The Power of Positive Speech

My husband, Joe, and I have been raising pet ducks for many years, and we’ve had our male duck, Larry, for 10 of those years. Every molting season, Larry loses all of his brightly-colored, iridescent feathers, and for a time, he looks woefully scraggly. He hangs his head low, and he not only loses his feathers, but his confidence, boldness, and dignity. The older Larry has gotten, the harder the molting process has been on his health and morale. Seeing our little man so depressed prompted me to ask the Lord what we could do to ease Larry’s pain and discouragement. That’s when the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance Proverbs 18:21 (NIV): “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Suddenly, I knew exactly what we needed to do. I told my husband that we were going to be very careful about how we spoke around Larry while he was looking so shabby. Instead of saying, “Wow, Larry, you really look ratty!” we were going to say, “What beautiful new feathers you’re getting, Larry!” We replaced all of our negative speech around Larry with compliments and affirmations, and we kept encouraging him and reassuring him. No doubt, Larry could tell by just the inflections in our voices that we were speaking highly of him, instead of commenting on his dreadful appearance.

Larry is almost done with his molting process as I write this, and what a difference our attitudes and words have made this year! His head has not been hanging low, and he has been walking just as proudly as when he has his full, beautifully-colored plumage the rest of the year. This experiment has taught my husband and me a memorable lesson about the power of our words, and we’ve been thinking about the importance of our speech, and how it can profoundly affect others, as well as ourselves.

Imagine the difference you and I could make in the lives of our spouses, children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, coworkers, neighbors, and others, if we would simply be more aware of our words, and more considerate with our speech. Who is it that you know who could benefit from your positive speech today?

You Don't Have to Be Afraid

When I was outside tending to my ducks, Lily and Larry, the other day, a hawk suddenly flew over our heads. The terror in my ducks’ eyes was apparent, and they stiffened and became paralyzed with fear. I happened to be standing right next to them at the time, so I emphatically told them, “You have nothing to fear while I’m standing right beside you!” Even though I knew that hawks were a real threat to Lily and Larry, and that they could do them serious harm, I didn’t understand their fearful behavior when it was obvious that their protector and provider was so very close by.

Suddenly, I heard the Lord’s voice deep in my spirit say, “That’s exactly how I feel when you forget that I am with you, and you become fearful and fretful.” I instantly felt ashamed, and the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance a verse from Isaiah 41:10 (AMP), which says: “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.” The truth is that, for those of us who are abiding in Christ, “there is nothing to fear” when trouble comes. If I felt indignant when my ducks became afraid while I was standing right next to them, imagine how the Lord feels when we become fearful every time we feel threatened in some way.

Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” (John 14:27 AMP) You and I have the privilege of claiming the peace of Christ in the midst of our trials, and we don’t have to allow ourselves to be intimidated by circumstances, other people, or the devil himself. The next time trouble comes knocking on your door, remember that you have a choice. Take your stand in faith and declare with confidence—“I choose peace, in Jesus’ name!”

A Living and Mighty God

Every day, I like to remind the devil and his cohorts that my God is alive and well. I like to remind myself of it, too. Apparently, David and Job felt the same way. David declared: “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!” (Psalm 18:46 NIV) As I declare these words aloud each day, my spirit is refreshed and revived, and hope and joy spring forth inside of me.

I like to follow up David’s words with Job’s in Job 19:25 (NIV): “I know that my Redeemer lives”! One translation says, “I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives”! (AMP) Job’s words remind me that Christ is not only my Redeemer, but He fights my battles for me, too.

As I lift my hands in praise of the Lord, I continue with my declarations of faith by adding: “I know that my Healer lives! I know that my Provider lives! I know that my Deliverer lives! I know that my Savior lives! I know that my Comforter lives! Praise His Holy name!”

I make these declarations in good times and bad. They serve to remind me that God is everything to me, and He’s all I will ever need in this life. They also remind the Lord that I am aware of His precious promises, and I am taking Him at His Word, and expecting Him to make good on it.

If you are a follower of Christ, you serve a living and mighty God. Begin declaring your faith in Him today, and watch Him move heaven and earth to be all that you need Him to be!

God Will Do it Swiftly!

Have you ever been in a situation—or had a loved one in a situation—where time was of the essence? It seems that all you can focus on is how the clock is ticking away, and nothing seems to be happening. I felt that way the other day when I was reading my Bible and asking the Lord to speak words of encouragement to my heart. He led me to Isaiah 60:22 (AMP), which says: “I, the Lord, will hasten it in its [appointed] time.” God was telling me that there was a very specific time when He would act on my behalf, and when the time came, He would bring it to pass quickly. The NIV translation says it this way: “I am the Lord; it its time I will do this swiftly.”

Can God speed up the answers to our prayers when He has a mind to move? Yes, He can. I have seen Him do it time and time again, and when it happens, it is a beautiful thing. But in order for us to witness this kind of supernatural intervention, we must keep our eyes on God, serve Him faithfully, and wait patiently for Him to act. Failing to trust Him in a situation can rob us of His best. God has not forgotten you. You will see Him fulfill those promises that He has spoken to your heart. If they seem delayed, know that when the appointed time comes, He can do a very quick work on your behalf. Thank Him today that He has good things in store for you!