I begin by reading from Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet:
“And then a scholar said, Speak of Talking.
And he answered, saying:
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart, you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.” Kahlil Gibran
An old Chinese proverb says, “We have two ears and two eyes but one tongue in order that we may see and hear twice as much as we speak.”
The most powerful vehicles we have are the words within our minds. They are the tools that create all the experiences of our lives. We always are using the power of the spoken word; and sometimes, we don’t even realize it.
What we need to realize is what are the words we are speaking – – what kinds of conditions or experiences do we create with our minds.
Have you ever stopped to think that our lives are the results of the words that we speak.
Scripture says this: “By thy words, thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
Does God condemn us by our words?
No. We condemn ourselves by the words we speak – and we do it continuously by what we say and what we believe. Our words become reality because as we proclaim things in words either out loud or to ourselves, it starts to happen.
“One man went to his Minister for help. He had many health problems. In a short while, it was quite evident to the Minister that this man was excessively negative. The Minister invited the man to affirm this next statement 20 times a day: EACH DAY I AM HEALTHIER AND HEALTHIER.
Well, the man returned in a week looking and feeling much worse.
His complaint this time was that he couldn’t use the affirmation very well because he kept losing count. The Minister said, “Well, take a string and tie 20 knots in that string.
Every time you say the statement, move your fingers down to another knot and you won’t have to count.
The man left pleased. When he came back the third time, he was looking worse than ever.
”What are you doing?” asked the Minister. “Just what you told me,” said the man.
”Twenty times a day I say, ‘Each Day I’m Getting Healthier and Healthier . . . knot.’”
He was negating every positive statement that he made. This is a funny story, but I hope it hits home and makes a point for your life,
When you listen to yourself, I pray that you will hear wonderful/ positive things; not frightening /negative things. The problem is, a lot of people say and believe very negative thing about themselves.
They are their own worst enemy. Are you? Am I?
Matthew 12:36 (NIV) 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
They are constantly talking themselves down. Then they come to a friend or a Minister for prayer and the Minister prays with them. But, the Minister cannot change a whole lifetime of negative thought about themselves unless they want to change. They have to want to change. Many do not want to change and enjoy being miserable.
I’ll give you an example. Let’s say that every moment of the day, every day of the week, you talked and believed negative things about yourself. Then you came to me, and we prayed.
“That is like if we had a huge tub of water here, the size of a bathtub, and the water is at 70 degrees. Then, we pour in one glass of 90 degree water. It’s not going to change the temperature of the water that much.”
Prayer changes you, not God. You must align your awareness with God. Yet to do that, you have to go the extra mile and change all the other thoughts that are negating that prayer inside of you.
What are you saying to yourself? What are speaking aloud to others about yourself?
Now, let’s suppose, after you have actually gone that extra mile, “that I have a tub of water at 70 degrees and I pour in a lot of 90 degree water. Pretty soon, all the water is going to be 90 degrees. So, that spiritual temperature inside of you will raise towards God’s awareness as you begin, through the power – of your spoken word, (both audibly and silently), to raise your consciousness.
In order to change your consciousness by using prayer, you will involve using all the levels in your mind.
To be born again is an ongoing activity. We are experiencing a rebirth within our spiritual thought, and that includes how we think and how we speak.
The conscious level of our mind is our awareness. We are aware of many things, right now. As you’re sitting here reading this, you’re also thinking about what is for lunch, what you may be doing today or what you did do today. And you’re thinking about many other things. This is your awareness, right now. We all have multiple thoughts.
“Then we have a sub-conscious level of our mind that is everything that is stored up from the past. It is our memory. Your conscious and your sub-conscious combine together to make your field of awareness. This is when you can say, “ I know what I know.”
The mind has another level also.. That is what we call – your super-conscious level of the mind. This is that part in you where spiritual inspiration comes.”
Have you ever sat down to write a letter or an email and you don’t know quite what you are going to write to this friend. All of a sudden the words are coming and you are writing that letter. Or maybe you are at work and you start to work on a business plan, but have no idea how to start. But as you get into it, the ideas come to you. That’s God working in your life in a very practical way – through your mind.
I’ll give you another practical example. I want you to imagine that the screen of your computer can be compared to the conscious level of your mind. It allows you to display the data with which you presently work. This data is called up from the memory of the computer.
The memory is like the sub-conscious level of your mind.
And then, connected to your computer is a modem. That is the part of the computer that allows you to connect with any database anywhere in the world, via the Internet. This could be compared to the super-conscious level in your mind that allows you to tap into the all-knowing God.
Let’s look at our illustration that we are a three-fold being. We are Spirit. We are also soul. We are also body.
Your body is the expressing part of your soul. The soul includes the conscious and sub-conscious minds. Soul makes the body. The body is an outer clothing of the soul. Bodily health is in exact correspondence to the health of your soul.
Now, how do we raise the health of our soul? Well, we program our human computer differently.
Through the power of the spoken word, we say yes and no to our thoughts. We say no to negative thinking. And we affirm inspirations saying YES that come from the super-conscious level. The result inside of you is an overall uplifting of your entire awareness system.
Saying no—Jesus said, “Let all your words be yes, yes or no, no.” Why did He say that? Jesus knows we have that God-given power, inside of us, to take control of our own mind. Jesus was giving us the power that has been held secret for the ages.
