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Many of us don’t know or fail to realize our words have power (Pro 18:21). If we use our words to blame God for our situation that means we don’t have faith that He can or will help us resolve our circumstance. Our faith is what makes our words powerful. Our circumstances may appear bleak, but we can’t let our circumstances dictate our response (2 Cor 5:7). If we don’t watch what we say then we will “limit” God’s ability to help us (Mark 6: 5-6).
When I sat back and thought about some of the “storms” I experienced last year, I was able to identify that I was the problem. I could clearly see that some of those storms came ashore because I failed to speak life. I literally spoke my fears into existence. Why should God help me if I think my circumstances are too big for Him to handle?
If you don’t want your words to hinder you from receiving God’s help then it’s important to do the following:
1. Calm down (count to 10)
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. This is a difficult concept to explain to children, but it shouldn’t be when you’re an adult. I get that anger may be your first reaction (trust me, I’ve been there myself), but if you’re trying to watch what you say, then do what you have to do to calm down.
I have literally been teaching myself to count ten before I say anything. I don’t want to make things even harder for myself by speaking death. I only want to manifest life.
Whenever you encounter a difficult situation, the first thing you need to do is pray. When you attempt to rely on your own resources you are going to be sorely disappointed. Our power is limited, but God’s is infinite. However, you can only access it with prayer.
Prayer changes everything. I don’t believe in coincidences or being lucky. There have been several instances in my life (especially last year) where I KNOW that it was definitely Him that brought me through that situation. Prayer is what keeps me blessed.
3.Let it go
Yet, this is exactly what God wants us to do. If you have done all that you can do, then God commands us not to worry (Matt 6:25-34). The struggle is REAL when it comes to not worrying about the situation. If it’s a particular dark situation you want to get it resolved ASAP. Asking God for help doesn’t make sense if you still have a desire to “carry your burden.” Matt 11: 28-30
Learning how to let go is going to teach you how to be patient. It will also indicate to God that you trust Him Heb 11:6
4.Get some rest
Whenever I encounter a difficult situation, it causes me to feel anxious, scared, impatient, etc.
On several occasions there have been times that I have stayed up trying to figure out how to resolve a problem. The irony is somehow in my attempt to resolve the problem, I end up having even more questions than answers.
As I’ve gotten older, I’m able to identify that this type of behavior means that I need to sleep. When you’re going through a rough time, your sleep quality tends to deteriorate because you have a lot on your mind. However, that’s also the problem. In the Bible, Elijah was having major problems with Ahab and Jezebel. He literally longed for death. (1 Kings 19: 5-7) Instead God gave him the opportunity to sleep and eat and he was as good as new. The last meal enabled him to travel 40 days and nights until he reached his destination.
Sometimes, when you’re tired you tend to make your problems larger than what they are. They may seem insurmountable, but that’s because you’re relying on your strength. Don’t forget that God has your back.
If you remember all of the above, you will be able to easily watch what you say. You will have no choice but to manifest life.