Lately, I've been meditating on this scripture.
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.
My focus is the end of the verse "for whatever is in your heart determines what you say". To be a success in life, we need to watch what we say. Proverbs 18:21 says, The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
It is human nature to "talk" about the issues of life. The more we talk about issues the more we expect the issues to happen in life. I recently read "Our expectations have a tremendous impact on our attitudes. Negative expectations are a quick route to a dead-end thinking." Here is an example of a negative expectations - it's review time on your job. Your thought, I never get the raise I deserve. Another example, it's spring, I always have allergies in the spring. Examples of negative expectations that I know you've heard or said at one time or another.
Positive expectations bring a positive attitude. They produce excitement, conviction, desire, confidence, commitment and energy - all characteristics that help a person achieve success. What if we adjusted our "talk"? What if for 24 hours we removed every negative word from our mouth? What if we started speaking what we truly want to see in our lives?
When your words are lined up with what God's word says and you start EXPECTING the word to work, you will start to see success in all areas of your life.
The key is I've got to know what the Bible says about me. Take a look at what it says about you:
I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).
I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).
I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).
I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).
I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17-18).
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me (Mark 16:17-18; Luke 10:17-19).
I have put off the old man and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9-10).
I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).
I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).
I can do all things through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).
I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
I am God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).
I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).
I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22,25).
I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).
I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).
I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11).
I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4).
I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).
I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).
I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19).
I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).
I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).
I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).
I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).
I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus (James 4:7).
I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward (Philippians 3:14).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
It is not I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).
Joshua 1:8 says, Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
I encourage you to read these scriptures over and over and day after day. This will build what's in your "heart" this will change your "talk" and your "expectations" will change. God is for you and when you fill your spirit and your mind with what He says you are and what He says you can have you will be a successful individual that can't be stopped!
Take this challenge for 30 days. Read the verses out loud every morning and every night. I can guarantee you are going to see "issues" start to change in your life. You're going to wake up with purpose and you're going to feel amazing. Put God to the test and let Him show Himself strong in your life!
Linda Scott is the administrator of Word of Life. She has served at Word of Life for several years alongside her husband Terry.