As a freshman in high school, I was a pretty decent basketball. I could compete, but not at a very high level. In gym class one day a guy told me that I was the worst basketball player in the gym (He really said “You suck, and you should stop playing basketball). So I challenged him to a 1-on-1 game. My friends thought I was nuts!
He was the best freshman basketball play that year, he was a freshman starter on our varsity team, and they were really good. After playing a grueling game, going back and forth, point for point, I beat him.
The only reason I challenged him was because he spoke something over me that wasn’t true. I wouldn’t accept the words he spoke about me, but what if I did?
Do we sometimes listen to what people say about us and accept it as truth?
“You’re just like your Father.”
“You’ll never change who you really are.”
“You can tell yourself you’re beautiful all you want, but you’re not.”
When people speak words like this over us, we have a choice to either accept what they’re saying, or reject it. We can either believe what they say, allowing it penetrate our hearts, or we can reject it and replace it with God’s word.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 says “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
This is God’s truth for us, and we can choose to accept it. When we do, we have the ability to encourage ourselves and others alike. God’s truth helps us know who we are and helps us to reject the things spoken to us that aren’t true.
We have to be very careful about what words we accept because when we accept certain things spoken to us, we begin to take them on and accept them as truth.
Along with taking on these words, we start to speak the same things to ourselves and to others.
The only way we can encourage ourselves and others, is if we allow God’s truth to be spoken into our lives, and we choose to accept it.
Today, I want you to accept the truth that God speaks over your life, and take that same truth to your family, workplace, and school.
You were made for this.
Donte Allen is a Husband, Father, and Content creator, on a journey to become a full-time writer. He aspires to encourage and engage Christian families with practical wisdom.