Monday, June 14

Word Power III - Positive Talk vs Faith

This is a sequel to the last discussion where we established the essence of speaking positively in our daily lives. But then positive words have its limitations. We may say positive words, but there is a power behind those words, and the force that releases it determines that power. I hope you will agree with me that to most people, especially the ‘Uninitiated,’ speaking faith is like talking crap, it just sounds senselessly foolish. By 'Uninitiated,' I mean those who have not been brought up or groomed with the science of speaking in faith - the faith of God.

In this discussion, we shall consider what the dividing line between positive and faith speaking is, the product of both, and how to set ourselves up for undeniable success in life.

Most times people think when you speak in faith, you are probably in denial of reality. No! It strictly means you have gone beyond the ordinary to a higher level of thoughts and definitiveness of purpose. Faith is not the denial of reality, but the conviction of the fact and your role in it. Considering the ancient story of the 12 Israel spies sent to spy out Canaan, because God has assured them a promise of an inheritance. At their return, they had to 'tell it as it is' to Moses who sent them on the journey. Majority of them gave an account of what they saw, but only two had decided to see it differently. You may know the story (Numbers 13:30 - 33).

They agreed with the fact that the country's economy was buoyant with all the good stuff, but then, they saw the residents as not friendly, and a scare to their existence. They literally saw themselves as grasshoppers in their eyes because of their giant built. Was that real? Yes! But was it the fact? No! However, Caleb and Joshua gave a different account. It was not a feel good account, but defined their role in the reality of the circumstance. Caleb spoke up, "...'Let us go up boldly and possess it, for we are well able to do it.' But the men that went up with him said, 'We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.' And they brought to the children of Israel an evil report of the land which they had searched out, saying, 'The land, which we have passed through to search it out, is a land that eats up its inhabitants; and all the people that we have seen in it are men of great stature; and there have we seen giants - the sons of Anak are of the giants - and we were in our sight as grasshoppers, and so we were also in their sight.'"

Furthermore, Joshua and Caleb, who were of them that spied out the land, tore their clothes: and they told all the congregation of the children of Israel, The land we went to spy out, is an exceeding good land. If God delight in us, then He will bring us into this land, and give it to us; a land which flows with milk and honey. Only rebel not against God, neither be afraid of the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defense is removed from over them, and God is with us: do not be afraid."  

And that is Faith!

There are life's circumstances that sometimes seems to deter us from God's promises, and deprive us of enjoying life, but you can take your cues from Caleb and Joshua today. It may be in your job, or people at your work place, or family, or relationships. Speak God's word regarding that circumstance. You can start by saying, "No matter how ugly the situation is, or how bleak the circumstance is, I am coming out stronger with my head high." Keep saying it, "I am coming out stronger because it will all work out for my good!"

Here is the difference:
1. Positive words comes from desires,  but Faith word comes by Revelation. There are some circumstances that positive talk will not toss you over. But faith can see you through - Faith in God and His word which tells you, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.'

2. Positive words strives against the negative which could be changed by morality and rules, but Faith word conquers anything even when its against nature. Whatsoever is born of God, overcomes (conquers) the world (every situation) - (1 Jn. 5:4).

3. Faith speaking comes with persuasion. Until you are persuaded, you are not talking in faith. Think about Abraham in the bible, who was very old, "...yet, looking at the promise of God (about having children), he wavered not through unbelief, but waxed strong through faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He (God) was able also to perform." (Rom 4:17‐21)

Thoughts: Think about the words that you use more on a daily basis, how much faith can you see out of them?

Thoughts: Ask yourself, "Where am I going with my talk pattern? (Where would it possibly lead me?)"

Never forget, positive words may see the way, but a Faith word paves the way. Being positive strives to work it out, but FAITH takes a hold of it (seeing it as a reality). The life of faith is so exciting. Desire and determine to start leaving by faith, and you will never find another circumstance that can numb you out!

I've got lots to tell you...

- Michaels Aibangbee
Zoe Generation! The Waterfalls & Transformation Edge Group
"Born to make the Change"
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