By Dianna Hobbs
“I want you to speak only the word of God,” I wrote. “No more negativity.”
My response was sent to a precious young woman who recently wrote me an email expressing all the ways her life is falling apart. “I feel like I’m cursed, like God loves everyone else more than me because my life is in such a mess.”
My heart ached for her as I read the message, especially because I could relate to her sentiments. Very recently my own life seemed to be headed in the wrong direction as my health took a turn for the worst. Feelings of security, certainty and wholeness were canceled out by life’s trials. I had to ask myself, “Dianna, are you going to speak your circumstances or speak His promises?”
That’s the question.
Will you let the fierce and violent winds tear your belief in God’s promises away? You won’t if you focus on the right thing: the word of God.
Yesterday afternoon I was listening to a worship song I love titled, “We Will Not Be Shaken,” which talks about trusting the Lord and exalting Him above our circumstances. I love the lyrics and the melody.
As much as I enjoy singing along, however, I know it is one thing to sing about having total confidence in God and another to live according to that confession daily. When the storms of life rage and try our faith, we have to be deliberate about responding the right way—by declaring the word of the Lord.
When life feels like it’s falling apart, declare that all things are working TOGETHER for your good.
If, at this moment, you are dealing with some tough setbacks and facing unfavorable odds like the young woman who emailed me, this word is for you. Don’t speak words of worry, doubt and fear. Instead, pray the prayer David did in Psalm 141:3. He said, “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”
In this verse, that word “watch” is the Hebrew word, Shomrah (pronounced shom-raw’). It is only found one time in scripture — right here in this passage — and it means “guard.” It is derived from the Hebrew word Shamar (pronounced shaw-mar’) which means to have charge of, watch, protect.
So basically David asked God to be a watchman that guarded and protected what came out of his mouth. He didn’t want to be defiled by his own words.
Isn’t that an awesome prayer to pray?
In seasons of trouble and despair, don’t speak death. Don’t stop uttering promises and praises, and instead, become negative. Don’t begin complaining and talking about how bad things are, instead of how good God is. Don’t obsess over and fixate on all the odds stacked against you, instead of rejoicing over the fact that God is for you.
When you will feel tempted to complain, pray David’s prayer. Ask God to be the guardian of your tongue. That way, you’ll speak life and release words of faith, thereby setting the right atmosphere for an awesome move of God. Faith creates an environment for breakthrough, healing, deliverance and blessings.
We often quote Proverbs 18:21, which says, in part, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” But knowing that scripture isn’t good enough. You and I must make the choice to declare that we are victorious and that God is greater than any negative reality we’re encountering today.
Don’t you know Satan can’t stand it when you start talking like you know who God is and like you know who you are in God? It upsets him when you side with God’s word against your feelings.
Friend, let God guard your tongue. You’ve come too far, been through too much, come back from too many setbacks to curse your life with what you say. Don’t give the devil that satisfaction. When things look bleak, don’t help the enemy defeat you by defeating yourself with your words. Hit back with the word of God. His word is your sword. It is your weapon of defense.
What’s coming out of your mouth? What are you saying?
In this critical season, as you are on the precipice of breakthrough, let no defiling words escape your lips. Walk by faith, talk faith, live by faith. We cancel out statements like: this situation will never change; nothing works out for me; I will be stuck in this rut forever.
Speak faith! Say change is coming; God is working in my favor; I’m coming out of this trial a winner.
The Lord is about to do some awesome things in your life. The enemy can’t stop God’s plan, but he most certainly will try to get you to sabotage your own breakthrough.
If, by chance, your faith-fuel is low, I’m stirring the perfect method to get it back to where it needs to be, right into your cup of inspiration. Romans 10:17 KJV says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, remember to stay rooted and grounded in the word of the Lord. His word builds your faith. His word drives you to keep going when you’d rather quit. His word provides direction, guidance and clarity. His word will give you the right words to say when you otherwise would speak defeat and death over your situation.
Whatever you’re taking in, is what will come out. If you’re feasting on His word and allowing it to transform you, and fuel your faith, what you say will be consistent with what God says.
Make sure you hide the word of God in your heart as David said in Psalm 119:11, because, whatever the heart is full of, that’s what the mouth speaks according to Luke 6:45.
Speak faith and not fear. Speak victory and not defeat. Speak blessings and not curses. Speak promises and not problems. Speak what He said, not what you see.
Faith-filled expectations and declarations create the right environment for miraculous manifestations.