What are you speaking to yourself through your thoughts? We are called to bless. That includes ourselves. Do you speak life words that affirm who you are in Christ? What do you think when you make a poor decision? What is your inner reaction when someone criticizes you?
James 3:9 applies to us as an individual as well as our relationship with others. It says about our tongue, “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.” Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…”
I know what I am writing about. In my years of self-hatred and self-rejection, I cursed my body with my words. Knowing what I know now, I can only imagine how my body shuddered every time I said, “I hate you body.” Through my death words, I was cursing my body that is made in the similitude of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19 was not a reality to me. Though I knew the verse, I did not live in the knowledge of its truth. It says, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” 1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”
We ‘practice the truth’ when we make it our own. It is experiential truth that sets us free. I was slowly destroying my health by my negative thoughts which became spoken words. Our thoughts control our brain, and our brain controls our body. How did I course correct? It was through my intimate communion with the Lord. He used my trial of falling into the ravine to woo me to Himself.
I accepted the Lord as my personal Savior in 1958. Yet, I knew nothing of intimacy with Him until 1977. The Lord knows us intimately, but it is not until we open our heart to Him that we can experientially dwell in that intimacy. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain…”
Revelation 3:2 was Jesus’ message to the dead church of Sardis. Listen to His words. “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.” Hebrews 12:27 says, “Now this, Yet once more, indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.”
Colossians 2:6-7 tells us how to strengthen the things which remain. This is about our faith. It says, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”
I want you to take a moment and think about your life and your walk with the Lord. When we speak negatively over ourselves, that is a dross that undermines our faith. It is time to examine our hearts. We live in unprecedented times. We need to remain steadfast and immovable in the face of evil. I encourage you right now to stop and say this verse out loud. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows right well.”