T.H.I.N.K

T.H.I.N.K
By Erin Lamb

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen, Ephesians 4:29. 

Since I had some time today I wanted to share some little nuggets (insight) with you. I have the poster in my office that I put up a few weeks ago that says, T.H.I.N.K before you speak. The acronym stands for the following:

T- it is true

H-is it helpful

I-is it inspiring

N-is it necessary

K-is it kind

We live in a world that is filled with words. We talk, we write, we text, we tweet, we use Facebook, etc…but how much time goes into thinking about the words we are speaking. People share their opinions all day long and sometimes those opinions are not rooted in truth, nor are they beneficial to the hearer. Paul encourages the church at Ephesus to only speak words that are beneficial to the hearers. I know there are plenty of words I speak that may not be beneficial. They may be true, but not necessary.

The poster is in my office as a reminder, not a rule to live by. We are not bound to only speak scripture or live in a world where we never express our opinions. However, I want my words to build up, not tear down. And if I must use my words for rebuke or reproof, I want them to lead the other person to a better way to do things, not destroy them to the point they can’t recover. Jesus had some stern words if you read the red letters in your Bible, but there was always a purpose for them. He only did what He saw the Father doing. Jesus also offended people and rarely explained Himself, but there was always a greater purpose behind what He was doing. Is there a greater purpose behind what we are speaking?

The words over our lives and the lives of others:

How many times have you spoken a negative word over yourself and then seen it happen? I have several times in my life. Words such as, “I won’t be able to do this. Things will always be this way. That person will never change. This will always be bad.” Those words were empowered the moment they exited my mouth because whether we realize it or not our words are powerful. Proverbs tells us that life and death are in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). I had a prophetic word given to me last year and the man said that when I spoke I was placing signs in the spiritual realm, much like a sign. So the good words were planted and the bad words were planted. I realized from that word that many things in my life that were negative were tied to my stinking thinking and negative words. I am not saying I can speak and modify the entire universe. God does not serve my every whim, but as a co-heir with Christ I can speak things into existence with my words. He has given us the power to bless and many times we use that power to curse.

Then I thought about the things I said of others. Were my words always edifying? Were they always blessings? Whether or not another person heard them, I still had the choice to use the tool God gave me to bless and help someone through prayer, or hurt someone through negative words.

So my hope for us is that we use our words to bless. I pray our words are true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind. I pray that when people listen to us or spend time with us they leave better than when they came. I pray we cease wounding people with careless words. I pray we speak what God would speak, how He would speak it. And if we must correct or confront someone, I pray they are able to be a better person because of it, not a person crippled or severely wounded. We have great power resting in our words. Let’s use our words to make this world a better place. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Affirmations (Speaking God’s Words)

Speaking God’s Words

By Erin Lamb

God has great things to say about us. I believe that words are powerful. More powerful than we often choose to believe. Not only are the words we speak about others important, the words we speak to and about ourselves are important. If we speak negatively about ourselves, the fruit in our lives will be a negative self-image. God wants His children to be confident.

So, how do we get God’s words into our thoughts? We meditate on the word of God. We speak what He would speak. At first it may seem like a futile activity. However, God’s word does not return void, but accomplishes all it is sent out to do. TD Jakes said something that resonated with me. He said, “We cannot have God’s fruit in our lives, if we do not have His word in our hearts.” What we meditate on (think about, ponder, recite, allow into our thoughts) is what will be manifested in our lives. Faith plays a part too, believing what we are hearing.  I have found that I have an important role as well. I have found that I suffer from stinking thinking unless I take every thought captive, feed my mind good things, be mindful of what I am listening to, and reject any words that are not edifying. Here are some affirmations from Christ Word Ministries.

Affirmations from Christ Word Ministries (used with permission).

I recognize by faith that God is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator and Sustainer and End of all things. As my Creator I confess that God made me for Himself. In this day I therefore choose to live for Him according to Revelation 5:9,10 and 4:11; Isaiah 43:1, 7, 21.

I recognize by faith that God loved me and chose me in Christ before time began according to Ephesians 1:1-7.

I recognize in faith that God has proven His love to me in sending His Son to die in my place, whereby every provision has already been made for my past, present, and future needs through His representative work whereby I have been quickened, raised, seated with Christ in the heavenlies and anointed with the Holy Spirit according Rom. 5:6-11; 8:28-39; Ephesians 1:3;2:5-6.

I recognize by faith that since I have received Christ as my Lord and Savior, I believe God’s word that He has received me, adopted me into His family whereby He assumed every responsibility for me. My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit, redeemed, cleansed, healed, delivered, and sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ.

My members, the parts of my body, are instruments of righteousness, yielded to God for His services and for His glory.

The enemy has no place in me, no power over me, no unsettled claims against me. All has been settled by the Blood of Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:18

I have overcome the enemy by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony, and I love not my life unto death. I crucify my flesh, my self, my ego, my way, etc…My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body.

Through the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am justified, made righteous, just as if I’d never sinned. Though Jesus I am sanctified, made holy, and set apart unto God. Jesus cleanses my conscience from dead works to serve a Living God.

Blessed be the God and Father who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

No weapon formed against me shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against me in judgement God shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me, says the Lord.

I desire to walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

I am saved from wrath by Him and justified by the Blood of Lamb.

I submit myself to God who gives more grace to the humble, and He will lift me up.

Behold, the Lord Jesus Christ has given unto me power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt me.

I cast down every vain imagination and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and I bring every thought captive to the obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am a new creature in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17

I am the temple of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 6:19

I am holy and without blame before Him in love. 1 Peter 1:16, Ephesians 1:4

I am accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:6

I am a partaker of His Divine nature. 2 Peter 1:4

I am called of God. 2 Timothy 1:9

I am complete in Christ and alive with Christ. Galatians 2:20

I am being changed into His image. 2 Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:6

I am Christ’s friend. John 15:15

I am His disciple because I have love for others. John 13:34-35.

I am chosen and deeply loved by God. Ephesians 1:4, 1 Peter 2:9

I am a citizen of heaven and seated in heaven right now. Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:6

I am an expression of the Life of Christ because He is my life. Colossians 3:4

I am not the Great I AM, but by the grace of God I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10

I am an heir of God since I am a son/daughter of God. Galatians 3:26, 28

I am one of God’s living stones and I am being brought up as a spiritual house. 1 Peter 2:5

I am a Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a people for God’s own possession to proclaim the excellence of Him. 1 Peter 2:9-10

I am Christ’s friend. John 15:16

I am overtaken with blessings. Deuteronomy 28:2, Ephesians 1;3

I am free from condemnation. John 5:24

I am reconciled to God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:18

I am qualified to share in Christ’s inheritance. Colossians 1:12

I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:7

I am the apple of my Father’s eye. Deuteronomy 32:10

Closing prayer.

“Abba I pray we would meditate on Your words and thoughts towards us. I pray that any thoughts, any seeds planted in our minds that do not line up with Your word would be cast down and thrown out. May our minds be fed by Your truth and Your truth alone. You love us. You care for us. You have great plans for us. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.”