It’s no secret that I am an animal lover. I have several friends with companion birds. In my experience with the birds capable of mimicking speech, I’ve noticed that they tend to practice. My friend’s parrot, when trying to teach himself a new word, will quietly whisper it to himself over and over again in practice, until he gets it right. Sometimes, this will go on for weeks. Then finally, after much labor, he will begin to say the new word or phrase in an audible tone. After he is certain it’s correct, he will shout it whenever he sees fit.
Ok, so what does this have to do with God? Wait for it…In Romans 4:16-18 it speaks of calling things “which be not, as though they were.” We will never have the follower of Christ thing mastered. It is a process. However, there are promises in the Word that we can cling to along the way. “The power of death and life lies in the tongue.” Proverbs 18: 20-21 Speak God’s positive promises into your life, even when they don’t seem tangible.
If you are tired speak aloud, “Jesus said, ‘Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laiden, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28
If you are facing an insurmountable situation, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
If you are struggling with sin and impurity, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
If you feel alone, “I am with you always, even unto the ends of the age.” Matthew 28:20
If you are sick, “by His stripes, we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Some argue this is lying to oneself, I stand with Jesus and say that I am speaking things that are not as though they were. Sometimes I may have to say it fifty times before I can speak it in confidence. Sometimes it may take 5,000 whispers before I can shout it as a declaration. But every time I say it, I know that it is a promise of God, and I can trust Him to deliver. And “even if He does not, He is still able”
Maybe you can’t shout yet, but it’s time to start whispering.
Pursuing Him with you,