are negative!
So what is that it you want? Do you words line up?