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 Words have power. We’ve all heard it said.

There are countless self-help books by gurus challenging us to speak positively. Truth is, the strength of our words influence was first addressed by God through Solomon. Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” What does that mean? Your words are so powerful that they can kill or give life to your situation.

You say it enough, you’ll start to believe it. The danger in that is when we say things that originate in fear, doubt and opposition to God’s truth. The cycle goes like this: a thought enters our mind, we contemplate and digest it, and we repeat it. Once we hear it in our own voice, we believe it. We wouldn’t lie to ourselves, would we?

Our self-talk is persuasive and effective.

Think back to a time when you told yourself you could complete something. It could be as simple as cooking a meal from a recipe or as challenging as presenting material to an audience of hundreds of people. When you completed it, how did you feel? Focus on a memory when you told yourself that you couldn’t do it. That you would never be smart enough, talented enough, etc. How did that turn out? Did you even try? Or were you defeated in your mind before you could even verbally respond?

Confession, by definition and popular opinion, has a negative connotation. The first entry in Webster says this: a formal statement admitting that one is guilty of a crime. The second entry says, an admission or acknowledgment that one has done something that one is ashamed or embarrassed about. Well, change it.

The seventh, and final entry says this: a statement of one’s principles. Principle is defined as: a fundamental truth or proposition that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning. Now, which definition sounds like the one we should adopt? Which one is the most positive and would provide the basis upon which we should build our internal conversation?

Change what you say! Speak life!

Rehearse in your mind what God thinks of you! Write it down on index cards. Memorize it! Put sticky notes on your bathroom mirror, your bedroom door and ceiling. Read them aloud. Speak them with authority—until you believe!