Topic: Try It!
In 1977, God began showing me the power of my words. I had never heard any teaching like I’m presenting to you in this
book, but God convinced me that I was a very negative person who needed major change.
He showed me that my words were negative and that my life could not change until my words did. I made a list of things that I wanted to see happen in my life and found Scriptures to back each of them up. Then, for six months, two times a day, I spoke those things out loud.
When I started the project, not one of the things I was confessing was a reality in my life, but today they all are. I might add that I still confess those things and other portions of God’s precious promises on a regular basis. I suggest you try it. I believe if you consistently think and speak positive, good, life-filled things, you willsee changes in yourself and your life
that you will like.
I was recently speaking to a woman at an appointment and I said something about speaking positively. She quickly
said, “I don’t believe in all that positive affirmation junk; I believe in reality!” I felt sad for her because she obviously did
not know God’s Word and was not aware that she could change her reality by believing, thinking, and speaking in agreement with God. I am so glad that we don’t have to settle for reality! Today, reality television shows are very popular, and they are increasing all the time. I would rather have some life-changing power instead of more reality. I want hope and the faith that with God all things are possible.
Make the habit of thinking and speaking according to what you want to see happen in your life part of every other habit
you want to develop or destroy. For example, if you are indecisive, don’t keep saying, “I have a hard time making
decisions.” Start saying, “I have God’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) and the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and I am a
decisive person.” Or if you tend to overeat and need to improve your health and perhaps lose some weight, don’t say
over and over, “I just can’t control my appetite.
When I start eating I can’t quit until I am stuffed. I have to have sugar every day.” If you keep saying what you have, you will always have it. But if you change what you believe by meditating on God’s Word and speaking in agreement with it, then you can
have what God says you can have. His Word says that He has given us a spirit of discipline and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7),
and we should say the same thing.
I am sure that you understand what I am saying, and I pray that you are convinced that you need to start doing it. As I said, try it! Your experience will convince you, even if I can’t. You will feel better and have more energy if you speak things that minister life to you, and all the people around you
will enjoy you much more.
Please remember that you can’t just decide to do this and be successful. No man can tame the tongue. You are going to need a lot of help from God today and every day, and so do I.
The mouth is like a wild beast that is unruly and undisciplined (James 3:7–8), but God can change all of that if we will make
a commitment and stick with it until we see success.