1. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde
2. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
3. “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” ― Judy Garland
4. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ― Harvey Fierstein
5. “About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won’t like you at all.” ― Rita Mae Brown
6. “A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” ― Jim Morrison
7. “be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ― Henry David Thoreau
We have all done it – talked to ourselves. But what are we actually saying? If we have the power of life and death in our tongues – are we using this God given power to speak life, or death? Yep, killing ourselves softly – with our own words. Negative self talk will bring us down faster than anything or anyone. And today, after reading the scripture below in a new version, I saw that any gossip or criticism I speak about another person will COME BACK TO ME! Ouch!
God’s Word for You:
“Do not say what is wrong in other people’s lives. Then other people will not say what is wrong in your life.
You will be guilty of the same things you find in others. When you say what is wrong in others, your words will be used to say what is wrong in you.
Why do you look at the small piece of wood in your brother’s eye, and do not see the big piece of wood in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that small piece of wood out of your eye,’ when there is a big piece of wood in your own eye?
You who pretend to be someone you are not, first take the big piece of wood out of your own eye. Then you can see better to take the small piece of wood out of your brother’s eye.
“Do not give that which belongs to God to dogs. Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will break them under their feet. Then they will turn and tear you to pieces.
(Matthew 7: 1-6 NLV)
And I had to ask myself about the first part – DO NOT SAY WHAT IS WRONG WITH OTHER PEOPLE’S LIVES.
What if that other person is me?
Am I always finding things that are wrong with me?
Am I quick to criticize myself?
If someone else says something bad to me or about me, are those the words I cling to?
Do I repeat those words to myself – even if they are NOT TRUE?
Are those the words I want to bring life to?
So what can I start to speak over myself and others?
I Am Accepted
John 1:12 — I am God’s child.
John 15:15 — I am Christ’s friend.
Romans 5:1– I have been justified.
1 Corinthians 6:17 — I am united with the Lord, and I am one spirit with Him.
1 Corinthians 6:19,20 — I have been bought with a price. I belong to God.
1 Corinthians 12:2 7 — I am a member of Christ’s body.
Ephesians 1:1 — I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:5 — I have been adopted as God’s child.
Ephesians 2:18 — I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit.
Colossians 1:14 — I have been redeemed and forÂ¬given of all my sins.
Colossians 2:10 — I am complete in Christ.
I Am Secure
Romans 8:1,2 — I am free forever from condemnation.
Romans 8:28 — I am assured that all things work together for good.
Romans 8:31 — I am free from any condemning charges against me.
Romans 8:35 — I cannot be separated from the love of God.
2 Corinthians 1:21,22 — I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God.
Colossians 3:3 — I am hidden with Christ in God.
Philippians 1:6 — I am confident that the good work that God has begun in me will be perfected.
Philippians 3.20 — I am a citizen of heaven.
2 Timothy 1:7 — I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.
Hebrews 4:16 — I can find grace and mercy in time of need.
1 John 5.18 — I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me.
I Am Significant
Matthew 5:13,14 — I am the salt and light of the earth.
John 15:1,5 — I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life.
John 15:16 — I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
Acts 1:8 — I am a personal witness of Christ.
1 Corinthians 3.16 — I am God’s temple.
2 Corinthians 5:17 — I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
2 Corinthians 6:1 — I am God’s co-worker (1 Corinthians 3:9).
Ephesians 2:6 — I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm.
Ephesians 2:10 — I am God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 3:12 — I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Philippians 4.13 — I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
My Prayer for You:
We confess we have spoken ‘death’ over ourselves with our own negative self-talk. Today Lord we ask you to turn those words into dust and let them fall to the ground. They are not true – no matter if we said them, or someone else said them over us. Today is a new day Lord. We will begin today – now – to SPEAK LIFE over ourselves and over others as well. Let all gossip and criticism cease, in Jesus Name.
The young girl that used to believe in miracles and wonders.
The one that thought she could take on the world and never fail.
The girl who believed in herself and knew she was special.
The girl who wouldn’t let those mean words get through to her heart.
Wanted – the innocence again of childhood.
See, I have looked to many things to ‘find myself’. Maybe you have too. I looked to the world, I have looked to relationships, I have looked to money and jobs, I have looked to things like alcohol and drugs, I have looked to psychology and 12 step groups. I have even looked to church. But like Joseph and Mary long ago, I lost Jesus at the church. I worshipped the religion, but not the man – Christ Jesus. That was another 10 year adventure right there. But I never found her – that little girl lost, until I looked to Jesus. When I looked to HIM, I found ME!
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Today I am no longer who I thought I was. I used to put all sorts of labels on myself. And I used to believe the labels that others put on me. NO MORE! It was kind of funny, when the ‘light bulb’ went off for me. I used to be depressed. I used to take medicine and not get out of bed. And all day I would talk about how depressed I was to whoever would listen. The more I talked about it the worse I felt. And then, in my eyes – I BECAME depression. Talk about a downer! LOL! Things only started to change for me when I kept my mouth shut and stopped repeating the negative words over myself. I had to stop beating myself up with my words – especially when I looked in the mirror. And I had to start speaking positive words over myself – whether I liked it or not, whether I felt it or not.
Then, I had to learn the truth. Who does God say I am? Because obviously, I had no idea. I gave my power away and let others define me – what a mistake. No wonder I was an easy target for an Abuser. He could tell me whatever he wanted to and I would believe it. And seriously, after hearing those words day in and day out for years – you get brainwashed into thinking they are true. I won’t repeat those words – even here, but I am sure you have your own “words” that were spoken over you that were harmful.
I can testify that those words can be broken off – and turned into dust. But you have to speak to your own mountain to get it to move. Your body responds to your voice. I encourage you to speak the WORD over your life – and watch and see what happens! If you need those positive words – print this out and put it on your mirror: