I don’t know about you but as you probably know, I am not perfect, only in Christ, but in the earth there are still things I battle with on a daily basis. Mostly things I have either done all my life or been taught all my life or things that are just ‘habits’, many of those things God is still working out of me…after 25 years.
This week has had wonderful UP’s and not so wonderful ‘downs’. But God is showing me things and changing me, from the inside out. I love that. It may not feel good at the time but oh it feels so good afterward.
My friend Deborah, who is in Alaska, sent me a text a few days ago that said ‘it is not just being positive but also about the absence of the negative’. She went on to say we had to have positive thoughts concerning his plan for us because his plan for us was a good plan.
I heard all of what she said but all that stuck in my spirit was ‘it’s not just about the positive but about the absence of negative.’ This sentence rolled over and over in my mind for several days.
On Thursday someone said something to me about me that hit deep within. At first it shocked me but as I thought about it more I realized they were right, I began to ask God to help me change this part of my attitude and life.
On Friday morning I was reading an email from one of our partners and it said ‘plant the seeds! Don’t water the weeds.’ Again, God was bringing this lesson home to me. Let me explain.
I speak faith 99.9% of the time. I have the positive down pat, however, if I see something seemingly negative I may speak the truth about that as well. I had the positive but was failing on the lack of the negative. I knew what God was showing me and I knew this was a key factor to the thing the other person told me about myself. So, I started watching myself. I started watching what I said if someone pulled out in front of me, or if someone showed me something and asked my opinion. I just started watching my mouth for the responses coming out of it and I only did that for one day. I was shocked at myself.
Today is Friday, I am being mostly silent. Because I am determined to allow God to change this in me, I am determined to not only speak faith but to remove all negative from my speech as well – my opinion matters not, the only thing that matters is what God or his word says about the situation or the thing or whatever it is I am responding to.
Ephesians 4:29 says; Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. NKJ
The Message Bible says; Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
Now, let me be clear, I am not talking about cursing – I am talking about using words and responses that help instead of words that bring a negative atmosphere…because each word is a gift. I am talking about using words that impart grace and blessings instead of negativity.
Psalm 19:14 says; Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.
Friends, I encourage you today; sow seeds that are good, but refuse to water the weeds. Did you know when you speak negative words about a situation – even if they are factual – that it only solidifies the situation? On the other hand if you say only what God says you can change the outcome. Speak faith – and refuse to come into agreement with anything negative. Let your heart be filled with God’s word and speak his word only. And remember Gods thoughts toward you are ONLY good.
Let me give you a challenge today; set a guard over your words – listen to your reactions – let me know how many times you speak negative without thinking first. I was surprised, you may be as well. Have a blessed beyond measure week! We love you and we are praying for you today.