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Speaking To Your Future Self

Speak Your Future To Your Future

We live in a complex world with seemingly complex people. One day I was driving on the interstate and I saw a person who was driving, had a cell phone held to his ear with the help of his shoulders, at the same time, taking notes on a PDA, and at brief pauses taking a sip of coffee that was resting on his dashboard. We are busy people. I meet people who say, I wish I had two more hands, or two more eyes at the back of my head but I have yet to meet people who say, I wish I had two mouths. I think it’s because we know that the one we have gets us in trouble more than anything else. I remember a illustration that proves this well.

A man working in the produce department was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce. He replied, “Half a head? Are you serious? God grows these in whole heads and that’s how we sell them!”

“You mean,” she persisted, “that after all the years I’ve shopped here, you won’t sell me half-a-head of lettuce?”

“Look,” he said, “If you like I’ll ask the manager.” She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store. “You won’t believe this, but there’s a lame-braided idiot of a lady back there who wants to know if she can buy half-a-head of lettuce.”

He noticed the manager gesturing, and turned around to see the lady standing behind him, obviously having followed him to the front of the store. “And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half” he concluded. Later in the day the manager cornered the young man and said, “That was the finest example of thinking on your feet I’ve ever seen! Where did you learn that?”

“I grew up in Grand Rapids, and if you know anything about Grand Rapids, you know that it’s known for its great hockey teams and its ugly women.”

The manager’s face flushed, and he interrupted, “My wife is from Grand Rapids!” “And which hockey team did she play for?”

God in His wisdom gave us two sets of legs, hands, ears, eyes, and yet one Tongue. Our tongue dictates Life or death, blessing or cursing. There is tremendous power in our tongue. In the book of James, the tongue’s power is compared to a bit in a horse’s mouth and also a rudder on a ship. As a bit in a horse’s mouth can turn the entire body of a horse, and a rudder can change the entire course of a ship, so can one’s tongue change the entire course of one’s life.

We may have inherited much of our past but we create most of our future. We start out in a world created by others, but gradually over time we change that world into one of our own creation. A new world created by our actions, decisions, and words. Many of us understand how important decisions and actions are, but most do not realize how important are the words that we speak. Our words can create beautiful things or destroy beautiful things.

Spiritually speaking, we all call carry a loaded gun right below our very noses. It is called our mouth. Too many of us shoot it off way too often and way too much. We end up hurting others and hurting ourselves. Do not curse your future; bless your future. Speak out things that you would want and not the things that you would not want. If you do not like the way your life is today, change the way you speak today. Change your words. Words that we have been spoken in the past have for the most part shaped the world we live in today.

I am not saying that you or your words are responsible for the terrible things others may have done to you. You did not cause their actions. However, through faith in God you can now build a good life no matter what may have happened to you in the past. The point is this – do not inadvertently curse your own future by retelling the negative things of the past.

The words you speak today create the future you’ll have tomorrow. Believe for the best and speak the best. It takes both because believing by itself is not enough. You do not get what you believe; you get what you believe and say. Again, this is not just positive confession. It is confession of God’s Word, for in it is the Will of God for your life.

Active believing includes speaking and doing. When Jesus cursed the fig tree, He spoke to it. {Mark 11} He did not just believe that it would dry up from the roots and die. He believed and commanded it to dry up from the roots and die. He spoke His desired result. He then commanded His disciples to do the same thing, except that He gave them a much bigger example – a mountain.

Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God! For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he said shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said. {Mark 11:22, 23}

In the above verse, believing is mentioned one time and speaking is mentioned three times. We mostly get the believing part but leave off the speaking part. We do not realize that belief is released into the world by speaking. Speaking your desired future is not lying or denial. We do not deny current conditions. We are simply calling forth the true conditions that we are believing for. We do not deny the facts of our current world, but choose to believe and receive the truth, that God will change the natural condition. In the natural, Abraham was a fatherless old man, way beyond the age of having children, but God spoke to him and called him to be a Father of Many Nations.

“I have made you the father of many nations.” He (Abraham) is our father in the presence of God whom he believed–the God who makes the dead alive and summons the things that do not yet exist as though they already do. Romans 4:17

God calls those things that do not exist yet as though they already exist. We are to do the same. Hebrews 11:1 says that, ‘Faith is the reality of things hoped for, the evidence of thing not yet seen.’ Faith speaks to the things that do not yet exist ‘as though they already do’ exist. Speak your faith continually and someday it will exist.

This does not mean that we can speak anything we want into existence. Our power comes from faith, and faith comes from what God has promised in His word. Take your needs and desires to Him and His word. If you find a promise that supports your desire, find out what the conditions are and meet them. Then speak that promised desire out of your mouth until you believe it and continue to speak it out until you receive it.

We must continue to hold firmly to our declaration of faith. The one who made the promise is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

By faith, you can create new worlds of blessing in your life similar to how God created new worlds. He spoke them into existence (Hebrews 11:3). The Bible says that things can be created out of nothing by the spoken word of God. Speaking faith is the power that gives us the victory. It is how we are to overcome evil.

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Revelation 12:10, 11

It says that we overcame the evil one – by the (shed) Blood of the Lamb and the (spoken) word of our testimony. Go out there and find the will of God, and then speak it into existence.

Dream Big – Hope Big – Believe Big – Speak Big – Receive Big

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