The subconscious mind is responsible for roughly 95% of the programming that takes place in our brain. “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality” ~Earl Nightingale.
The words we allow into our brain are critical in terms of both our own self-programming and how those closest to us program themselves. Speaking words of truth and life can positively impact how others see themselves. Small words of truth and positivity can stay with someone a long time. Conversely, speaking words of negativity can adversely impact others in ways we can’t imagine. Rachel Wolchin once said, “Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime.”
God has a lot to say about the power of words – the power to do good, the power to do evil. I remember times in my life when people spoke positive words into me, and they motivated, inspired, and led me to take action. Unfortunately, I remember times when people spoke negative words that deflated, discouraged, and led me to give up. “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
Matthew chapter 12 shares some words directly from Jesus. In verse 34, Jesus says, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Jesus said this to show us that words don’t just come out of our mouths, they are a reflection of the condition of our heart. If our heart is in a bad place, our words will follow. If our heart is aligned with the heart of Jesus, our words will also follow.
Verses 36-37 then say, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” That’s not a conversation I look forward to. I think we’ve all unloaded our share of “empty” words.
In Ephesians 4:29, the author, Paul, says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Paul realized both the power of words and the value of community. Can you imagine what the world would look like if everyone spoke words that would consistently build others up according to their needs?
God’s Words About You
It’s important to recognize the voice of God versus the voice of the enemy. The voice of God will always speak truths that are consistent with His word. The enemy, however, will speak lies that are in direct conflict with God’s word. Our conscious brain needs to recognize the difference and filter out the negative messages so that they don’t become part of our subconscious mind. Here are a few truths about what God says about you:
- Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” Yes, you were made in the image of God.
- Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” You were wonderfully made by the Creator of the universe.
- Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Can you picture God taking such great delight in you that He rejoices with singing?
- John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves you so much that He gave His Son to die a horrible death so that you may be saved.
- Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Jesus said this, and He values you so much that He wants your light to shine throughout the world.
- 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.” God has great plans for you – all you need to do is surrender to Him.
God’s words are words of life, truth, and victory. Those words are God speaking directly about you and to you. This is what your subconscious mind should have permanently engraved in it as the truth about who you are.
You have choices when it comes to words:
- You can choose which words you accept as truth. Choose the word of God.
- You can choose which words you reject as lies. Reject the words of the world and the enemy.
- You can carefully choose which words you speak unto others. Speak truth, speak hope, speak life, and speak victory.