Friday, April 22, 2011

Stop Saying that You're Broke

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12

Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 16-17; James 3

Words are powerful. They have the power to create and destroy.

This is something that I need to be more mindful of.
Sometimes when I’m feeling down about a situation I can spew plenty of negative words. The bad thing about this is that the more you hear something, the more you start to believe it.

During the recession times were really tough. I used to talk to friends about how broke we were. It was almost like we would bond over it. We blamed the recession, our jobs and anything else out there to point fingers at. 

But you know what's interesting?
When I stopped saying I was broke and started to say positive things about the blessings to come, i stopped being broke and I started receiving blessings.

This is true in all aspects of life. If you keep saying to yourself and others that you are broke, then you will stay there. It isn’t as hokey as some kind of magical power of words that you might see in a Harry Potter movie, but there is a practical truth to this reality.

Do you remember a time in your childhood when someone that you loved said something discouraging about you? Maybe they called you stupid or said that you couldn’t do the very thing that you dreamed of doing. How did it make you feel? I remember there were times where I heard discouraging words like this and it hurt my heart. I started to wonder if what they said was true. Maybe I wasn’t as smart as I thought or maybe I really couldn’t do what I dreamed of doing.

This same thing happens to us no matter how old we are. If the words that others use can hurt us so deeply then what about the words that come out of our own mouths? What more believable source of truth is there than ourselves (besides God). When you think about it, we are the ones who will have to do the work necessary to change our lives right? So, if you’re always saying that you can’t do something, then odds are you will start to believe it.

But the flipside is true as well. If you start saying “I can” then your mind starts to wrap itself around that idea. Instead of quitting you start to think of ways that you can overcome any of the obstacles that are in your way.

When you think about saying something negative about yourself and others try to stop yourself and instead say that you can, they can, we can.

Get your Obama on!

It may seem like a little thing, but it’s the little things that matter. 


  1. Hello Man of God, this is so true. If we believe by faith we have what we say, God is faithful to give us the petitions we ask for.

    However, we must not speak words contrary because they void out what we've just confessed and believed.

    Your words spoken by faith are seeds to the harvest you're expecting for your life. Keep saying those things you're believing God for and then taking steps toward what your believing and soon you'll have what you've said.



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