As I prepare for our prophetic training that is being released all month long, I think about how much power our words really have. As a prophetess and Apostle called and ordained by God, I can’t ignore the fruit of my words. Although I have walked with God over 25 years, it took me a long time to mature spiritually in the things I said. I still have to watch the words that I speak now because I’m a jokester and love to laugh. However, joking or not, there’s a time and a place for everything and I am quickly learning that jokes made with negative words have no place in the Kingdom.
There are many things that we should not say. I could probably write a book on the things that we shouldn’t allow to come out of our mouths. Our words have dynamic power. So much power that scripture reminds us that in Proverbs 18:21, “death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” So what are these things?
- “I’ve tried praying and it doesn’t work.” WHAT? That is impossible! If your prayers are going unanswered, what are you asking? I have found many people call themselves “praying” to God only to discover they are complaining to God. Never in their conversation do they ask the Lord to take care of the problem or give them wisdom on next steps. You must also listen for an answer because prayer is a 2-way street. Both get the opportunity to converse and it is very important to listen to what God is going to say.
- “I’d rather die.” Nothing in this world is worth your life. Dying in Christ is a beautiful thing when you’re ready and prepared. The Lord even says in Psalm 116:15, ” Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” If you are experiencing major setback and tragedy in your life that you don’t know how to deal with, seek out the leadership of your church or go for a Christian counseling session. Life coaching is great for people who are in a healthy mindset looking to better their life but are not suicidal, ridden with extreme pain and grief, etc.
- “I don’t have time to pray.” You must always have time to pray. A new day cannot be fruitful without God’s direction in it. We must remember that we need God more than we could ever imagine and that no time for prayer means no direction for our life.
- “It’s too hard to be saved.” It’s too hard to imagine the alternative to salvation. I cannot imagine hell. My life is worth me fighting for no matter how difficult it may seem at the time. We perish for lack of knowledge and we have not because we don’t ask. What makes life hard in Christ is when we are not obedient. It’s hard to live a life in Christ that you can be proud of when you are not trying your best. Also at the core of this is that when you are following Christ and you are simply overtaken with trying to figure everything out and want to quit, remember you are human. God is not looking for perfection but a willingness to try. Know that perfection is only in God and that we don’t have to get approval from anyone else’s views on our life but God.
- “God’s not through with me yet.” By far this is one of the statements I don’t like hearing the most. It is something that’s said to give people an excuse to act unseemly and worldly. God will never be through with us and long as we live because we are forever in learning mode with him. If you’re wrong, simply say that you’re wrong and move on to forgiveness with God. Stop carrying out excuses after excuse as a reason to do wrong.
- “God knows my heart.” Again another statement among those that I don’t like the most. For the same reason as listed in number 5, it is a statement of defeat. God does know our hearts and they are desperately wicked so that is of no benefit to say. Allow yourself to be human and stop putting unrealistic expectations on yourself. If things are difficult for you to get through right now, take it one day at a time. If that’s too much, take it a half day. No one can dictate how to walk out your saved life. Some people can plan out by the week, month or year and some of us have to plan literally day by day and for those struggling with addictions or great hurdles to overcome, live for Christ hour by hour. God has your back and he will not disappoint.