Devotional: The Power of Words
“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19
I believe deep down in my core that most of us are using only a fraction of the power available to us by the living God. I’ve thought about this so much lately and I just can’t help but feel like the way we go about our days, the way we think, the way we approach the world every day is so far below what could be. I believe there’s so much more we could experience emotionally if we had the power to understood just how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is for us. (Ephesians 3:18)
My natural tendency is to be much more negative than I’d like to admit. I’m more prone to expect the worst, instead of anticipating the best. I’m naturally very critical of myself. Worry-prone. I can be easily bothered by trivial things like the weather. This year in particular has been a battle with the enemy for my mind. Maybe you can relate. But I know that’s not the way God wants me to live, so I’ve worked really hard to change my mindset over the last several months. And lately I’ve been using power statements based in scripture as a tool to correct my thinking.
Have you ever noticed how the Psalms are filled with power statements? This book in the center of the Bible is quite literally overflowing with one-liners that will knock your socks off, fill you with authority, and light a fire in your soul:
I know the Lord is always with me, I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. Psalm 16:8
I sing for joy in the shadow of God’s protecting wings. Psalm 63:7
God is my rock and my salvation. Psalm 62:6
My heart overflows with beautiful thoughts. Psalm 45:1
But I will call on God, and the Lord will rescue me. Psalm 55:16
Through each day, the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me. Psalm 42:8
You have armed me with strength for the battle. Psalm 18:39
In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. Psalm 18:29
The Lord is my Shepard; I have everything I need. Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in Him with all my heart. Psalm 28:7
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings, until this violent storm is past. Psalm 57:1
I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? Psalm 56: 11
Notice the authority and confidence in these words?! There are literally hundreds of these powerful statements throughout the Psalms and the entire Bible–ready to be used. These words are gifts of truth written for you and me and they can transform our mindset. Jesus himself even quotes Psalms several times in the gospels, so why shouldn’t we be declaring these things for ourselves and using them every day?
Our subconscious mind pays attention to what we say and think, which means replacing our negative thoughts with these verses can literally transform our minds. If we believe with 100% confidence in the truth of verses like Psalm 16:8 and Psalm 28:7, I know we can experience an entirely new way of living, thinking, and going throughout each day. And that’s what I want more than anything–I want to experience all the peace, strength, and joy that comes from the Lord. I want to be immune to discouragement, fear, anxiety, dread, worry, depression, negativity, comparison, etc.
I want to thrive. I want to be powerful and confidently walk in my true identity from Christ. I want the Holy Spirit to fill every corner of my thought life. And even when life is hard and struggles come, I desperately want to live at a new level with the Lord. I want to think about things in an entirely new way. That’s what I’m fighting for and I believe it’s possible for us all if we let these powerful words from scripture grow like little seeds planted in our minds and hearts.
Renewing our minds isn’t easy, but it’s possible. And scripture is the only manual we need to get it done. I encourage you to find your own power statements in the Bible and meditate on them as often as possible. What you say to yourself matters, so repeat these truths to yourself throughout your day, before falling asleep, and when you wake up. This has been very helpful to me lately and I know it will empower you too! xo
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit.”
Ephesians 3: 16