Sometimes You Just Need to Shut Up By Pastor Shari Stephens 0

Words are powerful.  The scripture tells us in Romans  10:17,

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

The scripture also tells us in Genesis 1:3,

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Then Jesus tells us in Mark 11:23,

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”

There are power in words to transform, heal, move, create, change our circumstances and build our faith. But this also means the opposite is also true.  Words can also oppress, cripple, block, destroy, ruin our opportunities and demolish our faith. Unfortunately, the person with the most influence in your life for what’s being spoken and heard is not your pastor, spouse or boss.  It’s actually you.

We can talk ourselves right out of a blessing or a powerful opportunity from the Lord based just on the words coming out of our mouths.

“Oh, I don’t believe that will happen.”

“Nothing good every happens to me.”

“I doubt that I will get the job.”

All of these types of statements are literally laced with doubt and disbelief and if you’re speaking them, you are hearing them.  And guess what, they are not building your faith but destroying it.

Remember the old adage, “if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all?” Well, how true this is for us people of faith.  Many times, we talk ourselves into terrible situations simply because we are not speaking faith.  Sometimes it is better to shut our mouths and wait before we make matters worse.  This is just basic wisdom.

Think of what you are saying today, think of the words you are speaking about your life, your family, your children and your job.  Think about your promises from God.  What are you saying about those? If you are not speaking in agreement with what God is saying, then shut your mouth and say nothing until you can speak over your circumstances with faith filled words.  Don’t make things harder on yourself. Always speak words of faith, life and power.  Surround yourself with people that speak the same way and who know when its best to shut up.

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