You Say What?

Scriptures For Meditation— Prov 18:21, Rom 4:17

Pro 18:21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

Some years ago, I attended a prophetic conference where one of the speakers made a statement that really made a lasting impression on me, and has been a recurring admonition in my heart ever since.

He said:

Your destiny is in your mouth!

There are so many things that come naturally to us as thinking rational human beings. We have been taught and conditioned to look, listen, feel, reason and then talk.

So essentially, we speak as we see, we say what we hear, we believe what we feel and then declare what we think about the information our minds have processed and then store the results in our hearts.

As Jesus tells us in Matthew 12:34, “…whatever is in your heart is what you say”.

The question then is: What is in your heart?

Satan uses this very knowledge as a strategy to fight us in his battle against us. We are bombarded daily with visuals, sounds and thoughts that are designed to overwhelm our hearts and bring us to the place where we then inadvertently begin to shape our destinies by the words that we declare.

In proverbs 4:23-25, the bible tells us (New Living Translation):

Pro 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Pro 4:24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.

Pro 4:25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.

Everyday we turn on our televisions or read the News from whatever medium, the prognosis and forecasts by the “experts” about the days ahead are to say the least, dreary and very gloomy. There are talks of a “Second Wave” of the virus, recession, job losses and more deaths.

While these things may be the inevitable consequence of what the world has been through in the last 8 months of the year, our lot as believers is different!

What shall we then say to these things?

2Co 4:17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

2Co 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

And also, we can do as Abraham did, as the bible tells us in Romans 4:17:

In spite of what Abraham saw and felt about the situation of His life, he chose instead to still believe God’s promise which He had made to him — he trusted in the God that calls the things that are not as though they were. And God came through for him!

Prayer Focus

On this last day of the fast, we will begin by first thanking God for His mercies and goodness that’s us.

After this, let’s recount these blessings that we have experienced even in this season; let’s fill our minds with the remembrance of His faithfulness and let our mouths begin to speak from the abundance of the thankfulness in our hearts.

Let’s look forward to the coming months (beginning with the month of September) with expectation and joy, and let’s begin to declare the promises of God concerning our lives.

Let’s speak to shape our destinies by the words of faith that we will begin to declare from today. We will not speak as the world speaks. We will instead, declare what God has said.

Let’s intercede for this nation. Let’s petition God for mercy and protection.

Let’s cancel all the negative pronouncements and declare that only the counsel of God shall stand.

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