Prediction About Your Future
What you SAY to yourself when you TALK to yourself can predict your future. These are called "self-fulfulling prophecies." And while we cannot speak things into existence (only God can do that), what we say to ourselves does impact our spiritual, emotional, and psychological well-being.
The Power of the Tongue
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” The tongue not only influences what we say to ourselves but also what we say to others. Dale Carnegie once said, “When we are not engaged in thinking about some definite problem, we usually spend about 95 percent of our time thinking about ourselves.”
Victor versus Victim
If we allow the truths of Scripture to shape our inner dialogue, we empower ourselves to live as a victor and not a victim. Examples of constructive self-talk, rooted in Scripture, things you can say and count on, include: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
The Power of Scripture Over You
Justin Peters in a recent webinar showed a graphic from a study done by the Center for Bible Engagement called the “Power of 4” Effect and found that the life of someone who engages scripture 4 or more times a week looks radically different from the life of someone who does not. In fact, the lives of Christians who do not engage the Bible most days of the week are statistically the same as the lives of non-believers. The study went on to show that for someone who engages the Bible 4 or more times a week is: 407% more likely to memorize scripture, 228% more likely to share faith with others, 59% less likely to view pornography, and 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness.
How to Know the Truth about What Is In Your Heart
The truth is, our thoughts are really a reflection of what’s in our heart. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” This same principle extends to our internal dialogue as well. When we fill our hearts with God's truth, our self-talk will naturally be, constructive. When we fill our hearts with negative thoughts, our self-talk will naturally be destructive.
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