Probably the biggest lesson I have ever learned in my life is how powerful your words are, especially the words spoken by born again and Spirit-filled believers.
Being raised in a Baptist/Presbyterian home this really was not an emphasis at all in my family. I don’t blame my parents for not understanding any of it, because they just were not informed and you can only really apply the amount of truth that you’re given to your life. However, after my Supernatural Encounter with God at 7 years old, the Holy Spirit began to show me about the power of the words that we declare!!!
Many have taken this Truth in the Word and twisted it into a prosperity doctrine, and while it will have an impact upon every area of your life, it is a transformational thing God uses to mold you and shape you more into the image of Jesus Christ and not to satisfy the lusts of the carnal nature.
I can’t recall just how many times that the enemy has planted things in the mouths of others, the mouths of family members, or even tried to get me to declare his purposes over my own personal life. The enemy knows that as a born again believer, you have been given authority in the natural realm and in the spirit realm over the things which will take place in both arenas, so he is going to try his best to get you to come into agreement with him and use your own authority against you.
NOT EVERY THOUGHT THAT YOU HAVE IS ACTUALLY FROM YOU!!! I used to think that if a thought entered my mind that it was essentially my thought, but way too many times I came to realize that those thoughts often originated in the enemy’s campsite.
[Inasmuch as we] refute ARGUMENTS AND THEORIES AND REASONINGS AND EVERY PROUD AND LOFTY THING THAT SETS ITSELF UP AGAINST THE [TRUE] KNOWLEDGE OF GOD; and we lead EVERY THOUGHT AND PURPOSE AWAY CAPTIVE into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),”
– 2 Corinthians 10:5 AMPC (emphasis mine)
Every thought that attempts to enter your mind is subject to the scrutiny of the Word of God and the Truth of the Holy Spirit! If something doesn’t pass the SPIRITUAL SMELL TEST of the Holy Spirit or doesn’t line up with what you know God has said about your life, it should be grabbed in your mind’s eye, rejected, and TOSSED OUT ON ITS PERVERBIAL EAR by you personally!!!
Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (TEST) THE SPIRITS TO DISCOVER WHETHER THEY PROCEED FROM GOD; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.”
– 1 John 4:1 AMPC (emphasis mine)
While a lot of people will read this verse and apply it only to what other people say from the prophetic realm, I use this to test every Word that tries to enter my mind. While I don’t sit there and ask each thought to confess Jesus Christ, I do look for ITS ORIGINS (where it came from) when it tries to gain entrance especially if the Holy Spirit red flags it for me.
For the rest, brethren, whatever is TRUE, whatever is WORTHY OF REVERENCE and is HONORABLE and SEEMLY, whatever is JUST, whatever is PURE, whatever is LOVELY and LOVABLE, whatever is KIND and WINSOME and GRACIOUS, if there is any VIRTUE and EXCELLENCE, if there is anything WORTHY OF PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS [fix your minds on them].” Philippians 4:8 AMPC (emphasis mine)
If those thoughts don’t fit into one of these categories in my mind, they get thrown into the circular filing cabinet (the spiritual trash can) in the Spirit realm. JUST BECAUSE YOU THINK SOMETHING DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO RECEIVE IT!!
Learn to use correct discernment in your personal thought life, for if you do, YOU’LL NEVER BECOME WHAT THE ENEMY TRYS TO DECLARE THAT YOU ARE and Jesus will cause you to become Who God Says You Are!
Do You Know Who You Are?