Research shows that at least 7,000 words a day are spoken by people on an average, with women speaking 13,000 words more than the least recorded amount. That’s indeed fascinating to know! However, more than knowing how much we’ve said, it is more important to pay attention to what kind of words have we blabbered throughout the day.
Words have great power. It has the power to bring life or death to our lives, our relationships, and our future. Our words shape our environment, our beliefs, it drives our behavior, and eventually, creates our reality. It is more powerful than what we already know.
Words have the power to help, to prosper, to bless, to curse, to empower others, to condemn, to humiliate, and even to kill. They carry energy. And if you don’t agree yet, try to be with a chronic complainer for an hour and watch your energy go down the drain.
The Word of God teaches us to speak life and not of death. In Proverbs 18:20-21 it says;
20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth;
and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Have we thought of this truth? That we reap and eat from the words we speak. How positive or negative are you when you speak? What are the words we say during heavy traffic, on bad weather, on a missed opportunity, during acquaintances, when what we have is a cold meal, after hearing the news, and basically on anything during a normal day?
Do we ever pause for a while and think about the words we speak and how powerful these words are? It is a good thing to be more aware of the words we say for this is the first step in turning our lives around.
In 1 Peter 3:10 it says;
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
It means then that if we want a good life, we must refrain our tongue from evil.
We should avoid complaining, gossiping, lying, murmuring, destroying other people, degrading ourselves, whining and all sort of negative talk we do with people including ourselves. Doing those things breaks us down or the people around us. We should give life when we speak, remember?
We’ve heard already of the “I AM” affirmations that focuses on us, e.g. I am strong and healthy, I am highly successful, I am beautiful, I am intelligent, I am rich etc. Though these statements sound perfect already but these still relies on our limited capacities as human in comparison to God who has no limits.
I encourage you to use God’s promises instead as your daily affirmations. Dwelling on God’s promises removes our anxiety and worries over earthly things and on our inherent human limits. Not that we don’t need earthly things, but God will help us focus on His strength which can enable us to do all things.
God’s strength is unlimited, recalling who He is - gives us assurance, joy, and peace. God is not capable of lying, He cannot fail, and He does not disappoint or mislead us. God cares about us, and His strength is sufficient. He has the power to change our life.
This is why biblical affirmations are more powerful than regular affirmations. They don’t depend on your strength, but on God’s strength. Write down these affirmation taken from God’s Words and see your life change for the better.
I will wait upon the LORD and He shall renew my strength;
I will mount up with wings as eagles;
I will run, and not be weary;
and I will walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
His grace is sufficient for me: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
My God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to the power that works in me. (Ephesians 3:20)
God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
My God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)
My God gives me strength when I am weary and increases my power when I am weak. (Isaiah 40:29)
I can see the Kingdom of God because I am born again. (John 3:3)
God keeps me in perfect peace because I fix my thoughts on Him and trust in Him. (Isaiah 26:3)
You sanctify me through your truth: your word is truth. (John 17:17)
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
I can approach God directly with boldness and access with confidence by my faith in Him. (Ephesians 3:12)
Because I fear the Lord and shun evil, my body is healthy and my bones are nourished. (Proverbs 3:7-8)
The LORD shall make me the head, and not the tail; and I am above only, and not beneath; if I will hear His words, to observe and to obey them: (Deuteronomy 28:13)
Blessings on your 2021, folks! Speak life!