So far, we’ve talked about 2 ways to reboot your joy: to review: we reboot our joy with gratitude, and we reboot our joy by changing our perspective.
Both of these are related, and really are like seeds that you plant to yield a crop.
The type of seeds you plant will dictate the type of crop you get.
Today, we’re going to talk about rebooting your words.
For yourself, your words are both seeds you are plantling now, and the fruit of the seeds we’ve planted in the past, they reveal
our level of gratitude.
our perspective and
what we’ve been thinking about.
If the words we speak are seeds, we plant them in our own soul and conscious and subconsicious mind.
Even scientific research shows you believe more of what you hear yourself say about yourself than what you hear others say about you.
For other people, and for ourselves too, our words are seeds that produce life or death.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21 nkjv
The power of the tongue is life and death— those who love to talk will eat what it produces. Proverbs 18:21 isv
So why are our words such a big deal?
To find the answer, we need to go to Hebrews 11:3 and the first chapter of Genesis.
Heb 11:3 the New Living version says it the clearest: By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
Now lets go to Genesis for clarification:
When God created the earth, He used words.
That was His creation vehicle.
8 times in the first chapter of Genesis, it says – “then God said” . . . and whatever He said, is exactly what happened.
Interestingly, the number 8 in the Bible symbolizes new beginnings.
And as if on que, that 8th, “then God said” was talking about Him creating us; and because we were created in His image, our words have power too.
Our words are so powerful that it is like a self fulfilling prophecy. So . . . what are you prophesying over yourself, your spouse, your kids, friends etc.
To compound this . . .
In Matthew 18:19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. NLT
This Scripture is talking about the power of agreement.
Who have you been agreeing with?
Any time we choose to believe and speak what our own soul, mind, or the enemy tells us about ourselves and others, instead of what God says, we are agreeing with the wrong side of the equation.
Have you been in agreement with the enemy? Believing and speaking what he says about you and those in your sphere of influence.
“Nothing is ever going to change.”
“I’m an idiot,”
“I never do anything right.”
I know I’ve been guilty of this. I love it that I have people in my life who love me enough to bust me when I do this. I know better, but sometimes I still fall into the trap.
So, if we want to increase our own personal joy let’s look at what the word says.
A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! Proverbs 15:23 NKJV
Here are 3 ways to increase your joy
1. Determine you will speak life not death – take time to think before you speak, ask yourself will this build up or tear down?
2. Speak in due season – ask yourself is this the right time? The right thing at the wrong time is still wrong.
So many people these days struggle with depression. We never know what impact our words of kindness will have on them. You may be the voice of hope in their life.
How many times have you said something encouraging to someone only to have them tell you, “That is exactly what I needed.” Or, “You don’t know how much that meant to me.”
3. When you’re short on joy, find someone to encourage. When you lift others, you automatically lift yourself.
Words are a gift from God use them wisely!