Let me speak for myself. I spent years trying to lose weight based on others perception of me before I was even considered overweight. Because I allowed the lies of others to take root in my mind those words permeated my heart and that’s how I saw myself, overweight undesirable and because in my mind I din’t believe I could change this I believed the lie of food being a comfort. Looking back at my photos I was 5 sit-ups away from a 6 pack, but I believed these lies and internally spoke them over myself. I started making jokes about my size like having to get a fitted sheet rather than a dress I liked – like Moses in Exodus 4:10 I was constantly self depreciating myself. It’s like I lost the battle in my mind before I thought to fight for ME. If you think about it, how often do we speak negative things over ourselves passively or in a joking manner?
Do you ever think about the times you called yourself broke, or said, “I’m not smart enough for this”? let’s keep going; think of all of the I can’t dos, I’ll never be like, I wish I could have, this is impossible etc. The fact is the enemy plants doubt and fear in our minds and if we choose to believe the lie the enemy succeeds in delaying us stepping into all that God intended us to be. That’s why it’s important to fight doubt and fear with the word of God. Know who the Lord says you are and what he says you can do. Discern when you’re under attack because some of us don’t even realize “the prince of the air” is causing us to battle in our minds and that’s why we have doubt or we hesitate or we have fear. When you know who you are you can speak to those lies and command the enemy to flee.
A couple of years back I read this book titled “Taming the Tongue”. When I tell you it got all up in my business! Get this, there are 30 short devotionals all dealing with different ways to tame our negative speech. You’d think something would be repetitive, but no sir no ma’am, all 30 chapters are valid and necessary. The chapters that are probably easiest to identify with are the ones we just kind of touched on: complaining, self depreciating, judgmental and discouraging speech. There’s so much more we should be mindful of so we can walk unnecessarily burdened by these things. Here’s a LINK to the brief write up I did on this book if you are interested in purchasing it or reading more about it.
I challenge you to be conscious of the words you speak over yourself and over others. Take a moment and figure out why you’re having certain thoughts. Learn which scriptures speak to what lies. This has been more food for thought than a testimony post, but I hope that you all see the value in watching what we say. One day we’ll all be held accountable for every word we’ve ever spoken and while I’m on this side of eternity I want to be everything the Lord has purposed me to be and I want to encourage others to be able to do the same. To see scripture references of the authority the lord has given us click HERE