He was saying, “You can say no to what you don’t want in your life and it will leave.
You will evict it from your mind. You have a God-given power to reject unwanted habits and addictions. And you will say yes to what you do want, and it will become part of your mind and life.”
When we speak, when we decree, we program our inner-computer. Thoughts held in the mind manifest after their kind in body and in our lives. In other words – what happens in the mind happens in the body.
Here is a story that makes this point more practical. And it is a true story. “A man in New York always said, ”I always miss cabs. The taxi invariably pulls away just as I arrive.” And, of course, he always misses taxis.
His daughter watched this all of her life. Now she says, “I ALWAYS catch taxis. The cab is sure to come just as I get there.” And, of course, she always catches taxis.
Well, are we praying to the “great taxi God?” No. We are becoming more aware. The man who misses taxis totally expects to miss taxis, so he does. He brings it to pass.
What are you expecting to miss in your life?
Maybe it’s your physical health. Maybe your parents had illness so you also believe that you will inherit it. Or maybe your parents were not as successful as they always wanted to be, and therefore you believe that you can’t be a success.
How is your mind programmed? Can you change it?
Yes! You can change it today. No matter what you were yesterday—this is a brand new day, and you make the choice – both consciously and spiritually through the power of your spoken words. Then it is time to take positive action.
There are trillions of cells in our body and mind, and they hear you when you speak – it is like an audience. More importantly you have the “ear” of God.
Have you ever had an old-fashioned chat with a friend?
“This “old-fashioned chat” means getting together with a friend and that “old-fashioned chat”. would contain about 500-1,000 destructive words. The principle topic would be, “Poor Me”on the part of your friend: loss, lack, failure and sickness.
Your reply should be, “No thank you. I’ve had enough old-fashioned chats in my life.
And they’re too expensive. I would be glad to come over and have a new-fashioned chat with you and talk about what we want; not what we do not want or what we are dreading in our life.”
A person can only dare to use his or her words for three purposes: to bless, to heal and to prosper others AND themselves.
We often leave out ourselves. We can see this for others, but we have to think about ourselves.
There’s an old farmer’s saying: “Curses, like chickens, come home to roost.”
Are you cursing yourself? If so, they’re going to come home. It’s going to be like the boomerang. It’s going to go out from you and it’s going to come back, hitting you.
In the Bible it says, “Thou shalt decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee.”
It is the Truth about you, today. This works. And it works in the cathedral of your life, in the temple of your body.
All around there are forces that we cannot see; forces that directly affect us. These forces are the forces of God who is all good. And these are just waiting for you to call them forth. They will not respond unless you call them forth. Make yourself a vessel of their creation.
Think about all your words actually coming alive. . Well, your words do come alive. “Our words are like King Kong and our body and mind like Fay Wray. We are creating these monsters with our own mind, our own thoughts, and they are attacking us.” That spiritual part of us is trying to hold these monsters at bay by using only positive, loving thoughts. Who is going to win the battle?
Psalm 141:3-4 (NIV)
3 Set a guard over my mouth, LORD;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
do not let me eat their delicacies.
Here is another story that illustrates my point. “A man was driving in the country late at night when one of the tires on his car went flat. He had a spare tire, but he didn’t have a jack. It seemed that the only thing to do was to walk back to the nearest farmhouse and borrow a jack. So, he got out of his car and started to walk.
On the walk, he talked to himself. “It’s so late, they’ll all be asleep. They won’t like a stranger who awakens them. Since they don’t know me, why would they trust me with their jack? Maybe they don’t even have one. Why, out of meanness they’ll probably refuse to let me have their jack.” He rang the doorbell. He had talked himself into such a state that when the door was answered, he shouted, “I don’t want your silly jack anyway!”
Try to give every sentence this test – “Would a loving God speak this to me?” Say that to yourself every time you speak.
Psalm 1:1-6 (NIV) 1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
This week, I invite you to join me in forming a positive words club. I encourage everyone reading this to commit to only speaking positively to ourselves, to others, and with each other when you come together with friends and family.
A profound difference in the way you feel and the effect that you have on others will start taking place.
When you meet a friend on the roadside or in the marketplace, let the Spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered when the color is forgotten and the vessel is no more.” – Kahlil Gibran
I close with Luke 21:15: “For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversities [that are inside of you] shall be able to withstand.”
God Bless You.
Pray with me.
I pray that you will pray and meditate on these words. Let these words be your words.
Lord, help me to let go of worn-out conditions and worn-out things. Let the perfect and Divine order be established in my mind, my body, my tongue, and the situations of my life. Let it be that I speak in my mind and in my spoken word – only positive, loving thoughts.
Help my tide of destiny turn and everything come my way. Blow the winds of success From North, South, East and West and let them come for my and others endless good.
Let me realize without a doubt that The Christ is now risen in my life. I follow God. I now fulfill my destiny. I am awake to my good, and I gather in the harvest of endless opportunities.
Isaiah 55:11 states, “It shall not return unto me void, but shall accomplish that where unto it is sent.”
Now, With the power of the belief in the spoken word, with the power in the belief of the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Truth of God surrounding me, and the Truth of God’s actions going through me, I give thanks and send love and blessings to each of you.
In Jesus Christ’s name. . . Amen.