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What Are You Saying about Yourself?
By Joel Osteen - Jun 19, 2020
We hear a lot about blessing others—being good to friends, complimenting a family member, helping a neighbor. That’s all good, but it’s also important to bless yourself. That can sound odd and self-centered, but the Scripture says, “He who invokes a blessing on himself shall do so by saying, ‘May the God of truth bless me’” (Isaiah 65:16). The way you bless yourself is to say what God says about you. “I am strong. I am talented. I am forgiven. I am healthy. I am valuable. I am a masterpiece.” Those are not just positive affirmations; you just invoked a blessing on yourself. When you speak it out, you give life to what you’re saying. It’s not enough to just dwell on positive thoughts. Nothing happens until you speak. When you say, “I am blessed,” blessings come looking for you. When you say, “I am prosperous,” good breaks start tracking you down.

You can’t wait until you feel that way, and then you’re going to say it. “When the medical report turns around, then I’ll say I’m healthy.” It’s just the opposite. You have to declare you’re healthy before the health is going to show up. You have to say “I am confident” before you’re going to feel confident. If you say it long enough, those words get down in your spirit. You’ll start believing what you say about yourself more than what anyone else says about you. When you hear yourself day after day, it’s changing how you see yourself. Over time, you’re going to become what you’re saying. You are who you are in part today because of what you’ve been speaking over your life.

All through the day, you need to develop this habit of blessing yourself. When you’re in the shower, driving to work, and before you go to bed, keep saying, “Father, thank You that I am forgiven, I’m redeemed, that Your mercy is bigger than my mistakes. I am valuable. I am one of a kind. I have seeds of greatness.” Every time you say that, it’s getting deeper in your spirit and more ingrained in your thinking.

This is why it’s so important to pay attention to what you’re speaking over yourself. Other people may say things about you, but nothing is more powerful than what you say about yourself. “I am a child of the Most High God. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am handpicked by the Creator of the universe.” As you keep declaring that, it will get down in your spirit, and you can’t stay feeling insecure and unworthy. You’ll put your shoulders back, hold your head high, and go places that you’ve never dreamed.
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