Step Towards Transformation
Words have creative power. When you speak something out, you give life to what you’re saying. It’s one thing to believe that you’re blessed, that’s important, but when you SAY, “I am blessed,” it takes a whole new meaning; that’s when blessings come looking for you.
Psalm 107:2 (KJV)..2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so
It doesn’t say, “let the redeemed think so, believe so, hope so”; that’s all good, but you have to take it one step further and say so.
If you’re going to go to the next level, accomplish a dream, overcome an obstacle, break an addiction, you’ve gotta start declaring it. It has to come outta your mouth; that’s how you give life to your faith.
Illustration: when God created the worlds, He didn’t just think them into being; He didn’t just believe there would be light, land, oceans, animals. He had it in His heart, but nothing happened until He spoke.
How did Jesus use words productively in the New Testament? Especially in the healing miracles Jesus spoke words with authority:
Ephesians 5:1, Be ye therefore followers (imitating, walking like, talking like, acting like) God.
Matthew 12:37 says, “for by thy words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
It’s the same principle today;
What’s the problem? Nothing happens until you speak. Instead of just believing you’re going to get out of debt, you’ve gotta say so; declare every day, “I’m coming out of debt. I’m the head and not the tail. God’s favor surrounds me like a shield.”
When you speak, just like when God spoke, things begin to happen. Opportunities will find you; good breaks, promotion, ideas will track you down.
When you talk like that, the angels go to work, opening up new doors, lining up the right people, arranging things in your favor. All of us are hoping, believing , praying about something; are you giving life to your faith by speaking it out?
Psalm 91:2 (NIV)..2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:3-4 (ASV)..3 For he will deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence.4 He will cover thee with his pinions, And under his wings shalt thou take refuge: His truth is a shield and a buckler.
Notice the connection; I will say and He will do. It doesn’t say, “I believe He’s my refuge, strength,” no, the psalmist went around declaring it, speaking it out: “the Lord is my refuge, strength.” Notice what happened; God became his refuge, strength.
God was saying, in effect, “if you’re bold enough to speak it, then I’m bold enough to do it.”
Whatever God’s put in your heart, it needs to get in your conversation. Talk like it’s going to happen, already on the way;
Illustration: one Sunday school teacher of a church had been trying for a long long time to have a baby. Over ten years no success. One day she made the statement to her pastor, “when I have my baby I’m going to be out for a couple of months we’ll have to find somebody to fill in”. Well Ithe pastor thought she was pregnant and nobody had told him. So he didn’t act surprised or say anything. After the meeting the pastors sister was in there as well. The pastor asked his sister, “why didn’t you tell me she was pregnant? She said that she’s not pregnant. She just talks like it’s going to happen. This went on for years
When I have my baby.. When I get pregnant.. When my child shows up..
What was she doing? Saying so. She didn’t just believe it, she was declaring it in the natural. She was getting too old to have a baby. Her doctors told her it wasn’t going to happen. It looked impossible. Most people would have given up and accepted it but not this lady. She kept saying so. She kept declaring it… when my baby shows up.
Do you know 20 years later she gave birth not to one baby but to two. She had twins. She declared of the Lord and God did what he promised.
The opposite of Psalm 91; “I will not say of the Lord and He will not do.”
That’s the principle; nothing happens until you speak.
Illustration: when we were trying to acquire this enjoy Chevrolet car, ruth and I would say. Father thank you for fighting our battles. Lord thank you you’re making a way where we don’t see away. We didn’t just think about it, pray about it, believed that it would happen. And that’s all important but we took one more step and declared that it was ours. It became a part of our everyday conversation. At the dinner table we would say “when we get the car we could do this. We did not say “it’s going to be very expensive. Where we’re going to get the funds
We declared it and God did it.
What are you saying of the Lord?
“my problems are really big, my dreams look impossible, my marriage is so messed up, we’ll never be restored.”
No, don’t talk about how big your problem is, talk about how big your God is.
