The Power of Words: Using Scriptures to Change Your Life pt. 2

This is part two of Using Scriptures to Change your Life.

If we want to we tap into the promises of God, we need to “activate” the scriptures before they can start working for us. This takes diligence and effort, mainly because, we have our own mind, body, other people and circumstances to contend with. We also have a ruthless enemy, the devil, who will persistently try to keep us from finding out what belongs to us and from attaining it. We won’t experience God’s best in our lives without fighting the “good fight of faith.” (1 Timothy 6:12)

The process for activating or obtaining the promises found in God’s Word goes something like this:

First, you have to know about the promises and believe that they belong to you. You must dare to believe that you can have them. Hearing or reading other peoples’ testimonies about how their faith has brought results will help strengthen your faith. One way is to study and meditate on Bible accounts of people who experienced great victories.

There are many examples of faith in action, recorded in the Bible- a teenager killing a giant with a slingshot, a man commanding the sun and moon to “stand still” resulting in almost 24 hours of extra daylight, a man being bit by a poisonous snake and experiencing no ill effects from it, etc. Romans 2:11 lets us know that God is not a respecter of persons. Whatever the need or problem in your life is, God wants to help you overcome it.

Before you can have faith to receive the promises, you need to be free from condemnation and believe that you are worthy- not because you’re perfect but because of who you are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 says that if you’re in Christ Jesus, you are free from condemnation.

If you have a sense of unworthiness or don’t believe you deserve to have something, it’ll be difficult for you to have faith for it. Some people have been ingrained with a religious sense of unworthiness, others feel condemned because of the sin in their lives.

1 John 3:21 lets us know that we can only have confidence toward God if our hearts don’t condemn us. In verse 22 it goes on to say, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”

If your heart is condemning you because of sin in your life, get rid of it by receiving forgiveness and asking God to help you make the needed changes. If you still have feelings of guilt, realize that feelings aren’t facts. Just because you still “feel” guilty does not mean you are guilty. Get rid of these feelings by declaring, “God is faithful and just to forgive me of my sins, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

In order to discover what belongs to you, you will have to spend some time reading and searching in the Word of God. To find scriptures concerning a particular need or subject, you can use a Bible concordance (such as Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) and look for Bible verses on the topic you need. You can also use Bible Promise books or find scriptures for specific needs on the Internet by searching for phrases like “scriptures for insomnia” or “scriptures for worry.”

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The Using Scriptures to Change Your Life Series has now been turned into a free e-book, download by clicking on the following link: Using Confessions to Change Your Life

 

The Power of Words: Using Scriptures to Change Your Life

Meditating in the Word of God and speaking faith-filled words can dramatically change your life.  One of the most inspiring stories, I’ve ever read is Heal Me, O Lord, found in Guideposts Magazine, published in April, 1998. The author, Marilyn Ludolf, wrote about overcoming her 16 year battle with a painful, itchy, facial rash and terrible headaches that had doctors and specialists baffled.

She was watching television one Sunday and heard the testimony of Cheryl Prewitt (Miss America 1980) who had been supernaturally healed by God. Mrs Ludolf had a revelation- God still healed people today!

After hearing Cheryl’s testimony, Mrs. Ludolf was inspired to compile a list of healing, health and faith scriptures- 36 in all.

Every day, wherever she went, she took this list with her. She meditated on the scriptures, saying them over and over. She envisioned herself as being well. In her own words, “I began to visualize my complexion as pink and clear as a newborn baby’s and my sinus passages free and well. I imprinted it on my mind day and night.”

After doing this consistently for about 2 ½ months, her faith had grown immensely. During that time period, she gradually received total healing from the skin condition as well as from the headaches.

Ms. Ludolf had been a Christian for many years and often prayed and asked God to help her but in her own words, her faith had gotten “flabby.”  By reading and meditating on  scriptures, she got her faith built up until she believed enough to receive her healing.

In another instance, Dodie Osteen, wife of pastor John Osteen was diagnosed with metastatic liver cancer when she was 48 years old. Doctors informed her that, even with treatment, she would be dead in a few weeks. Instead of giving in to the fear and darkness that tried to overtake her, she turned to God and His Word for answers.

One of the most important things she did, was to make a list of 40 healing scriptures and read through them 3 times every day. It took a long time for the symptoms of cancer to leave. At times Dodie was so weak, tired and sick that she was tempted to give up the fight and go be with Jesus, but she chose to persevere.

Dodie put photos of herself by her bed of when she was young and healthy.  One picture was of her in her wedding dress, the other was of her riding a horse while on vacation. It was a way to visualize what she was believing for.

She fought negative thoughts (and there were lots of them) by speaking the Word of God out of her mouth. Every time she had the thought that she was going to die or another new symptom showed up in her body, she chose to speak scriptures concerning her deliverance, “By the stripes of Jesus, I am healed, With long life does God satisfy me and show me my salvation” etc.

She did not talk about the cancer or complain about how terrible she felt to other people. When asked how she was doing, she kept it positive, “I am blessed, thank-you” or “By the stripes of Jesus I am healed.”

After persevering in the faith, day after day, month after month Dodie was totally healed. Two years after receiving her death sentence of cancer, tests showed that she was totally free from cancer.

In the book, Scripture Keys for Kingdom Living, June Davis records numerous testimonies of people who received deliverance and help for their problems by speaking scriptures that pertained to their situation. One lady had severed nerves as a result of surgery and could no longer control her bowels.   The doctor told her there was nothing they could do to alleviate this problem. After being prayed for and anointed with oil by Ms. Davis, the lady was given scriptures to speak out, 4 times a day, three times for each verse. Four days later, she reported “that there were no more signs of her condition.”

As a child of God, you have access to thousands of promises listed in the Word of God for your benefit. There are promises of healing and divine health, promises for provision, prosperity, protection and the list goes on and on.

However, you will not automatically experience these promises just because you want them or because you are born again, or because you are a good Christian.

Most Christians live and die, and never experience anything other than a small sliver of what’ s available to them. Usually it’s because of wrong teaching by people they respect, people such as their parents, or a relative they believe is spiritual or even their pastor.

Wrong teaching can have dire and even deadly consequences, if we choose to believe it rather than what God’s Word actually says. For example, if you are diagnosed with a terminal disease and the spiritual leaders you respect are telling you it’s God’s will for you to “bear” this disease, how can you have faith to overcome it?

Many wrongly believe that if God wants them to have something, He’ll just give it to them with no effort on their part. “We’ll trust God to give us what we need,” they say. By the same token, they believe that if anything bad happens to them, it’s God’s will.  John 10:10 lets us know that it’s the devil who comes to kill, steal and destroy but Jesus came to give us an abundant life. Click here for part two in this series, Using Scriptures to Change Your Life.

The Using Scriptures to Change Your Life Series has now been turned into a free e-book, download by clicking on the following link: Using Confessions to Change Your Life

 

Healing Scriptures for Knee Pain: Free Printable

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Are you dealing with knee pain from knee injuries, bursitis, arthritis etc.? In addition to getting the medical help you need, build up your faith and believe God to heal your injury.

Proverbs 4:7 tells us that wisdom is the principle thing which is why I made reference to it in this confession.

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With the stripes of Jesus, every ligament, every tendon and the cartilage in my knees is healed.

God’s Words are life and health to my whole body. Because Jesus bore my pain, my knees are free from pain.

All things (including the joints, ligaments, and tendons in my knees) work together for my good. I walk and move freely without pain or discomfort.

I am not wise in my own eyes; I fear the Lord and it is health to my body (my marrow, my nerves,
my tendons, my muscles) and strength and health to my bones.

Because I have self-discipline and the wisdom of God, I know and do the things that are necessary to keep my knees healthy and free from pain.

