February 7, 2015

How our Words Become Realities

Many sources confirm the importance of words. Literally, our words connect to our hearts. What we say will happen is likely to happen; that’s how powerful our words are. Cases of this are found in the Bible:

The book of Genesis tells us that Jesus spoke the world into existence. (Genesis 1:3)

The books of Matthew and Mark tell us that Jesus calmed the stormy waters of the Sea of Galilee with three simple words: “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39 KJV)

Joyce Meyer says that we cannot rise above our confession (the words that we speak.) We must call things that are not as though they are.

Joel Osteen’s mother, Dodie Osteen, is said to have cured terminal cancer through extended positive confessions. She put pictures up around her house of how she wanted to look when she was completely healed. Also, she refused to speak negatively about her situation. Instead, she concentrated on daily, minimal improvements. Over thirty years later, she is still living cancer free.

Undoubtedly, not everyone will achieve a victory similar to Dodie Osteen’s. Modern medicine can often play a necessary role in our progress. However, I have seen plenty of evidence that anyone can move forward if they “speak” their achievements.

Recently, I have been making an effort to “confess” my success. I do not always accomplish this goal; but, I’m improving. For example, as a result of my own words, I am making connections to people who are enriching my life. I am also being led to ideas for furthering my writing career. On the other hand, if I only spoke of how I’m not rich and famous (which I’m not), I probably would block my own path to victory.

Evidence to support the statement that what we speak, negative or positive, will happen is overwhelming. Consider these prominent examples from history:
  • “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”--President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Great Depression did come to an end. 
  • “I Have a Dream.”--Dr. Martin Luther King. Many improvements have been made in the area of civil rights.

Here’s another example of the power of Dr. King’s words:

Actress Nichelle Nichols, the African-American lady who played Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek series, met Dr. King at a restaurant. When she told him that she was planning to quit the show, he firmly told her that she couldn’t do that. He said that she must stay with the series because African Americans saw her as a positive role model. She was doing so much good. Ms. Nichols took his advice and stayed with the series.  She became known for breaking many racial barriers, including the first interracial kiss on TV. To this day, she continues to inspire many people.

My Conclusion

How do you talk about/to yourself?

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