What we say can also torch our lives.
Here’s what we now know from psychology, science, human achievement and business — our personal language affects our world.
Sometimes it’s best (for everything and everyone concerned!) that we just stop talking.
God: “Where’s the mute button?”
The Creator was up to something big. Yet, He could not trust Zacharias to continue speaking about what He was doing.
“Zacharias, your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. And you will have joy and gladness …it is he who will go as a forerunner before Him … to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
This was great news! The old priest and his wife will leave their barren years behind them. Their son will prepare the way for the expected Messiah.
So God reached for the mute button.
Zacharias was unable to speak until his son was born. The next words which flowed from his mouth were after the delivery of his son: “His name is John.”
Muteness was a gift.
Need more scriptural proof God will use the mute button to actualize His purpose in the earth? Consider the Israelites, who after saying in the wilderness they were unable to possess the Promised Land, were forbidden to say anything as they marched around Jericho for six days.
Pray it. Then … say it forward.
Especially as a Christ-follower, what we say is powerful.
Our belief-filled speech actually creates the space for the new thing. Like a lantern or light which gives us enough light to advance forward, our personal language releases the possibility before us.
Jesus says to us that faith is speaking. We say it forward …
“Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.
And we say it forward because we pray it forward …
“Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.”
See Mark 11:22-24.
Just stop talking!
Zacharias thought he could say whatever he felt like saying!
We’re just the same. If we can’t speak in harmony with the higher design, it’s best not to speak at all.
Father, deliver me from the everlasting compulsion to comment on everything, saying things from that natural place in me, that place that is slow to believe.
What is this felt-need (is it an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder of some sort?) to spread my personal omniscience (!) about everything … everywhere … at all times?
Thinking and speaking inaccurately costs us in a big way.
You are powerful. Words express your internal state. You matter.
As we pray, think and speak in harmony with the higher design from the Creator, we partner with what He is doing. This is what he is looking for. This is our opportunity.
When faced with a challenge or a need for a new season, commit yourself to overcoming by telling yourself there is a way forward and that you will discover it. As we speak to ourselves in this way, we actually open ourselves to the opportunity for new and innovative pathways to emerge. Listen in on this conversation between Ken Robinson and Michael Hyatt …
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