My daughter, Karis, and I were discussing telling ourselves the truth—and not giving the enemy the satisfaction of hearing our continuous repeating of the negative or seemingly hopeless situation. I mentioned a lady who had wanted to quit smoking. She had openly confessed that she’d be driving down the road, saying out loud, “I’m quitting smoking” …while smoking!
Karis said, “But that’s good.” She explained that even while apparently not able to follow through on the quitting, this woman was saying out loud, reinforcing/programming in her heart, the message she actually knew (head) but was struggling to follow (will/heart). I agreed with her that eventually your heart can catch up if you reinforce truth (victory and freedom) rather than lies or hopelessness (bondage to that thing).
So I’m thinking of “truth” Scriptures we should keep telling ourselves: “We are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5: 20). “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth” (Psalm 86:11). “The word of the Lord is right and true…. The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him” (Psalm 33:4, 18)…
Some people might say, “But wait. We need practical advice. Those truths don’t actually address our daily struggles.” Really? Well, maybe we need to say them out loud while driving down the road.