Based on: Isaiah 53:5, Proverbs 4:22, Isaiah 53:4, Mark 11:23 Romans 8:28, Proverbs 3:7-8, 2 Timothy 1:7, James 1:5

How to Stop Negative Thoughts Pt.2

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In part one of our series, How to Stop Negative Thoughts, we discussed how listening to faith building messages and meditation in the Word of God is an important part of renewing your mind and getting rid of negative thoughts.

Another aspect of renewing your mind is to filter the things you see and listen to and being careful whom you spend time with. Phillipians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things.” (World English Bible)

In 1 Corinthians 33 we find, “Don’t be deceived! Evil companionships corrupt good morals.” (WEB)

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above everything else guard your heart (mind,emotions, thoughts), because from it flow the springs of life.” (International Standard Version)

The things you focus on and think about, will effect your emotions and actions and can even cause physiological changes in your body and brain. According to Caroline Leaf, author of Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health, “Research shows that 75 to 98 percent of mental, physical, and behavioral illness comes from one’s thought life.”

Dr. Leaf talks about how each thought that we have, becomes a physical substance in our brain. Good, positive thoughts are seen as pink, healthy proteins in our brain while negative, destructive thoughts turn into twisted, harmful structures. These deformed proteins cause unhealthy reactions in our bodies that lead to stress, inflammation, and disease, decreased resistance to sicknesses etc.

Our thoughts are determined by the things we focus on. What kind of movies and TV shows do you watch? What kind of music do you listen to? Who do you spend your time with? You can’t get rid of negative thinking unless you filter what goes into your eyes and ears. Granted, you won’t be able to get rid of all the negativity in your life but is there anything you can change?

Some examples: Spend less time with the family member who always focuses on what’s wrong with the world, or that friend from church who gossips about other people. Instead of watching that television show that’s filled with sarcasm, and vulgar language, read an uplifting book or play a fun game with your family. While driving to work, if you can’t find anything positive on the radio, listen to an inspiring CD.

How to Stop Negative Thoughts- Part One

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God’s Word has the power to totally eradicate negative thinking and obtrusive thoughts. Many people, including Christians, are tormented daily by negative thoughts, feelings and self-talk. This can be in the form of impure thoughts, thoughts of harming themselves, or other people, shame of past behavior, all kinds of fears or thoughts that lead into obsessive compulsive disorders.

For many years, as a Christian, I dealt with tormenting thoughts. I went to see various counselors and attended support groups and tried almost everything they suggested. These things helped in a limited way and while I’m grateful for the things I learned and for the people who reached out to me, it was not enough.

I finally got the help I needed after I left the religion I grew up in and started going to a different church. I received a revelation that God loves me and that the promises in the Bible are for me today. I learned that casually reading my Bible every day, would not automatically make me free from the negative thoughts that plagued me. I had to renew my mind with the Word of God. Here are some ways on how to do that:

Listen to some good faith building messages every day. When I sense depression, fear, anxiety and negative thinking trying to take over my mind, I know I’ve not spent enough time in the Word. If the attack is severe, I may put everything else on hold and spend an hour or two giving the Word my full attention- listening to some good faith teaching and preaching via the Internet, my mp 3 player or a CD etc.

Another way to renew your mind is by meditating in the word. A good verse to meditate on when you feel worried is Proverbs 3: 5-6.

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Read it over and over and personalize it for your specific situation. For example, “I trust in the Lord with all my heart; I don’t lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge Him, and He directs my paths, He shows me what to do. I never worry about anything. I trust in the Lord concerning our finances, I trust in the Lord to help my husband make wise decisions, I trust in the Lord to help us get our roof fixed. I trust in the Lord to take care of my (family member) and put someone across her path to let her know that God loves her and has a good plan for her life…”

At times of intense pressure, I sometimes do this for at least an hour or until faith replaces the worried thoughts.

If you are dealing with a situation or difficulty, get some scriptures that apply to your situation. Start saying them again and again as you contemplate them in your mind. Think about how it applies to your situation. This will set you free and allow God to start working in your situation.

Click here for How to Stop Negative Thoughts part 2.

Disclaimer: The information found in this post should not replace professional help, please use wisdom and get the counseling and medical help you require.