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There was a certain Christian who said he could not, and doubt rose like a giant and conquered him. He talked of failure, and failure became his lot. He spoke continually of sickness, and sickness plagued him. He declared weakness, and he became weaker.
He told all of his friends and family that his debts could never be paid and that he would never have enough money to make it, and poverty moved in to live with him.
He constantly expressed his fear of the past, present, and future, and that fear gripped him. He stated that his marriage was bad and that his children couldn’t be controlled, and things just got worse and worse in his household.
He scattered his words everywhere and, like seeds of poison, they grew around him. To hear him talk, he had it very bad. He thought God had treated him unfairly, and that God had left him on his own. He did not realize he was to blame.
He did not realize that he, like God, created things with words. It never occurred to him that mankind is the only creation of God that can speak God’s powerful thoughts, and thus be a creator like his Maker.
One day this Christian found the truth about the power of words in God’s Word:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).
“You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth” (Proverbs 6:2).
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23).
This Christian was amazed at the discovery of this spiritual law: A person creates and brings to pass what he continually says. He also discovered that this law works positively and negatively. He became very aware that it had worked negatively—his whole life proved it. He realized that if his life was going to be different, his words had to change.
What did this Christian do? He began to read his Bible in a new light and saw the great redemptive truths therein. For the first time, he began to understand the reason for and the benefits of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Then he began to see himself as God sees him.
God looked at him and said:
You are My child.
You are born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God.
You are forgiven of all sin and washed in the blood of Jesus.
You are a new creature—delivered from the power of darkness and translated into My kingdom.
You are redeemed from the curse of the law.
You are blessed and healed by Jesus’ stripes.
You are strong in the Lord.
You more than a conqueror.
You are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.
You have received the power of the Holy Spirit.
You have power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover.
You have power to cast out demons in the Name of Jesus.
You have power over all the power of the enemy.
You can do all things. The works that I do shall you do, and greater works.
You are My ambassador on the earth to tell every creature the Good News of salvation.
I am with you and will never leave you or forsake you.
He immediately began to say what God said about him. His words changed, and he declared to God and to man what God said about him. He said it in the face of difficult circumstances, trouble, fear, doubt, and oppression.
He continually said:
I am God’s child, for I am born of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God.
I am a new creature in Christ Jesus—delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God.
I am redeemed from the curse of the law.
I am blessed and healed by the stripes of Jesus.
I am strong in the Lord.
I am more than a conqueror.
I am the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
I have the Greater One inside me.
I have received the power of the Holy Spirit.
I have power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover.
I have power to cast out demons in the Name of Jesus.
I have power over all the power of the enemy.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I am an ambassador of Jesus Christ to tell the Good News to the world.
I know that God will never leave me or forsake me.
At first, this Christian made these statements of fact somewhat quietly and timidly. Later, he began to believe in his heart what he spoke with his mouth, and his declarations became bolder and filled with authority.
You cannot think negative thoughts and expect to live a positive life.
His friends thought he was foolish. They even felt he was not telling the truth because things did not look any different. They could not see any evidence of change. But this Christian knew that he had God’s eternal, miracle-working power in his mouth. He knew that God’s Word is quick and powerful (Hebrews 4:12)! He knew that God’s Word, spoken out of his mouth, would create the changes he so desperately needed in his life. So he believed in his heart and continually declared the Word of God with his mouth.
What God had spoken to Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua 1:8), became a living reality to this Christian!
The apostle Paul explained to us in his letter to the Romans that the Word of God “ ‘is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach)” (Romans 10:8).
Change did not happen overnight, but this Christian held fast to his declarations of truth from God’s Word. Discouragement and difficulties rose up against him to try to get those words out of his mouth, but the Christian persevered. He knew that God could not lie, and he was determined to partake of all of the blessings of God.
Days and weeks and months went by. Things were the same at first, but they slowly began to change. God’s Word began to germinate and to produce fruit.
One day this certain Christian realized that he had:
Confidence instead of doubt!
Success instead of failure!
Health instead of sickness!
Strength instead of weakness!
Faith instead of fear!
