Right Thinking, Right Words, Blessed Life – Daily Devotional (Day 7)
Mark 11:22-25 (The Message Version)
22 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. 25 But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Our words are powerful. Our words create life or speak death – remember that “life and death are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). There is life producing results that can occur as a result of your words.
However, what does your heart believe about what you are saying? We can say quite a lot of idle and oftentimes foolish words, but it’s important to know what your heart believes. You can speak raise-from-the-dead words out of your mouth, as promised in Mark 11, but the kind of results you want will only happen if you believe that you receive what you pray for, and have no doubt in your heart. Matthew 15:18 says that “But the words that come out of your mouth come from your heart.”
Mark 11:23 is a really important instruction from Jesus. “..whosoever shall say [words] 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 says [words] shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he says [words].” If you believe in the power of your words, they will come to pass. If you don’t believe in the power of your words, they won’t come to pass. That’s the only thing that keeps you falling over dead when you say, “that tickles me to death”. You were speaking idle words but you didn’t really believe them. If you say, “I never win anything”, you’re saying that you’re not blessed – you are cursing yourself. You need to understand the power of words and you need to use your words to bless not only yourself, but other people as well.
When you say something like, “that person drives me crazy”. Do you believe in your heart that you’re going crazy or are they idle words? When you say, “my child is never going to amount to anything”, do you believe it in your heart? When you say, “I’m afraid I’m going to lose my job”, do you believe it?
What you say out loud is what you pray. What you say out loud is what you prophesy about yourself – especially if your heart believes what you are saying.
Most people say what they have when the bible says you can have what you say. Speak blessings over your life. You can use your words to fight the devil. You can use your words to speak to your body to resist sickness and disease. God’s Word spoken over our lives are extremely powerful, especially mixed with our faith.
You are the only one who can stop God’s blessing over you through your unbelief. Once you understand the blessings that God has promised you, claim them, receive them, believe them in your heart, and speak them over your life. Galatians 3:13-14, for example, Abraham’s blessings are ours. The divine favor of God spoken over Abraham is ours to receive and speak over our life, as a result of Jesus dying on the cross.
Find scriptures that apply to your life and speak them out loud. Start blessing people. Start saying you are blessed. The more you read and study God’s Word, the more your heart will believe God’s promises, but your faith will grow as well. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV): “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
What are you saying about your life? What are you saying about your job, your spouse, your children, your family, your friends, your co-workers, your health or your finances? It’s time to renew your mind by committing yourself to a life that is based on God’s Word, God’s principals and the fact that God loves you.
Write down the verses and phrases that line up with God’s Word that you will declare today that will help you persuade your heart that God’s promises are true for you today.
Remember to thank God and honor Him with your words. You may want to begin your praise to God with a verse from the Bible or a song you’ve heard.
“Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU THINK GOD IS SAYING TO YOU TODAY:
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