Did you know that the human mind tends to follow its most dominant thought? For example, if a child is walking along the edge of a wall and you shout, “Don’t fall!,” the child is now slightly more likely to fall because you suggested a thought that could dominate the confidence they had before.
Your words are powerful. They are a reflection of what is in your heart, and they tend to shape the reality about you and around you. Why? Because they reinforce your most dominant thoughts.
If you repeat, I’m just so afraid all the time… Nothing ever works out for me… I’ll just never measure up… then you will tend to live down to those thoughts. But if you repeat, I have strength and confidence… I enjoy God’s favor… I live under grace because of Jesus… I am healed by his blood… then you will tend to live up to those thoughts more.
Here’s an honest question. Do you say things, out loud, that tend to reflect positively on God and on your relationship with him?
The psalmist declared,
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
~ Psalm 91:2 NIV
In verse one of this passage, we saw two of God’s names used by the writer: El-Shaddai (the Almighty) and El-Elyon (the Most High). And in this second verse, the writer uses two more names for God. Yahweh (the God who saves) and Elohim (the all-powerful Creator).
And the psalmist declared that he would say, out loud, that the all-powerful Creator who saves is the source of his protection. And we get to say the same thing today, out loud.
In other words, there is tremendous power in declaring, out loud, that God is the Almighty, the Most High, the God who saves, the all-powerful Creator, and that it is in your relationship with him that you take ultimate refuge.
You are not blessed and protected and favored because of who you are or what you have done. You are blessed and protected and favored because of who God is and what God does for you. So say it out loud, The Almighty, Most High, Savior and all-powerful Creator is my refuge and strength!