Courage instead of defeat!
Joy and happiness instead of despair!
This Christian became a stalwart, courageous soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus had made him free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
This Christian had taken the truths of the Word of God, believed them in his heart, spoken them with his mouth, and created his deepest heart’s desire.
A PERSON CREATES AND BRINGS TO PASS
what he continually says.
A powerful step toward living at your full potential is to discover the power of your thoughts and words. As was true of my father’s “certain Christian,” many people live far below their full potential because their thinking patterns are defective. You cannot think negative thoughts and expect to live a positive life. You can’t think thoughts of failure and expect to succeed.
You’ve got to quit dwelling on the negative. Don’t magnify your problems. Magnify your God. The bigger we make God, the smaller our problems become. Quit dwelling on what’s wrong in your life, and start dwelling on what’s right in your life. Learn to focus on your possibilities, on what you can do, on your potential. Then go out each day expecting good things.
Friend, if you are going to live your best life now, you must learn how to control your thought life.
This is a great day to be alive, despite most of the news headlines!
The apostle Paul said that in the closing days before Jesus comes again, “in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1–5).
It will be recorded in history that ours has been one of the most turbulent, violent, and shocking generations that has ever lived upon the face of this earth. I believe this is so because the powers of darkness have unleashed its forces upon humanity in an unprecedented manner.
Every level of society feels the power of this evil assault. Alcoholism, drugs, divorces, violence, staggering debt, and overcrowded prisons demonstrate the hopelessness of mankind. Pornography, profanity, and the bold defiance of every good and noble thing we hold dear have arisen like giants to challenge us. Across our land there are men and women who are determined to use every means possible to destroy our heritage—our trust in God—through which our nation was founded.
There has been a monumental loss of faith in government, the monetary system, educational institutions, and the basic social structures that have bound us together. We see our young people driven to every form of excess, with no moral code to hold their lives together. Not finding help in traditional religion and being unable to cope with the sense of hopelessness in the world around them, many have given up and are willing to experiment with anything that comes along!
Where is our God? Where is the God of America? Where is the God of the nations of the world? Where is the mighty Savior of our grandparents? Where is Jesus?
When I went to seminary, I was educated in a church tradition that taught me “The days of miracles are past” and “Divine healing is not for today.” Comfortably settled behind stained-glass windows, my Christianity assured us that the powers of darkness were not real, but only a figment of our imagination. In truth, these were lies that held us back from experiencing all that God has provided for us in Christ Jesus!
Today, we who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ boldly declare that the day of miracles is not past! Divine healing for the spirit, mind, and body is available to all! We discern the times in which we live, and we know that the powers of darkness are very real. We are not ignorant.
Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has Jesus forsaken us? No, a thousand times NO! The mighty Miracle Worker, the compassionate Jesus, the Redeemer of all mankind, has manifested Himself with a mighty outpouring of His Holy Spirit even in our days.
While the turbulence of the world roars around us, Jesus walks in our midst. His great power and His great love cannot be hidden. Out of the midst of that murky, profane river of lost humanity, there began to be heard a Name; first on the lips of one, then two, then two hundred, and then thousands upon thousands… the Name of Jesus. They beheld Him and experienced His love and transforming power, and they were changed forever!
This is why I say this is a great day to be alive! There is mighty power in the Name of Jesus!
IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS,
Excerpted from Your Words Hold a Miracle by John Osteen Copyright © 2012 by John Osteen. Excerpted by permission.
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1 The Story of a Certain Christian 26
2 The Power of the Name of Jesus 38
3 The Power of Words 52
4 The ABCs of Faith 68
5 Seven Things We Have in Christ 94
6 A Declaration of Deliverance 128
7 A Declaration of Strength to Overcome 142
8 A Declaration of Prosperity and Victory 154
9 A Declaration of God's Abundant Supply 166
10 A Declaration of Victory Over Fear 178
11 A Declaration of What Jesus Is to Me 192
12 Keep What God Gives 202
Posted November 30, 2012
I totally agree with the title of this book - Your words hold a miracle.
Life changing. I would recommend it totally.
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