Say it, don't spray it!
This blog post was written by Charis instructor, Carlie Terradez.
Talking with your mouth full is disgusting. It’s just too easy for those little chewed up morsels to go places they shouldn’t!
As parents, we coach our children to chew and swallow before speaking, but I’ve often wondered what would happen if we applied that same principle to our Christian lives. Would digesting the Word of God before speaking it over our situations, change what we received?
As Joshua 1:8 says,
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success (New King James Version)
Meditating on the Word is how our spirits digest. By keeping the promises of God before us, allowing them to consume our thoughts, color our words, and influence our decisions, something glorious happens—we have “good success.”
Our success—our happiness, prosperity, and health—is not dictated by our circumstances.
According to Revelation, success comes when we join our words (our testimony) to Christ’s finished work (Rev. 12:11).
When our youngest child was five-years-old, we moved to Colorado from the UK. Shortly after arriving, we took the family on an outing into the mountains.
Coming from sea level, a hike at 9,500 feet was going to be challenging. On and on we trekked until the children spotted a grassy knoll just begging to be climbed. The boys raced ahead, leaving their little sister Hannah struggling to catch up.
I was sure that we would have to carry her up that hill, but she kept going while muttering to herself all the way. At the top, I heard her shout, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
I want to encourage you to find out what the Word says about your situation and learn to marry your testimony to that, just like Hannah did.
When we purposefully agree with God’s promises and speak out those things rather than confirming the negative things around us, we are taking the first steps in spiritual digestion.
We must say it—not spray it!