Saturday, December 02, 2006

May I Have A "Word" With You?

I started to title this Happy Holidays, but then there is so much talk about what we ought to say during this time of the year. My reason for wanting to say Happy Holidays is because there are several coming up and I wanted to cover them all: namely I pray you have a Merry Christmas, continue to practice the principles of Kwanzaa, and may the New Year be blessed beyond your greatest imagination.

I'm working on the Blessed Trinity trilogy (finishing up Book 3 while handling copyedits for Book 1). The other day I was talking with some people, and it seems many folks are down these days. I hate to use the word "depressed" because words do have power. The Bible tells us that life and death or in the power of the tongue. Out of the heart the mouth speaketh. Our thoughts have power. Our words have power. We must be mindful of how we use this power.

I often tell people, Satan really has no power. He knows we have it. Our mouths can get us in trouble if we're not careful. If Satan can get you talking wrong, then guess what? He has used your god-given powers to defeat you. If you can only get this in your heart, your life would change. Satan places images before you (some of it appears real; some is just our imagination). What many people do is speak what they see with their eyes or the fear they have in the hearts. Satan will focus your attention on what you "don't have" what's "not going right" and other things that can get you down. What you need to do is focus on what you DO HAVE. What you have accomplished. Don't discount those things; they serve as markers so you can see just how far God has brought you.

When talking with and encouraging people this past week who were a little down (and you know we also have to encourage ourselves, me included), my goal was to turn toward what God has already done. Start speaking out of your mouth from that perspective and see how the present changes. What you do and say today does affect your tomorrow. Remember that when you speak. When David was preparing to face and fight Goliath there's a lot he could have focused on. Instead, he focused on what God had already done for him (there was a bear and a lion he faced in the past and he defeated them both). When you do that, it builds you up and puts you in a place for God to do great things now. As David declared about the giant Goliath, who is this uncircumcised Philistine who dares to come against our God.

So if you're a little put out because things don't seem to be going the way you thought or had hoped, focus on what you have. And remember: You're made in the image of God. And God said . . . and it was so. Watch your mouth; protect your heart; and speak only those things you desire to manifest. Speak it in the present tense ("I am", "I have") and watch the power of God work. May I have a "Word" with You? Lift up your head, o ye gates. Gates keep things in and keeps things out.

Until next time . . .
Vanessa Davis Griggs
http://www.VanessaDavisGriggs.com

2 Comments:

At 10:59 PM, Blogger John Ware said...

This is by far the most important responsibility that we have as beleivers, guarding our tongues. The Bible says that we have what we say(Mark 11:23), but most people have made a habit of saying what they have, and as a result, they don't see possitive change in their lives. I can truly say that I've seen this principle work in my life and I made it my business to not participate in pity parties. It's so easy to get down and start saying things like "nothing works for me" or "I'm so stupid" and so on. But we have to say what God says about us and He says that everything I do prsopers(Psalms 1:3) and I'm Blessed (Ephesians 1:3) I am the head and not the tail. I'm the blood bought, blood washed, child of the most high God!!!! That's good news!!! Check out my blog, johnwaresthoughts.blogspot.com

 
At 11:05 AM, OpenID adriane powell said...

What you have said is so profound because I am going through the battle of the tounge and I seem to always fail that battle. i dont want to be a willing participant but it seems that I dont know anyother way. The seed that you have sown on this blog believe it touch many people as it has done me, keep the faith be real and never froget where you started and where GOD has brought you from. I havent read your books but for some years I have desired to write faith based books but until I have the faith I need how can I write about it.

 

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