“You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you.” Job 22:28 NKJV
It’s not what others say to you or about you that determines your future; it’s what you say to yourself after others get through talking! The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Pr 18:21 NKJV). You say, “I’d love to have a better relationship, but I’m afraid if I make the first move and they don’t respond I’ll feel rejected.” Or, “I’d like to pursue my education, but I’m afraid if I register for classes and can’t do the work I’ll feel stupid.” Such words become self-fulfilling prophecies. Until you replace your negative self-talk with faith-talk you’ll always live in fear. Your mind is like the womb of your spirit; it nurtures each seed you sow until the time of delivery. If you don’t want what a seed will ultimately produce you must stop sowing it and feeding it. Your first step in breaking fear’s hold over you is in recognizing the self-talk that got you into trouble in the first place. This is not easy to do. It takes vigilance, self-awareness, discipline and scriptural reprogramming. But by changing your thoughts you’ll begin to change your life. Job says, “You will…declare a thing, and it will be established for you.” And the amazing part is, at times you may not feel like you believe the particular Scripture you’re standing on. That’s okay; your inner self accepts what it’s consistently fed and begins to act accordingly. So starting today, serve an eviction notice to every negative thought that’s holding you back and begin feeding your mind with God’s Word.