Do you ever find that you are talking to…yourself? I do it at times and people think it is weird. Probably is.
The idea of self talk reminds me of an old SNL skit called “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley.” Stuart Smalley would look into a mirror and say to himself: “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me.”
While I’m not quite sure that works, I do believe Stuart was on to something in regards to our faith.
The Bible says this about faith:
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Rom 10:17)
So often I think our faith doesn’t grow because we don’t hear enough truth to build our faith. Perhaps we need to say it out loud so we can also hear it. There is something uniquely powerful about saying/praying Scripture out loud. Sure you can process it in your mind, but I believe something more transformational takes place when we hear words of faith. It’s almost as if it gets deeper into our soul.
I am praying for God to do some pretty big things over the next 5 years of ministry. And I’ve realized that I need to do more than just hope, I need to enlarge my faith to believe for it. Recently I was reading about activating your faith in Steven Furtick’s book “Sun Stand Still” (great practical read on having an audacious faith) and I was impressed to write down promises from Scripture and then to say them out loud regularly.
So I have compiled a list of about a dozen passages that I am memorizing and saying to myself often.
Here are some of my faith verses:
1 Cor 2:9
1 John 5:14-15
2 Peter 3:9
1 Timothy 4:12-16
Some might call it psycho babble or self talk.
I prefer to call it Faith Talk.
Got any more I can add to my list?