God is in the business of transforming lives. When we come into a relationship with Jesus, He begins the process of realigning our lives with the new normal – God’s normal. With that comes a new heart, a new mind, a new vision, a new mission, a new role, and new cravings. But He doesn’t stop there; He also gives us a new vocabulary - a new way to talk about life. Many of the things we speak over ourselves and our circumstances aren’t from God. And so, God comes to reshape our words to speak faith and life, rather than death.
God’s desire is to rescue and redeem humanity. The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt for many years when they cried out for God to rescue them. God sent Moses to rescue the Israelites from Egypt and lead them to the Promised Land. The Israelites were excited about their newfound freedom, but their excitement didn’t last long. Their journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land was taking much longer than they expected and they began to complain and look back to Egypt wishing they had never left.
How often does this happen in our own lives? You see, Moses was a foreshadow of Jesus and a symbol of redemption and salvation. Egypt symbolizes our bondage, sin, and hopelessness – a life without God. But God steps in and saves us from that which separates us from Him. He rescues us from our sin, but when things get rough or uncertain, or the journey to get to where we want to be is simply taking too long, the predictability of the past starts to look good. We forget everything God has delivered us from and we begin to look back, longing to return.
In the wilderness is where life happens. It’s where our faith is tested and refined. The Israelites were tried in an actual wilderness and they failed the test by grumbling and complaining the entire time. They chose to look past the fact that even though they weren’t where they wanted to be yet, God still provided for them every step of the way. A journey that was only supposed to take 11 days, stretched to 40 years because they decided to use their words to curse their journey. Jesus also had a wilderness experience. He was tempted by the enemy the same way the Israelites were, but He demonstrated how to overcome by speaking God’s word.
Have you ever given any thought to the power you have in just the words you choose to speak? The Bible says that life and death is in the power of your tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Our words can start wars, end marriages and friendships, and destroy our hope. But life can also be found in our words. We have the ability to speak things into existence, to nurture, and make peace between people using just our words. The choice is ultimately ours.
What we confess with our mouths becomes our provision. God spoke the world into existence. He used His words to create the world and He’s given us the power to do the same. That power lies in our mouths. Our words have the power to create worlds if we use them the way God intended.
Psalm 81:10 says, “I am the Lord your God. I brought you up out of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things.” What are you filling your mouth with? In 2018, let’s make the decision to speak faith over ourselves, our children, our workplaces, and the church. Don’t just believe God’s word, speak it! Speak faith-filled positive confessions.
The foundation for a new vocabulary:
1. Be filled with God’s word
2. Download the Bible app and make God’s word your priority everyday
3. Personalize what you read
4. Pray out loud