To stop thinking about elephants, you need to start talking about tigers

Had breakfast with a friend this morning and we talked about things that can overwhelm you, especially when you can’t see the end of the tunnel or the breakthrough you’re looking for. Sometimes the circumstances are overwhelming and seem like the elephant in the room that weighs on you in a suffocating way.

There is no hack or trick here. To stop thinking of your circumstances and the dire situation you may find yourself in, change your “talking”. Speak out loud the promises from God’s word. You have to hear yourself speak something different to get you to change your mind. Your mind tracks with your tongue. Now, I’m not advocating speaking lies. When I had cancer, I didn’t say out loud “I don’t have cancer”. That is just a lie. But you don’t have to speak the circumstances either. Speak life. Speak the word of God. It gets you focusing on God, your deliverer and not on your circumstances.

Here’s what I mean. Let’s say you’re confronted with lack. Lack of whatever. You are thinking a lot about your lack and getting deflated because you don’t know how to address it or when it will change. Ok. Now, let’s get our tongue in gear. Speak out loud Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all “my” need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. That’s a paraphrase (I substituted “my” for “your”). Say it multiple times. Say it every time your lack raises its ugly head and gets you depressed or discouraged. Say the promise of God OUT LOUD so you can hear it. You don’t have to use a megaphone and you don’t even have to say it when others are around. Just hear yourself speaking the promise out loud. On your toilet. In your car. Wherever.

Now your focus is on God, your deliverer, your provider. You’re in the process of changing your mind from looking at you and your circumstances to God and His promises and His faithfulness. This seems trivial, almost silly. But God knew that we can mutter aloud our circumstances. He made us. He knows it’s the nature of most people. They mutter under their breath or out loud the negative circumstances around them. In Joshua 1:8 God said to mutter aloud (most translations say meditate). It’s from the Hebrew word hagah and it means to mutter aloud. Speak the promises of God out loud and you’ll change your mind and quiet your fears and then you will have good success, not just success (which anyone can have) but good success.

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Go to your local Walmart. Buy a bible promise book (some even list the promises by categories) and speak the word of God out loud over your specific situation. Tell God that He is faithful to His word and He will perform it. Don’t add to the word with your description of events (as if that matters).

Stop thinking of your circumstances by speaking His promises.


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