The Miracle In Your Mouth
What you say in the midst of your difficulties will have a great impact on how long you stay in those situations.
Jose Lima starred as a pitcher with the Houston Astros for several years in the late 1990s. Jose is an outgoing, energetic, likable young ballplayer who usually exudes a positive attitude. But when the Astros built their new ballpark, known now as Minute Maid Park, Jose was upset. The fence in left field was much closer than the fence at the Astrodome. In fact, Minute Maid Park has one of the shortest distances from home plate to the left-field fence of any ballpark in Major League Baseball. The hitters love it, but the short left field makes it tougher on the pitchers, especially when they are working against right-handed batters who tend to hit to left field.
The first time Jose Lima stepped onto the new diamond, he walked out to the pitcher’s mound, and when he looked into the outfield, he immediately noticed the close proximity of that left-field fence. “I’ll never be able to pitch in here,” he said.
The next season, despite the enthusiasm of the fans and the excitement of playing in that brand-new ballpark, Jose had the worst year of his career. He plummeted from being a twenty-game winner to being a sixteen-game loser in back-to-back seasons. Never in the history of the Astros franchise had any pitcher experienced such a pronounced negative turnaround.
What happened to Jose? The same thing that happens to many of us every day, we get what we say. Our words have tremendous power and whether we want to or not, we will give life to what we’re saying, either good or bad.
The Scripture clearly tells us to speak to our mountains. Maybe your mountain is a sickness; perhaps your mountain is a troubled relationship; maybe your mountain is a floundering business. Whatever your mountain is, you must do more than think about it, more than pray about it; you must speak to that obstacle. The Bible says,” Let the weak say I’m strong. Let the oppressed say I’m free. Let the sick say I’m healed. Let the poor say I’m well off.” ( Joel3:10, Luke 4:18, Isaiah 40:29, Psalm 22:26).
Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are, and start talking to yours mountains about how big your God is!
“People see God every day, they just don’t recognize him.” Pearl Bailey
A Prayer for Today: Father, I’m tired of all the nagging, complaining, whining, and wondering. I’m tired of all the fear and worry and feelings of unworthiness and misery. Forgive me for my weak, anemic faith, and help me get rid of all that negative talk and those discouraging thoughts. Renew my mind, enabling me to speak words of blessing and healing over my life and the lives of others. Remind me of Your power each day, and in Your grace allow those words of blessing to come to fruition.
Takeaway Truth : I am valuable. I am loved. God has a great plan for my life. I have favor wherever I go. God’s blessings are chasing me down and overtaking me. With that in mind, I can dare to speak positively about every situation I face.