Written August 5, 2017
A few weeks ago I posted some reflections on where faith fits. The following thought process is connected to that theme. I have posted something similar to this in the past… But I believe this represents a different twist on it. I realize this may be fairly radical for some. I put this in the category of paradigm shifts I am working through and insights I am gaining.
Do our words and beliefs matter?
Most of us believe the difficult conditions in the world around us happened independent of what we believe about it… Therefore, if we harbor negative, pessimistic, or cynical attitudes…we are simply making an honest assessment of and making a reasonable response to our observations. Sometimes this perspective and response is seen as wise and discerning. But, what if it doesn’t work that way? What if we have that backwards? What if…what we believe in our hearts and then confess with our mouths drives or creates the earthly environment around us? What if…what we believe in our hearts and declare with our mouths is actually a reflection of the measure of faith we possess in our hearts (Matthew 12:34)… and that “faith posture” is the basis for what is released around us? [Negativism, cynicism, and pessimism are all rooted in unbelief.] What if the degree of faith we operate in , or the lack there-of, impacts God’s willingness to supernaturally act in the world around us? What if – as I heard someone say… “we attract what we believe.” (“And Jesus didn’t do very many miracles there because of their lack of faith.” Matthew 13:58). Sounds like our measure of faith is connected in some fashion to God’s willingness to act supernaturally… It certainly seems fair to say that our measure of faith is part of the equation. Perhaps our words carry more weight than we thought.
Here comes the radical part… God is a creative being. God spoke and the world came into existence. Now, listen to this: “God created us in His image”. Could it be that we are also creative beings, and our words are are actually creating more around us than we realize? Could it be that the conditions in the world around us are largely our own doing? Could it be that we are now living in yesterday’s verbal declarations?
Perhaps what we believe in our hearts and our verbal declarations which reflect it, really matters. I think it does.
This is part of it…
Have you ever ridden on the negative bandwagon? What about making comments like these… (I’m intending to change my thinking and stop saying these, by the way):
I can’t win for losing…
It’s always something…
Three steps forward two steps back.
I always get the short end of the stick.
Well, isn’t that just the way it is.
Well, join the club.
Oh, I knew that would happen.
That always happens to me.
Those things happen…
If anything can go wrong, it will…
When it rains it pours.
When we make comments like these in connection with negative circumstances or observations, it would seem that we are coming into agreement with that situation. “Isn’t that just the way it is?”…. Well, is it?… Is that what we believe? Is it really that way? When we say things like that, are we representing the earthly facts, or are we aligning with the truths of heaven? —- The former. Is this what we intend to do?
Could it be that our words and this “application of our faith” (or the lack there of) perpetuates the negative circumstance… or at least impacts the spiritual realm, paving the way for perpetuating this circumstance?
Formula: Circumstance + my verbal declaration about it = My Faith (or lack there of) in action Impacting the Spiritual Realm.
We are Creative – Practical Application: https://davidhallum.blog/2018/02/07/we-are-creative-practical-application/