Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"You Get What You Ask For"

How many times have I heard the phrase, "be careful, you get what you ask for"?  Probably more times than a politician tells lies in their career.  Okay, maybe not that many times.  Have you ever stopped to reflect and realize just how true that statement really is?  Unfortunately it tends to be in the negative sense though.

Our words literally frame the world that we live in.  We have the power to create change simply by believing the words that we speak!

God created the heavens and the earth by speaking it into existence. (Genesis 1:1-31) "And God said..."  You will find that at the beginning of each moment of creation.  THAT IS POWERFUL!

Take it a little bit further...
Genesis 1:26 (NIV) ~  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

If we are made in the likeness of God, which I absolutely am going to say we are (I mean, GOD said we are, so I'm not going to argue with Him), then it stands to reason that when we speak the words that are expressed have the power to confirm, change, direct or even create realities in our lives.  If this were not true then there is no need for any of the blessings that are spoken over people...why would you speak a blessing if there was no power in the words that were spoken? 
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) ~  The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

So often I have found negative words come flying out of my mouth.  Words that discourage, that bring doubt of abilities, that stifle rather than encourage, empower and foster belief in what is seemingly impossible to attain. 

Have you ever watched a toddler stand and begin to take steps?  Those wobbly little legs move forward even though they may crumple and that child may meet the ground quickly.  A child is born with the determination to get whatever it wants.  To go after something that catches its' eye.  You don't have to encourage them, although we tend to for each step, there's a drive that is built in to achieve what they put their little minds to. 

Yet that same determination can be stifled by the words that are spoken into their lives by parents, teachers, friends...they begin to doubt in their ability to accomplish the impossible.  Even worse, the words spoken into their life can become the chains that constrict and choke out the dreams they once had.

This lesson of the power of our words is one that I am attempting to teach to my young girls...and they are not enjoying the lesson when the negative is pointed out.  When words are spoken out of frusteration or anger, the negative that they speak gets brought into reality. (when I can make it happen)  When they speak possitive words into each other's lives, or into the situation, I praise them and try to help bring those words into reality.  They are learning that the blessings are BY FAR a greater value than the cursings (negative words).

I challenge everyone that reads this:
Take charge of the words that come out of your mouth. Choose them wisely. Speak blessings and encouragement into your life and the lives of those around you.  Do this and see the impact that is made simply by the words that you are speaking daily.

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