When you say of the Lord, “You’re my healer, way-maker, dream-giver, restorer, vindicator, health, peace, victory, that’s when God will show up and do more than you could ask or think.
Illustration: one couple were believing to have another child. They have a daughter but they really wanted to have a son. Every time the wife got pregnant she had a miscarriage. This happened five times in nine years. They were very discouraged and tempted to give up. The man’s name is joseph and every called him joe. But one day he read that his full name joseph means- god will add. When he saw that something came alive on the inside. He knew god was saying i’m gonna add to you a son. He remembered the story in the scripture, where god changed abram’s name to abraham which means father of many nations. God gave abraham a child a son at a very old age when it looked impossible. Joe decided to go back to using his original name. He told his family, his friends, his coworkers, “don’t call me joe anymore. Call me joseph”. They thought he was having a midlife crisis but every time someone said “hello joseph”, they were saying god is adding. They were speaking victory over his life. He kept saying so declaring it. About six months later his wife became pregnant with the baby boy for the first time in 10 years. She carried him full-term. The baby was born healthy and whole and as a testimony to god’s goodness they named that little boy joseph.
Are you declaring victory over your life, family, career? Nothing happens until you speak.
When you get up in the morning, you need to make some declarations of faith; whatever God’s put in your heart, declare that it will come to pass.
Illustration: I say every day, “I am increasing in the anointing, wisdom, favor, influence. Every message is getting better”. You’ve got to speak favor into your future. I declare every day “hosanna will fulfill her destiny. Her gifts and talents will come out to the full. She will supersede anything that we’ve done”
When you declare favor over your life, future, God will make things happen that should have never happened.
Our attitude should be,
What you keep saying, you are moving towards that saying
Here’s the catch; this works in the positive and in the negative.
f you will change what you’re saying, you will change what you’re seeing.
Romans 4:17 … calleth those things which are not, as though they were.
A lot of times we do just the opposite; we call the things that are as if they will always be that way. We just describe the situation.
Don’t use your words to describe the situation, use your words to change the situation.
If you wanna know what you’re going to be like 5 years from now, listen to what you’re saying about yourself. You are prophesying your future; “five years from now, I’m gonna be stronger, healthier, wiser, better-looking.”
Illustration: our daughter Hosanna was going through some of my pics of the wedding from ten years ago and also going through my latest pictures. As she was comparing the pictures she said “Wow daddy you look better today than you did ten years ago”. I said what would you like me to buy.
Every time you say it, you’re moving toward it. But, if you’re always saying, “I’m so out of shape, “i’ll never lose this weight,” you’re moving toward the wrong thing.
Illustration: a gentleman of about 70years told me “bro when you get old, it’s all downhill”. That was his say-so. He was declaring “i’m going down”. He was calling in poor health, lack of vision, poor hearing. If he keeps that up he’ll keep moving toward it. By the way he looked it seemed he had already been saying it for a long time.
I realized we’re all going to get old. We’re all eventually going to die but don’t make plans to go downhill. Don’t start speaking defeat over your life.
Deuteronomy 34:7 (KJV)..7 And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
He had a clear memory, a strong, sharp mind.
In spite of how you feel, In spite of what’s been passed down in your family line, every day you need to declare, “everything about me is getting better and better: my bones, joints, ligaments, blood, organs, memory, vision, hearing, talent, skill, looks, skin. My youth is being renewed. like Moses i will finish my course with my eye not dim, my natural strength not abated.”
You talk like that, you’re moving towards renewed youth, health, energy, vitality.
You talk like that, and you’re moving toward double for your trouble, away from self-pity and toward God’s goodness in a new way.
One of the best things we can do is take a few minutes every morning and make these positive declarations over our lives.
Write down not only your dreams, goals, vision, but make a list of any area you want to improve in, anything you want to see changed; put that list on your bathroom mirror, and before you leave the house take a couple of minutes and declare that over your life.
