What are you saying about your life? Your family? Your health? Your future? Your words will shape your world. Do you want to live in a world where you are satisfied, protected, and at peace? Then start putting God’s words in your mouth! Say about your situation what He says about it.
Write down on a piece of paper a brief description of what you are facing.
- Using the concordance in the back of your Bible, look up verses that talk about what you’re dealing with. (This will help you learn what God thinks about your situation.) Find two or more verses that say the same thing regarding the issue.
- On a second sheet of paper write those verses down, personalizing them until they read as if you wrote them yourself.
- Throw the first piece of paper away! Those are your words on the issue. You are now replacing them with God’s Word on the subject!
- Carry the second sheet of paper with you throughout the day, reciting the personalized verses several times a day (like right before you eat a meal) and any time thoughts come to you regarding the issue you’re facing. This is a practical way of putting God’s Word in your mouth, and thereby reshaping your world until it is in line with God’s Word.
Here are some examples of how to take a problem you are facing, find Scripture on the subject, and personalize the verses for daily confessions:
- [Fear]The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in God I will be confident. (Psalm 27:1,3)
• [Worry] I won’t be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything by prayer and with thanksgiving I will make my requests known to God. And His peace will keep my heart and mind. I won’t let my heart be troubled or afraid because God has given me His peace. (Philippians 4:6–7/John 14:27)
• [Business] I am blessed in business because I don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly. My delight is in the law of the Lord. I trust in the Lord with all my heart. In all my ways I acknowledge Him, and He directs my paths. I am not wise in my own eyes, and I don’t lean on my own understanding. I am like a tree planted by rivers of water. My business brings forth fruit that does not wither, and whatever I do shall prosper. (Proverbs 3:5–7, 9–10/Psalm 1:1–3)
• [Marriage] I am of one mind with my spouse, having compassion on [him/her] and loving [him/her]. I am courteous in dealing with my spouse, not rendering evil for evil or railing for railing. Regardless of how I am treated, I return a blessing. Because I want to enjoy life and see good days, I refrain from speaking evil about my spouse and toward my spouse. Instead I seek peace and pursue it. (1 Peter 3:8–11)
• [Sickness] Jesus was wounded for my transgressions and bruised for my iniquities. Because of the stripes that He bore, I am healed. God’s Word is life to me and health to all my flesh. God sent His Word and healed me; therefore I am healed. (Isaiah 53:5/Proverbs 4:21–22/Psalm 107:20)