So many women walk around thinking of themselves as defeated, a failure, unworthy and unlovable. Women sometimes see themselves that way because others have told them so, because of past hurts or abuse, because something they had hoped for just did not work out the way they had planned or because they feel less than others around them.
The problem is once you see yourself that way, you will speak of yourself that way and what that does is condemns you to a life of negativity – a life that isn’t prosperous. It is a cycle that YOU perpetuate.
Here is what I mean. Whenever we activate negative thoughts and words, we create a pigeonhole that keeps us trapped in that negative spiral.
Let us examine the term pigeonhole. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the verb pigeonhole as “to assign to a particular category, typically an overly restrictive one” or “to lay aside”. The Urban Dictionary defines it as “to put something into a drawer/box and forget about it for a long term.” In simpler terms, your negative thoughts and words restrict you, lay you aside so that opportunities consistently pass you by, and trap you in a box.
The truth is negative thinking is destructive. It drains your energy and stops you from moving towards and engaging in positive activities. It leaves you feeling badly, and locks you into believing that you do not deserve more or better.
The same is true of negative words. Proverbs 18:21 says “the tongue has the power of life and death.”(NIV) The Message Bible puts it this way…”Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” When we say harmful words and/or belittle children, they cry and cower. Very few see it as a call to toughen up and be better than whatever you professed to them. It is the same with our brains and bodies. When we say harmful words etc….our brains and bodies cry and cower…rather than shine and be/become all that God has lovingly ordained for us.
So instead of negative thoughts and words, try positive (prosperous) thoughts and utterances. Replace negative thoughts and words with what God says. Fact is, prosperous women think and speak positively. They think and say only what God says. Why? Because His Word is light (Psalm 119:105) and will lead you through all darkness. It is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12a) and will give you life and keep you going even when you feel low. It is a weapon (Hebrews 4:12b; Ephesians 4:17) and will cause you to bounce forward regardless of the depth of your struggle.
Moreover, the Word of God says wonderful things about us as children of God. These very words give life and are the words we should choose to believe. For example, one of my favorite verses is 1 Peter 2:9. Here the Apostle Peter is explaining what God says about His people. He was sharing with them how they differ from the rest of the world. He said “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood…God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).
“Chosen people” means God chose you. Not the other way around. And He chose you for great and lovely things. In fact, Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Peter then described the people of God as “a royal priesthood”. This is how we received that designation of royalty. If you are a Christian it means you are a “child of God” (John 1:12). Once a child of God you are a brother/sister of Jesus Christ. As a brother/sister of Jesus Christ, you are also heirs in and to the royal Kingdom of God. So essentially by your rebirth (being born again) you come into God’s Kingdom and become royalty. If you’re still not sure what that means then here are synonyms of the word royal: excellent, marvelous, magnificent, splendid, superb, wonderful, and first-class. If you weren’t aware before, you now know that this is how God sees you. This is what He wants you to walk in daily, as a child of the King.
1 Peter 2:9 also says you are God’s special possession. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word special means “being in some way superior, held in particular esteem, readily distinguishable from others of the same category, designed for a particular purpose or occasion.” God said, says and is saying that about YOU!
As God’s possession, He has the responsibility to take care of you. He is your source for all things. In other words, He’s not just money or a shoulder to cry on when things get super rough. You can speak to Him daily and He will reply. In His reply, He will show love, compassion and unmerited favor (grace). Of a truth, like all fathers, He will also discipline but that discipline if you heed makes you stronger and better off for it.
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