By Joseph Odongkara
‘You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.’ (Job 22:28).
What do you think are the things that determine your future? How do you prepare yourself for your future? What are the things that you have done right and those that you have not done right that now determines or undermines your future?
Those are some of the questions that I have ask myself over and over, again and again. And the Lord has been good to give me insight in seeking answers in His word.
I have found out that it is not what others say to you or about you that determines your future; it is rather what you say to yourself and when others have finished speaking!
The Bible says, ‘Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit’ (Proverb 18:21 NKJV). You say, ‘I would love to have a better relationship but I am afraid that if I make the first move and they do not respond, I will feel rejected. ‘ Or, ‘I would like to pursue my education but I am afraid if I register for classes and cannot do the work, I will feel stupid.’ These kinds of words become self-fulfilling prophecies.
Until you replace your negative self-talk with faith-talk you will always live in fear. Your mind is like the womb of your spirit; it nurtures each seed you sow until the time of delivery. If you do not want what a seed will ultimately produce, you must stop sowing it, or feeding it.
Your first step in breaking fear’s hold over you is in recognizing the self-talk that got you into trouble in the first place. This is not easy to do. It takes vigilance, self-awareness, discipline and scriptural reprogramming. But by changing your thoughts you will begin to change your life.
Job says; ‘You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you.’ And the amazing part is, at times you may not feel like you believe the particular Scripture you are standing on. That is okay; your inner self accepts what is consistently fed and begins to act accordingly.
So starting today, serve an eviction notice to every negative thought that is holding you back and begin feeding your mind with God’s Word.