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He Can and He Will

Self Talk

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

“The tongue can bring death or life…” Proverbs 18:21

This week I read a daily devotional by Joel and Victoria Olsteen that revealed to me how my words showed unbelief and doubt in God.  Initially, when you hear the statement that has become a part of my daily mantra, it sounds innocent enough.  As a matter of fact, it started out in faith, but through time the statement has become corroded in fear.  Simply put, my negative self-talk is “I don’t know how this will get done…”  In the beginning, when I would say that, I would add on a statement and tell myself “I don’t know how this will get done, but He [God] has it.”  Through time, when faced with difficult situations the statement became shortened into something that spoke of unbelief and fear.  It was not until I read the devotional, that I realized I needed to change my response and self-talk to one of faith.  You see, every time I said “I don’t know how this will get done”, I was negating the truth.  I DO know how it will get done.  The same way it always is done.  By the hand of God because He can and He will.

What does your self-talk reveal about you? Do you find yourself doubting God’s movement in your life?  Do you sometimes catch yourself wondering how something will get done?  How you will be able to juggle career and family?  How you will be able to complete all of your competing priorities or how you will be able to birth the vision God has given you?  Well, I am here to tell you that He can and He will.

Years ago, I wrote a devotional “He’s Able” and the message then is the same message now:  “Ephesians 3:20 says ‘Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,’  Do you understand those words?  God uses two superlatives together, “exceeding abundantly” and “immeasurably more” to give us a very specific message.  Paul, the writer of Ephesians, is not just talking about God to us; God is talking to us about His Son.  HE says we have the power of Christ in US and because of that, HE can and will do more than we think is possible. Whatever problem you may be facing, it is not greater than God.  Whatever battle you are in the midst of, it is not greater than God. Whatever dream you have given up on, it can be accomplished.  Whatever you ask or think is not beyond God.”

Death and life are not only in the words we speak; they are in the words we never speak aloud. Whenever we are faced with doubt and find that our self-talk is trying to derail the work and hand of God, we must actively seek to change our thoughts and redirect our focus from our hand to His.  Our mind is the most power tool that we have and as such, it is constantly under siege and attack. It is bombarded not just with the images and things of the world; it is a battle ground that harbors all of our own the fears and doubts that the enemy wants to flourish. Don’t let it.  So instead of “I don’t know how it will get done”, I now say “He Can and He Will” when faced with a situation.  I am actively retraining my mind in faith. You can do the same.  Take back your thoughts and focus them on God’s ability.