By Kathi Pelton
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Possessing the power of life and death is a powerful tool that each one of us have. Many of you were told as children the words, “Stick and stones shall break my bones but words will never hurt me.” This is one of the greatest lies that children are taught. Negative words not only hurt but they bring death to God’s identity and purpose in lives. You are more likely to recover from stick and stone than from negative words.
God has given us truth through His written Word. He has speaks words of life and yet I still hear many believers speaking death over not only their own lives but over the lives of others and over their nations. Recently I heard a believer say the words, “My life sucks.” My heart immediately grieved because I knew that if they continued to speak this and align their beliefs with this statement that they would eat the bad fruit that comes from this confession.
Statements of faith are powerful tools. They align us with truth, with hope, with God’s plans and with His heart. As we agree with God’s truth over our lives it releases power to bring manifestation to His promises. There are also statements of faith that are negative. If you align your faith with doom or victimization then you give power to those beliefs. I am always saddened when I am at a restaurant or coffee shop and hear two moms or a mom and dad talking about their children negatively. I hear statements like, “Johnny is so lazy! He will never get anywhere with his lack of motivation!” These statements make me wonder if the reason Johnny is unmotivated is because his parents aren’t speaking life and his true potential into his life?
My husband and I make it an ongoing practice to speak life over our children. We do this in front of them and when we are away from them. If a situation arises with one of our kids that has a negative aspect on it, we don’t walk in fear about discussing it with one another but we always make it a matter of prayer and declare truth and life over whatever the negative issue is. I believe that this has been the key to seeing our children walk in continued growth, breakthrough and maturity. Have they arrived at full freedom and breakthrough, no! But they are always moving forward and always receiving words of life to put the wind of the Spirit at their backs and the love of God in their hearts.
How do you treat yourself? Do you speak words of life over your own life? What do you align your words and your beliefs with? If you have been speaking death over your life and aligning yourself with the belief that your breakthrough will never come then your statement of faith will feed you with this fruit. Now is the time to turn your words and your beliefs; about yourself, your life circumstances, your family (children/spouse/relatives), your business or ministry and your nation to words that bring life. Believe for good and not evil. How about believing what the Father has said in Jeremiah 29:11,
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
God does not lie! This is your truth and your promise. He plans to prosper you, to give you hope and a future. Now is the time to come into agreement with truth. Your breakthrough may just be in the power of your words!