Monday, 6 July 2015

Self-Talk

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaks like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.

      Lisa M Hayes quotes, "Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening."
      Changing the inner image of people around the world is a billion dollar industry. There are workshops, books, videos, Internet-sites and audio teachings available that would take a person a lifetime to go through all the material offered to build self-confidence and change the poor and sometimes lousy self-images within people's hearts. 

      Conferences and study camps are annual events for corporations who want to develop strong and warrior type persona's in their employees that will grow company profits into the stratosphere. Yet God gives us the tools in His word to do the same thing with the added advantage of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, guiding us along the way so that we can become the person God made us to be and not some imitation product being produced by repeating "I am a winner" over and over again. 
      There is nothing wrong with saying, "I am a winner," because if you are in Christ you are a first class winner. Rom. 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 
      Self-talk is under-utilized in our daily walk in Christ. We, who are in Christ, should be the most positive and productive people on earth. After all, we have the all-mighty God living right in our very beings. God instructs us to say what His word says about ourselves. God's word has the power to change the image, soul and body of a believer in Christ if we apply the word to our lives. Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” In another translation it says. Let the weak say, "I am strong". 
      God is saying, "Let this happen." Let the people say they are strong. If God is telling us to do this then we should be saying, "In Christ, I am strong!" Why does God want us to say this? The main reason is that faith in God's word comes by hearing and repeating it in our daily devotional. This faith building word of God will make its way into our hearts and we will get to the place where we will believe it. 
      The results of this living word will bring us life. Rom. 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Another reason God encourages us to say what God says about us is so the word of faith becomes alive within us to be the blessed hand extended in this lost world. Self-talk with humility will help us become strong in God and fulfill the will of the Lord for each one of us. If God says that we are strong then we should not argue with Him, but embrace how God sees us in His Son. 
      Psalm 35:27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. Why does God want us shouting with joy and gladness, saying continually, "Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant."Wow! God has pleasure in my prosperity? 
      Repeating this uplifting word would bless a lot of Christians who think they have to be poor to be acceptable to God. Imagine God taking pleasure in our prosperity. Why would He? He knows that we, who are God-like through Christ, will be a blessing with the prosperity that is favored upon us. We will meet the needs that are lacking in this hard and stingy world because the relationship we have with the Lord will be real and genuinely fearless. Our needs and wealth will be met in Christ, and again we will be a blessed hand extended to a lost world.
      Psalm 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe. Another translation says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Let this happen. Let the Christian say through self-talk, repetition and prayer what is going on in their lives, through God, that is changing their inner man to become a strong believer in Christ. Let the Saints of God repeat what God says about who we are in Christ. Allow this way of thinking and being to be part of the Christian's everyday life experience. 
      Speak up and say who God says we are in Him. The Lord says we are, new creatures; holy, clean, kings and priests. He says we are a peculiar people set apart for Himself. He says we are the apple of His eye. Yes, faith comes by hearing and repeating what God says about each one of us. We are His delight and I, for one, am willing to say so. Jer. 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

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