Reverend Tina Burgess.........................07909107404
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Have you ever come across someone who is a ‘glass half empty’ kind of person? You know, the kind of person for whom nothing is ever quite enough…or who only ever comments on what is wrong with something (society, people, Government, families, the cost of bread…)? After having spent time in their company, how does it affect your mood or your outlook? Does it leave you feeling gloomy or frustrated, cross or complaining?
And that’s the problem when we spend time in the company of very negative people. The conversation soon has you agreeing even if you don’t, because it’s so exhausting to keep counteracting what is being said. The gloom soon catches us.
This is because there is such power in the words we speak. The Bible says many things about the power of the tongue. We have the power to heal and to bless or to tear down and frustrate. (Try Proverbs 11:9, 11:12, 11:17, 15:1, 15:4, 16:24 and 18:4 for starters)
But it can be so easy to let our tongues run on without really being aware of the power or the impact of what we are saying, both on ourselves as well as on others.
Psalm 19:4 says, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer”.
The Psalmist is reflecting on the importance of our words and our thoughts being consistent with God’s words and will. And oftentimes we have to work at this. We have to develop a self-awareness which makes us alert to those times when we are drifting into negativity with our thoughts and words. And to counteract this, we can seek to think and speak the words of truth which God gives us in His word.
I’m not suggesting that we believe in the ‘power of positivity’…but in the power of truth; God’s truth, because our faith is built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, not on wishful thinking.
I came across these statements of truth recently, based on scripture which when said out loud, regularly, really do have the power to change our attitude of heart and mind. If you are struggling with gloom at the moment, you may want to try saying them out loud to yourself and then thank God for his living word which is like drinking the water of life for our souls. The more we receive it the more we are filled by it. We don’t have to be glass half empty people, or even glass half full. We can be overflowing with his living water…and by this, may we bring his life to those around us.
I am a new creature in Christ; old things have passed away, behold, all things are new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I have died and have been raised with Christ and am now seated in heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:5-6)
I am dead to sin and alive to righteousness. (Romans 6:11)
I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. I will speak forth the righteousness of God all the day long. (Psalm 17:3, Psalm 35:28)
I always encourage. I edify and build up; I never tear down and destroy. (Romans 15:2)
I am a believer not a doubter. (Mark 5:36)
I am slow to speak, quick to hear and slow to anger. (James 1:19)
I cast all my care on the Lord, for he cares for me. (1Peter 5:7)
I don’t have a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. (2Timothy 1:7)
I do not hate or walk in unforgiveness. (1John 2:11, Ephesians 4:32)
I am a responsible person. I enjoy responsibility and I rise to every responsibility in Jesus. (2Corinthians 11:28, Philippians 4:13)
I am creative because the Holy spirit lives in me. (John 14:26, 1Corinthians 6:19)
Taken from Joyce Meyer’s list of daily confessions that remind her of the love and power of God. Rev Tina