I must remember that my words are what make my thoughts visible, so when I am thinking negative, I speak negative. In choosing to be negative I am speaking death to myself and those around me. GOD wants me to speak HIS truth no matter what I am going through. HE wants me to speak life into the problems of my life, and not allow them to take over my life. HE wants me to be positive amidst the storms of my life, and hold onto the hope that can only come from HIM.
I know that my words affect my mood, and the people who come in contact with me. Therefore I must choose to speak life, and not just run my mouth, and in return let my mouth run away from GOD. The people who know me best know that I am a "talker." I love talking to people, I love hearing their testimony, and I love hearing how GOD is working in their lives. I am also drawn to the broken hearted, as GOD has created in me a compassionate heart and desire for help the lost find peace, and hope in HIM.
I know that when I choose to allow my thoughts to be positive, I will speak in a positive manner. In speaking positive, I will live positive, and I will become a living testament for anyone who I encounter. Therefore, I must choose to practice discipline and self-control so that I will model CHRIST for those around me, and be a witness to them so that they too can receive Salvation through HIM.
GOD wants me to know that when I allow my thoughts to be negative, then my words become negative, and in speaking negative I am speaking death. In choosing to speak death, I will become miserable, and will not keep very good company. When I speak death my sadness and life's problems only increase.
I know that when I am feeling depressed the only way out of the depression is to choose to think positive. In order to be positive, I must think of my blessings, so that I will be able to control my thoughts, and then I will be able to control my actions. I must control my thoughts, before they control me. I must allow GOD to work in me and to teach me to speak life with all of my words.
GOD wants me to speak life, HIS truth, HIS words, HIS hope, HIS love, HIS promise, HIS grace, HIS tenderness, HIS forgiveness, HIS encouragement, not only to me, but to everyone around me. GOD wants me to be a "contagious" CHRISTIAN!
I must approach every day as an opportunity to speak life to those around me, as my pastor says, "make JESUS famous." I must choose to speak HIS truth, so that HIS words can speak life into "the walking dead."
So often I fall into the trap of "my problems," seeming bigger than they really are, and they consume me, therefore I "feel" that I should talk about them. However, in talking about them 99.9% of the time I am negative, and nothing good comes out of my "running" my mouth, and most of the time I feel even worse then I did before I even said anything. GOD doesn't want me to dwell on my life's problems, but rather dwell on the blessings I receive on a daily basis. HE wants me to speak the truth of my life, HIS truth of my life.
Today I am meditating on these scriptures, to remind me to speak life, and not death:
"A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!" Proverbs 15:23
"One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble." Proverbs 17:20
"The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives." Proverbs 18:7
"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21
"Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity." Proverbs 21:23