It’s been a rough month for me. I have let myself down. Others have let me down. My expectations in many different areas of my life did not go as planned. I felt depressed and hopeless at many different points. It wasn’t just one thing; it was months of mostly unrelated situations piling on top of each other. I am coming out the other side. It is not because of my determination or my strength. It is because I believe that God is faithful and that His promises to me will come to pass. I chose to speak life over myself.
One thing I have always tried to do is not to speak negatively over myself regardless of my circumstances and feelings. I may be in a negative space but I don’t speak it over myself. I may lose but I don’t call myself a loser. Though I may fail a bunch, I speak over myself that I am more than a conqueror. I speak life. I had been feeling very depressed and said two or three times to people who cared about me that I was feeling depressed, not that I was depressed. There is a big difference between who I am and how I am feeling. Here are a couple verses that I feel directly relate:
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. – Proverbs 23:7
Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. – Proverbs 4:23
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:2
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. – 1 Peter 1:13-14
My big takeaway from these verses and others I have read is that what I think has a large impact on my life. I believe the key to how to do this is on what we chose to focus our minds on which can be seen in 1 Peter 1:13. This is also seen in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
My focus determines where I am going. I find when I focus on my current circumstances or my past I get lost in a self-reflective abyss. When I turn my focus toward God and renew my mind through the word (Ephesians 5:26) I am able to step into the righteousness, peace, and joy He has for me (Romans 14:17).
I had some time to refocus and spent some time with God. During my time I watched a video that had just been posted on YouTube a couple days previous by Bethel Music called “I Am No Victim” by Kristene Dimarco. I began to say the words to the song and speak them over my life. As I did things changed for me. God met me there.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
I want to encourage you to speak life to dreams or situations in your life that may feel dead. Ask God how He sees you and what His truth is. Speak His truth, not what you feel or see (2 Corinthians 5:7). Speak Life! If you are having trouble, find someone who can kick-start you by speaking life over you!
Thanks for taking the time to read my post! Be blessed!