A little bit of encouragement goes a long way. Am I right? Definitely.
Those of us who have ran in races know that this is true! Anyone who competes in any type of sport..knows this to be true. When you are feeling as though you can’t go any farther, and you hear cheers…your spirits lift and you know for a second that you can!
Our minds. our thoughts, and the way that we talk to ourselves really play a huge part in our success or failure.
If we believe that we can, then we will. If we tell ourselves that we will, then we can. It’s our inner voice that hold us back.
The Bible tells us that We CAN do ALL things through CHRIST who gives us STRENGTH!
It doesn’t say that we have to do anything on our own strength…
It doesn’t say that we can do SOME things through the strength that is given to us by Christ.
Paul says it best..when referring to his ability to make it through ANY situation:
Philippians 4:12,13 ~ I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
We are our own worst enemy at times. Why? Because of the way that we talk to ourselves. Who cares what others may say about your abilities! God made you…and HE loved you before HE even made the world. As believers and followers of God, we need to remember that our FATHER (GOD), doesn’t talk ugly to us or about us. HE loves us. HE is not capable of sinning. HE is LOVE. AND HE does NOT talk to us the way that we tend to talk to ourselves.
If you are a believer in Jesus, then this is YOU that HE is talking about:
Ephesians 1:4, 5 ~ Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
See how much HE loves us!!!
While we are on the subject of talking nice to ourselves, it would do us well to remember that we should only speak words to others as well, that edify and build up.
Ephesians 4:29 ~ 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.
What does this have to do with talking in a positive way to ourselves (our inner voice)? Everything! The reason being, what we repeatedly hear..we start to believe. If all we ever hear about ourselves is negative..then how easy it is to think that way about ourselves. Now, this doesn’t mean to go around giving out meaningless flattery all day. (That’s another blog for another day.) This simply means to be an encourager and think before you speak, because as Ephesians 4:29 says (and I am paraphrasing of course) : If it doesn’t help someone, and if it isn’t nice, and if it doesn’t build the other person up, then don’t say it.
I love this little acronym :
THINK, is what I am saying, texting, or typing…
Everybody can use some kind of encouragement… Talking kind to ourselves and others is something we all struggle with at times. Let’s build up instead of tear down.
Until Next Time,
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