Romans 8:31-39 (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
As we see here in Proverbs 18, “The tongue has the power of life and death.” Let’s face it, words are powerful! When someone pays us a compliment, it can make a world of difference, transforming our day and possibly even our lives. But the speaker may not even be aware of the impact that their compliment had on us.
Not only are the words we speak to each other important, but also the words we say to ourselves. Every day each of us engages in an internal conversation. In the world of psychology, this practice is called self-talk. During this internal talk, we give ourselves positive or negative feedback. When we do well, we often congratulate ourselves: “I did a great job!” It builds our self-esteem and boosts our confidence. But when we don’t do so well, we can become very critical of ourselves: “Ugh! I’m such an idiot!” The danger comes when we engage in constant negative self-talk. It becomes a self-inflicted wound, resulting in ongoing doubt and fear that we have created within ourselves.
Lisa M. Hayes, a relationship coach, once said, “Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.” I think that is much more important of a statement than we may initially realize.
We need to learn to speak the language of life! We need to get rid of all of our stinking thinking and put God’s Word to work in our lives. Romans 8:31-39 is filled with uplifting truths that we should be telling ourselves:
God is for us (v.31)
Graciously gives us all things (v. 32)
It is God who justifies (v. 33)
Jesus is interceding for us (v. 34)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ (v. 35)
In all things we are more than conquerors (v. 37)
Nothing can separate us from God’s love (vv. 38-39)
I challenge each of us to take the next week of our lives and read this passage each morning before we start our day. See the impact that filling our mind with positivity to begin our days really can have a huge impact on how our day goes. Just give it a try and see!
In addition, I would add two more verses to add to that list to read each day:
2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
13 I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
Ask yourself these two questions:
- Why is it important to know what God thinks and feels about you?
- Make a list of the negative self-talk you commonly use. How could reading these passages each day help us eliminate that kind of talk?
So our assignment is to read these 3 passages each morning this coming week:
2 Timothy 1:7
If we feed ourselves with words of life, it will starve off the negative self-talk. The result is that we will see our lives change right before our eyes. We will see our relationships with others improve. We will see that we are more like the person God designed us to be.
I think that 3 minutes of our life each morning is worth that, don’t you?