The power of words
God gives reverence to his “words” (Psalm 138:2; John 1:1) and so should we. If you tell your child “you’re not gonna amount to anything,” what do you think will happen? Words are like flowers, use the right adjectives, and it will bloom. However, words can also be like a sword that can kill. Speak Life, not death (Mark 5:41).
Focus on “LIFE”
Satan has many schemes to make us feel God is not in control. The devil’s most common strategy is to discourage. However, focusing on Satan’s ability is a way of empowering him. Instead, we must focus on what God can do, his all-surpassing greatness and omnipotence.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits
My sudden overcast
I was frustrated with one of my children who was allowing himself to be overcome by a rebellious spirit. I described to my wife the schemes Satan used. Then a deep sadness suddenly overcame me. I realized I was focusing on the bad things that were happening. Thus I confessed and declared the power of Jesus over the specific problems I had.
I said “Jesus is the Lord of my life,” and that no power can overcome me for “I am a child of God.” Immediately after, joy replaced my depression, and the dark cast left me.
Turn negative words to positive ones
I’m quick to speak my mind, and when I blurted well-meant words that used negative adjectives, my daughter was quick to say “that’s not encouraging Dad.” I had to be careful since then.
If you really must say something bad, use words that sound positive. For example, instead of “you look fat in that dress,” say “that dress doesn’t compliment you.”
Speak life – Shalom!
We should not dwell on what Satan is doing but instead, proclaim what God can do. Here are a few of the “practical declarations” you can speak out loud.
– For your spouse –
“We are one in Christ.”
“My husband/wife is faithful and loving.”
“I call on God’s wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.”
– For your children –
“I have children who are obedient, respectful, and loving.”
“I love my child, he/she is kind and not rebellious.”
“My kids are safe with God, wherever they go.”
– For your household –
“The blood of Jesus covers my home and each member of my family.”
“My home is like a garden of peace, hope, and love.”
“I am blessed, my spouse is blessed, my children are blessed, this house is blessed.”
– For your spiritual growth –
“Every setback I have will work out to be good and beneficial.”
“Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.”
“God loves me, and He promised to stay with me.”
– In sickness and problems –
“I am healed by the power of Jesus.”
“You (health problem) have no power in my body, leave in Jesus name.”
“I am healthy from the top of my head to my feet, from my skin to my bones.”
* Shalom (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם shalom; also spelled as sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) means peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.