The way we think and speak determines the course of our life. Our thoughts and words are influenced by what’s in our heart and mind. We learn by hearing, so what or whom we listen to—the messages we receive and repeat—shape and mold our future.
• “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV)
If you take the time to listen to your own words, you’ll discover a surprising connection between what you hear and say, and what you believe. The words you speak are seeds that produce either a positive or a negative harvest in your life. Negative words produce negative thinking and vice versa. Negative thinking also produces negative feelings, which in turn lead to negative decision making.
Scripture tells us to guard our heart from ungodly people and influences. Compulsive behaviors such as anger, lust, overeating, overspending, and a general lack of self-control can enter our lives through ungodly associations.
• “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:20-23, NIV)
• “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)
When we speak poorly about ourselves we feel condemnation. That’s because we learn by repetition. We come to believe what we say over and over again, either as self-talk or in conversation with others. Our continuous repetition reinforces these thoughts and cements them into firm beliefs.
We counter self-condemnation when we actively take steps toward overcoming insecurity and disapproval. You replace negative beliefs about yourself with positive affirmation by simply repeating Scriptures that declare God’s thoughts about you. God’s Word is truth! Therefore, His thoughts about you are true.
Any negative pattern can be turned around by replacing it with a positive one. Repeating Scripture is a positive practice that will alter your view, of both self and of others.
You may not be able to control all of the negative influences that affect you, but you can control your messages to yourself. You can bring good into your life by believing that the words you speak impact you. You have more control over your tomorrows than you realize, but it’ll take more than knowledge of this principle to change your life—it’ll take action!
Taken from my soon to be released book: A WOMAN OF GRACE & STRENGTH.