Did you know that your doctor wasn’t all the way right? You aren’t what you eat (though what and how you eat are closely related to who you are). You are what you SPEAK. In Matthew 12:34, Jesus put it plainly: Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.
As a people watcher, I see people every day seeming to be completely unaware of what is coming out their mouths. Not just cursing (though a continuous stream of curse words isn’t the most attractive thing)–I hear the kind of words that bring about an atmosphere opposite of what people actually want. Let me give some examples of what I’ve heard in the last few days of just really listening:
- “All I’m good for is hustling”
- “These niggas ain’t shit”
- “I only attract drama”
- “I can’t stand to look at her”
- “That just makes me mad”
- “You just like your daddy”
- “I trust no man”
- “There aren’t any good men out there”
Now, on the surface, much of that just seems like nothing. I can hear somebody saying right now, “It’s just expressions”. But the reality is this: what you say out of your mouth becomes what you believe in your heart and what you believe in your heart comes out of your mouth. If you say something enough times, it becomes what you believe. God designed us that way.
Have you ever met that person who seems to always be in a good mood even when you know their lives are a hot mess? Car broke down, relationship raggedy, house in foreclosure, kids acting a fool, family with a history of failure… yet that person always has a positive attitude? Guess what? You’re reading one right now! My life isn’t THAT bad off, actually, but when times are rough, you’d hardly ever know it. I learned that the biggest trick of the devil is to get you down in the dumps so that you begin to SPEAK negativity. Because what you say comes your way.
So if you’re having a hard time, I am going to challenge you to say the opposite of what you’re feeling. Don’t like the way you look? Say “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Don’t like the way your mate acts? Say “I have a loving, gentle, caring mate who meets my needs.” Don’t like how your kids are acting? Say “Children are a heritage of the Lord, and God promised me that they would be saved.” Now maybe you won’t see an immediate change in your circumstance–but you will begin to see a definite change in yourself. What you believe is what manifests.
Be Blessed! Remember: What you say becomes what you believe, and what you believe becomes what you HAVE.