Several years ago I taught a psychology of sales class. As part of the curriculum, we dealt with the rejection that all sales people face and how to overcome it. One of the methods was to speak out loud positive things about yourself that you wanted to happen. One exercise in particular had participants write down one attribute they wanted to be stronger in. They would get up in front of the group and say, “I am more courageous!” Then the rest of the crowd would shout back, “You are more courageous!” They were then encouraged to keep repeating it at home over and over until they became whatever it was that they chose in order to get it into their subconscious. Psychologists have proven that you can change your behavior, your mindset and even your attributes by creating new neuropathways for your thoughts to travel down. In order to do that, you had to create new paths and those began by speaking out in faith, if you will, about the new way you wanted your brain to think.
The apostle Paul was a person who faced a lot of adversity after he converted to Christianity. He was thrown in prison, he was whipped five times, beaten with a rod three times, stoned, shipwrecked, put in dangerous situations and so much more. If anyone had a reason to speak negatively, it was him. Yet despite all the troubles he had, he held firmly to his faith and spoke words of faith to the churches of that time. He stayed faithful to God despite what his circumstances were. In prison, he sang praises. In storms, he encouraged others, In pain, he trusted in God’s grace. In whatever he faced, he reminded himself that nothing could ever separate him from the love of God. He knew that his words were powerful not only for himself, but for others as well. He wrote many of his letters, which are the books of the New Testament in the Bible, from prison. He understood the importance of staying faithful to God and speaking words of faith in the most trying times. If Paul did it, so should we.
Psalm 116:10-11 says, “Even when it seems I’m surrounded by many liars and my own fears, and though I’m hurting in my suffering and trauma, I will stay faithful to God and speak words of faith” (TPT). Like Paul and this psalmist, you and I must stay faithful to God and speak in faith about all He has done and will do. Many times our situation and circumstances stand opposed to who God is and what we know of Him. In those times, we must trust in the unchanging nature of God rather than what our physical eyes and mind are telling us. We should sing praises and Bible verses out loud to get them into our mind and subconscious. Remember that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Don’t be afraid to read the Bible out loud, to pray out loud and to sing out loud when you feel surrounded by your circumstances. You will find strength, encouragement and faith to keep moving forward and to keep trusting in God’s plan for your life.
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3 responses to “Speaking In Faith”
I’ve been ruminating over this post all day, Chris. At first I equated your thoughts with name it and claim it theology, or “speak what you want into existence” bunk— like the book “The Secret.” But then I was reading a book this afternoon, by Tim Tebow, and he talks about doing the same thing—speaking positive things into his life. God often lets me see things twice, so I get them through my thick head! I see now that saying positive things to yourself (that are also realistic) is a good thing. “I am capable” sure beats “I can’t do this” any day! Your thoughts (and Tebow’s) come at a pivotal time for me, as I have been asked to take on leadership responsibilities that certainly feel like a stretch. Thank you, brother! Blessings.
I appreciate you not judging too quickly. As I was writing, I thought that some may equate what I was saying with that. I tried to make it clear that it wasn’t what I was going for.
When we speak God’s promises, and remind ourselves of what He said, it builds our faith and encourages us in the process.
By the way, you are capable! God qualifies us even when we try to disqualify ourselves. Stretching is where growth comes from. Pray for wisdom, stay encouraged and lead well.
Thanks, Chris. I confess to speed reading through posts. This sometimes impacts the quality of understanding.