Death And Life Are In The Power Of The Tongue
iBelieve Magazine|October 2017
Death And Life Are In The Power Of The Tongue

I started smoking when I was nine and smoked for many years.

Joyce Meyer

I liked it! So when I decided to stop, it was really difficult for me. Every time I tried to quit, I’d last a few hours and then I’d be running around, digging cigarette butts out of the trash or looking for cigarettes in my coat pockets – anywhere I could think to look for them!

I didn’t have success until I got a revelation: I was burying myself in defeat with negative confessions. I had to stop talking myself out of my victory.

Thankfully, I finally realised that I was causing myself to fail through the negative things I was saying about myself.

For a long time I would say, “I just know I could never quit smoking. And if I did, I’d probably gain a lot of weight.” But God was able to get through to me eventually and help me see that if I didn’t change the way I was talking, I wouldn’t change.

Then, he began to put a desire in my heart to start speaking what I wanted, not what I had. I started saying things like, “I can’t stand to smoke! These things stink and they’re expensive. I don’t smoke anymore!”

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October 2017