Words Impact Your Future
Have you ever woken up and just knew it was going to be a difficult day? Sure enough, kids aren’t ready, traffic isn’t moving, and negative things just seem to happen. If so, you were likely experiencing a self-fulfilling prophecy. A self-fulfilling prophecy is when a person unknowingly causes a prediction to come true, due to the simple fact that he or she expects it to come true.
In other words, we develop a house of erroneous thoughts or false expectations about a person or event. These thoughts affect our behavior towards that subject, which causes the expectation to be realized. For example, a father expects his son to be lazy, so he does not place expectations or responsibilities on him. When he does give him a chore, the son does it complaining, halfheartedly or not at all; therefore, the boy does not do well and fulfills his father’s expectations.
Another way to view self-fulfilling prophecy is having your future actions be influenced by a faulty belief about the situation. So, you falsely believe something will happen and because of those false beliefs it eventually leads to the behavior you “prophesied.” Prophesy is knowingly or unknowingly calling the future events into existence. Proverbs 4:23-27 tells us: “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Don’t use your mouth to tell lies; don’t ever say things that are not true.” We must constantly be on the defense to ward off wrong thoughts. Our thoughts lead to words. Words begin to manifest when we call those thoughts into existence. We know how important words can be because Scripture talks about it on multiple occasions. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Your words are creating either death or life. That’s the power of thoughts and the tongue. You possess the power to drive someone to death or life. Take your thoughts and words seriously. Ephesians 4:29 asks of us, “Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
If we have the option to build someone up, why would we choose to tear them down? You may only get so many words to speak into someone’s life, so don’t waste an opportunity. Encourage, build up, and speak life into someone’s future. Show them the love of Jesus through the words you speak. You never know what kind of influence your words may have on someone’s life, so be careful how you choose to respond to an individual or a situation.
If you have found yourself expecting the worse, you can be set free. First, confess any sin the Holy Spirit is revealing to you now. Repent of such thinking and speaking, and renounce vows, judgments and anyway those words have blocked God’s promises. Ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse you, guard your tongue, and empower you to do God’s will, free from striving. Make an appointment to meet with God daily. The most powerful weapon in your arsenal is prayer to develop a new mindset. Prayer is simply talking to God and asking Him to help you see life through His eyes. 1 Peter 5:7, says we can take all our cares, all our worries, all our fears, all things we cannot change and give them to Him, because He cares. As you do, your mind will be renewed and your words will prophesy life into dead situations and hope will manifest in your future and in the lives of others. Because of the power of positive thoughts and words, you can wake up every morning and expect it to be a good day!