You Are What You Say You Are

The power of words

As a person there is TREMENDOUS power in what you say. As a believer, even more so. Jesus said it like this:

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, ‘Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;’ and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Mark 11:24 KJV)

Notice how He kept emphasizing a certain thing: “For verily I SAY unto you, That whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain…those things which he SAITH shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he SAITH.”

Do ya think He was trying to get a point across?! ;)

There is power in what YOU declare

There is tremendous power in words. That’s why in Old English when describing a lifestyle they would use the word “conversation.”

In a conversation we judge a person by what they say–and our lives, in the long term, will MIRROR what we say. There’s no way around it: our words do become flesh!

Have you ever heard of Jeff Goins?

Of course you have! :)

Jeff Goins is a PHENOMENAL writer with a very large tribe on his blog. He is a writer that speaks to writers. But according to him for years he “played” with the idea of becoming a writer. He was going to be a great writer…someday. Then one day his friend gave him some advice that changed his life:

“You don’t have to want to be a writer. You are a writer; you just need to write.”

From there he started calling himself a writer…and the rest is history.

As people we really don’t take what we say serious enough…but God puts special emphasis on it:

“A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth…” (Proverbs 12:14 KJV)

“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” (Proverbs 12:20 KJV)

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”  (Proverbs 12:21 KJV)

In fact, one of the biggest problems with Israel in the wilderness was their incessant complaining and belly-aching. In other words, their mouths. In fact, God got so fed up He gave them what they kept saying they would get:

“How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you.'” (Numbers 14:27-28 NKJV)


That what you continually declare is what will eventually happen.

No matter what: speak blessings over your life

Now I’m not going to say this is easy. Heck, I had a difficult day yesterday and I sure as heck didn’t FEEL blessed. I kept my peace for most of the day but there was a portion where I did let my tongue slip.

I’m not proud of it.

But I might as well be honest about it.

But truth is: this is something that God has really been dealing with me on. I gotten into a more consistent habit of speaking blessings over my life, my marriage, my ministry, and my kids.

So the only piece I will leave with you is this: speak blessings over everything you’re connected to. Why? Simply this:

“By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted…” (Proverbs 11:11 KJV)

If a city is exalted by your blessing, what could be done for your children, your marriage, your ministry, your business, your life?? Stay away from the negative, self-defeating words that just makes things worse. Don’t be like this guy:

“As he loved cursing so it let come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing so let it be far from him.” (Psalms 109:17 KJV)

Instead, release the power you have and speaking blessings over your life!

Let’s start:

  • I am blessed and highly favored.
  • I am the head and the not the tail.
  • I am above only and not beneath.
  • I am blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.
  • I am more than a conqueror through Him that loves you.
  • I am enriched with all wisdom and knowledge in Christ.
  • No good thing does He withhold from me because I walk uprightly.
  • The Lord increases me more and more, me and my children.
  • I am blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth.
  • Because the Lord is with me I prosper in everything I do and everything I touch is blessed.

Is there anything else you can think of?

(Source: Positive Med)

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  1. Wow. Powerful post, Mike. Great lesson and teaching. I like the way you don’t use just a few verses to back your interpretation of scripture, you pack them on. Our Father used this to speak directly to my heart today… a day in which I needed it desperately. May our lives be marked by humility and honor by the power of He who dwells within us. Thanks, Mike.

    • Thanks Floyd. I appreciate that. I have always been a “Word” man and I DO NOT like when people have a strong argument about something spiritual with one or none Scriptures. And since God has really been dealing with me regarding this I’ve been doing some studying.

      I’m also glad that this was able to encourage you. Thank God for that!

  2. Kari Scare says:

    Just posted today about being significant & important because of God’s value of us. We have to program our words & thinking for positive & not let negative drag us down.

  3. Thank you for this powerful reminder. I have a post I was holding back, but this is an encouragement to go ahead with it. Jesus did charge us to declare and make our confession full of powerful words. Life and death is in the power of the tongue and we must chose life. I like your confession at the end, where the words of truth are scripture. We must walk and talk like Jesus.

    • Amen! I’m glad was able to use me in this regard :)

      We really do have to speak to mountains, debt, defeat, and discouragement. We have to speak words of life…abundant life.

      I’m glad you enjoyed this Hazel.

  4. It’s draining to be around someone who is negative all the time. It takes no courage to discouraged others and ourselves but courage to speak encouragement. It’s one of those on purpose learned characters we must develop by using a lot. .Great post my brother. I am blessed because my life is hid in Him.

    • Agreed! God has really been dealing with me about being negative and I’ve made it a habit to not be around negative people.

      I never thought of that: “It takes no courage to discouraged others and ourselves but courage to speak encouragement.” Thank God for some courageous people out there…thank God you’re one of them :)

  5. Larry Poole says:

    Powerful post! Definitely retweeting this one tomorrow.

    In Mark Batterson’s “The Circle Mker” he says, “The transcripts of our prayers ultimately become the scripts of our lives.”

    I think you could also say, “What we speak with our lips becomes the life that we live.

    Your life follows your words. That’s why we must always be encouragers!

    Great word!

    • Ooooohhhhh. I read this last night and I immediately started looking into the book. That is some deep wisdom there.

      Thanks Larry. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Who’s Jeff Goins? Just kidding:)

    There is life and death in what we speak. The words we have really influence and impact our life, either for the good or bad. Great post and thoughts Mike!

  7. Abraham Yemi Opaleye says:

    Positive. Thank you for this expository life-changing post. You are blessed all-round in Jesus’ Wonderful Name.

  8. I think the words we use and the way we use them do make a big difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us. If we tell lies we will eventually start to believe those lies and start to act on those lies, however, when we speak truth we strengthen the faith that we already have and we also strengthen the faith of others.

    • Absolutely. The lips of the righteous feed many. We have to make sure only encouragement, truth, and God’s will proceed from our mouths. I’m glad you enjoyed it Caleb! :)

  9. Dave Arnold says:

    This is powerful Mike! How we speak, what we think about, is who we are. And Paul tells us to think on things that are true. Thanks for this much-needed reminder!


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