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What Are You Talking Yourself Into?
By Joel Osteen - Nov 11, 2016

Did you know that you can talk yourself into defeat or victory? You can talk yourself into weakness, or you can talk yourself into strength. When you speak to yourself the right way, courage comes, determination comes, vision comes. Every time you say, "This is too hard. Strength is leaving. I can't do this anymore," you're getting weaker. Or say, "I'm so disappointed. I can't believe this happened," you're inviting discouragement. But when you say, "I am well able," you're inviting strength. "I can do all things through Christ," you're inviting favor. You may feel tired, but don't verbalize it. Don't give life to it by speaking it out. The scripture says, "Let the weak say 'I am strong.'" It doesn't say, "Let the weak talk about the weakness." "Let the sick talk about the sickness." "Let the disappointed talk about the bad break." No, turn it around. "Yes, this is tough, but I am strong in the Lord. I know God is fighting my battles. He always causes me to triumph." That's what it means to take hold of His strength.

Isaiah put it this way, "If you'll wait on the Lord, He will renew your strength. You will mount up with wings like eagles. You will run and not be weary. You will walk and not faint." Now, "waiting on the Lord" doesn't mean to sit back passive and idle. It's not the attitude, "Okay God, I'm tired. I'm worn out. Do Your thing. Renew my strength." That word "wait" in one translation says, "Those who look for God's goodness, who expect His favor, who long for His blessing." Waiting is supposed to be active. "Lord, thank You that You're turning this situation around. Thank You that You're bigger than this cancer, stronger than these opponents. Lord, thank You for bringing my dreams to pass."

Today, get your mind going in the right direction by getting your words going in the right direction. Talk yourself into victory. Talk yourself into strength. Talk yourself into blessing and move forward into the life of abundance God has in store for you!

 …Let the weakling say, "I am strong!" (Joel 3:10, NIV)
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