The other day I was coaching a client when she began to complain. “My husband is plain lazy. He just can’t hold down a job. I just need to face the facts—we’ll always be broke.”
I had to stop her right there. She was giving me the facts. She was reporting her circumstances, but she didn’t realize the power of her words. Do you?
Let me explain. There is a huge difference between facts and truth.
In the book of Genesis when darkness covered the face of the earth God didn’t report the circumstances. He knew that things were created by the power of his spoken word released into the atmosphere. He didn’t say, “It is soooo dark here. Darkness is everywhere. It’s never going to change. I can’t see anything. Darkness is hovering over the face of my world.”
No! God declared what he wanted to create. He said, “Let there be light!”
Guess what? You have the same power and authority to create. The Bible says that you are created in the image of God. It also says that His word does not return void. That means His mouth is your mouth and what you declare will not return void.
Resist the urge to report what your present circumstances reveal. Speak into the atmosphere! Release and declare God’s truth.
Maybe this will help. I mentioned earlier that truth and facts are very different. In the book of Genesis it was a fact that the world was dark. Maybe there are facts in your world that are dark. But if you continue to report the facts nothing will ever change. Truth is what God says will be. Facts are what man can report.
If you want to change your circumstances you have to change your words. If you continue to merely report the facts nothing will ever change.
My challenge for you today is this: Change your words and change your circumstances. Declare what you want to create. You will have the very things your lips declare.
Dear Lord, help me put a reign on my tongue! May your Holy Spirit prompt me when I complain and murmur or declare things that disagree with the truth in your word. I thank you that you created me in your image and that your word does not return void. Amen.
Scriptures to Ponder:
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:2-3).
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).
So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the LORD, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: (Numbers 14:28).
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).