It is the words that you consistently speak that will change situations.

In my post, ‘First Words Matter‘, we looked at the importance of the first words that you speak when a situation arises. The words that you continue speaking are of vital importance too. You may start of speaking words of faith, but if you allow doubt to creep into what you are saying because nothing seems to be changing, you will not get the result you desire. In consistency lies the power – it is the words that you consistently speak that will change situations. It is all very well your initial words being words of faith (and they should be), but you will undo all the good if you don’t continue speaking faith. James 1:6-7 in the J.B.Phillips translation says, “The man who trusts God, but with inward reservations, is like a wave of the sea, carried forward by the wind one moment and driven back the next. That sort of man cannot hope to receive anything from God“. Do not be like this man, begin by speaking faith and continue speaking faith until your victory comes – because if you do this, the victory is inevitable. 

Look out for negative things that you have been saying and change them.

Too many people speak either their situation as they currently see it, or what they fear will happen. In Mark 11:23 Jesus said that we can have what we say, but a lot of Christians do not believe this. They speak words like, “I’ll never get out of debt“, “Why do things always go wrong for me?“, “I’m just so forgetful“, “I feel really sick” and even though they don’t realise what they are doing, they are working out Mark 11:23 – albeit in the negative direction. They believe in their heart that what they are saying is true and just as Jesus said, they have what they say. The key is to look out for negative things that you have been saying and change them. For example, if you have been forgetting things, stop telling everyone all about it. Stop thinking that things are going to just get worse, do not say that you probably end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Instead start declaring, “I have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

If you do what most people do, which is simply complain about things to whoever will listen, nothing will change – except maybe for the worse. But if you start purposely and consistently speaking the end result you desire, your circumstances will begin to change. Genesis 1 tells us that in the beginning it was dark, but God’s reaction was not, “Look how dark it is“. God did not talk about the current situation, God spoke what He wanted to come to pass, “Let there be light“. Romans 4:17 says that God “speaks of things that don’t yet exist as if they are real” (Easy to Read Version). Of course the response to that which many Christians have is, “Well, yes, but we’re not God“. However, look at these verses:

  • So God created human beings in his image [reflecting God’s nature/character and representing him in the world]” (Genesis 1:27, Expanded Bible)
  • Watch what God does, and then you do it” (Ephesians 5:1, The Message)

We are not God, but we are the children of God and as such we are supposed to be acting like Him and part of that is speaking the desired result, not the current situation. When David faced Goliath he declared the desired outcome, “Today the Lord will hand you over to me. I will strike you down and cut off your head!” (1 Samuel 17:46, Common English Bible). For years whilst Abraham was childless, everyone who spoke to him was calling him ‘father of many’. When faced with the prospect of being thrown into the fiery furnace, Daniel’s three friends declared with confidence, “[God] will save us from the blazing hot furnace and from your power“. (Daniel 3:17, Complete Jewish Bible).

If you want to see real change in your life, it is time to stop telling everyone about your woes and start speaking faith. 

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