Joel 3:10 (NKJV)..10 … Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’
It doesn’t say, “let the weak talk about, discuss the weakness, call 5 friends and explain the weakness,”
NO, you cannot talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can’t talk sickness and expect to have health. You can’t talk lack and struggle and expect to have abundance. You’ve gotta send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.
What you consistently talk about, you’re moving toward.
Proverbs 6:2 (NKJV)..2 You are snared by the words of your mouth
Illustration: a girl had smoked cigarettes from an early age. She had tried again and again but she just could not stop. She was constantly saying i’ll never break this addiction. It’s too hard and even if i do i know i will gain so much weight. This went on for years. One day someone told her what i’m telling you to change what she was saying. To call things that are not as if they were. She started saying i don’t like to smoke i can’t stand the taste of nicotine. I’m going to quit and not gain any extra weight. She said that day after day even when she was smoking and enjoying it. She would say i can’t stand the smoke. She wasn’t talking about the way she was, but she was talking about the way she wanted to be. About three months later one morning she noticed the cigarette tasted funny, almost bitter. She thought she got a bad pack. It got worse and worse. Several months later it had gotten so bad she couldn’t stand it anymore. She stopped smoking and do you know she never gained one extra pound. Today she’s totally free. She broke that addiction in part by the power of her words. She prophesied her future .
Could it be if you would simply change what you’re saying you would see a dream come to pass, a breakthrough, healing, restoration?
Some of you have spent years saying negative things over your life; I can’t break this addiction, my marriage is never gonna make it, i’ll never get out of debt,” no, you’ve gotta send your words out in a new direction; you are prophesying the wrong thing.
Your Life Today is a Picture of what you have Spoken in the Past
Illustration: (Num 14:1, 2, 28-30)
The Tongue Has The Power Of Life And Death.
Illustration: In the Solomon Islands, when the people want to clear the forest for planting or development, they just gather around the big tree, stand around it holding hands and hurl abuses at it the tree for 30 days – they curse it. Slowly and surely the tree begins to wither and it dies on its own
Illustration: A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions.
When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hopeless and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.
Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that the two frogs wouldn’t be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible.
The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could, and after several hours of desperate effort were quite weary.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief.
The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted. His companions began anew, yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and — wonder of wonders!
Finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit.
Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him asked, “Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?”
Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.
This simple story contains a powerful lesson. Proverbs 18:21 “The Tongue Has The Power Of Life And Death…” NIV. Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help them make it through the day. Your destructive words can cause deep wounds; they may be the weapons that destroy someone’s desire to continue trying.
“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” Proverbs 12:18
Illustration: Charles Swindoll tells the story of a man with whom he went to seminary. The man had a bright red birthmark that covered half of his face. After Charles got to know him, he finally had the courage to ask him about his face, and how it was for him to go through life with that birthmark in such a prominent place. His friend explained, “When I Was Very Young, My Father Told Me That My Birthmark Was The Place An Angel Had Kissed My Face So That The Angel Could Always Pick Me Out Of A Crowd.” Then his friend said, “you know, I grew up feeling sorry for those who didn’t have a birthmark.” That man’s father had spoken words of life and those words had transformed his life. The tongue has the power of life and death…I want to speak life, don’t you?
You Have the Authority to Speak into Existence the Life and Outcome you Desire (Job 22:28)
Get in a habit of making these positive declarations over your life. Every day, declare that your dreams are coming to pass. It’s not enough to just believe it, nothing happens until you speak.
When you say of the Lord, God will do what He promised.
Let me lead you in a few of these declarations:
I am blessed, prosperous, strong, healthy, talented, creative, confident, secure, disciplined, focused, attractive, well-liked, I have a good personality, the right people are in my future, the right opportunities are headed my way, I will accomplish my dreams, overcome every obstacle, 2018 is my year, things have shifted in my favor. God is about to show me something that i’ve never seen; it’s going to be bigger, better, greater, than I ever imagined. I am the redeemed of the Lord, and I say so today in Jesus’ name.