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Set Your Life Direction with Your Words
By Joel Osteen - Dec 31, 2020
Did you know that the words you speak today are setting the direction for your life? If you want to know what you're going to be like five years from now, listen to what you're saying about yourself. "I'll never get well. I'll never break this addiction. I'll never recover from this setback." You are prophesying your future. You can't speak defeat and have victory. You can't talk sickness and have health. You can't speak lack and struggle and have abundance. The Scripture says, "You will eat the fruit of your words" (Proverbs 18:21).

Pay attention to what you're saying about yourself, your family, your finances, and your health. You're going to become what you're continually saying. That's why it's so important to get in a habit of speaking victory over your life. All through the day say what God says about you: "I am blessed. I am strong. I am healthy. I'm surrounded by favor. Something good is going to happen to me." The fruit of those words is blessing, favor, and abundance. It's not enough to just think it; we give life to our faith by speaking it out. When you're in tough times, you can complain or you can say, "Father, thank You that You're fighting my battles. Thank You that You always cause me to triumph, that I'm coming out of this better than I was before." That's prophesying victory.

The Scripture compares the tongue to the rudder of a ship. "Although a ship is large and driven by strong winds, it is steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go" (James 3:4). It's the same way with the tongue. It is a small part of the body, but it's steering your life. What you're saying is determining which direction you go. The good news is, you have control over your tongue. The next time you're tempted to say something negative about yourself, your future, your children, or your finances, zip it up. Don't steer toward defeat.

Are you sending your words out in the direction you want your life to go in 2021? The psalmist David says, "God will crown the year with a bountiful harvest, even the hard places will overflow with abundance" (Psalm 65:11). You can go around saying, "2020 was a tough year, and 2021 looks the same," or you can say, "Father, thank You that even in a famine, even in a pandemic, I am favored. Thank You that You're not limited by my circumstances or the economy. Thank You that I am prosperous and I will overflow with joy, peace, and strength in 2021. That's steering your ship toward increase, steering your ship toward overflow.
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