I was scrolling through Facebook half asleep, even one eye closed. Then all of a sudden my opened eye caught something some one wrote, it was quite a passage but all my spirit caught and focused on was that she said ‘My anxiety’! My anxiety…. MY ANXIETY! Now If you know me, you know I can’t stand it when people say that or do that. When they use ‘my’ with an illness or disease or any negative situation. I mean I’ve heard people say my migraine, my asthma, my allergies, my ulcer, my cramps!!
OH MY DAYS!!!! I mean how do you expect healing when you are identifying yourself with it, how do you want God to take something that belongs to you away. We use this same ‘My’ for our spouses, parents, cars, phones as a sign of ‘ownership’ and relationship! The moment you tag those illnesses as yours, God can’t touch it, He’s not a thief neither is He the author of confusion. You obviously want it enough to call it yours so why should He step in and deny you of it.
“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” – Matthew 15:11
As Christians, we need to be aware that there is so much power in the words we speak. Words carry spirit, you choose what kind of spirit to brood over the words you speak. As Christians, our mouths were made to speak things into existence, to bring down strongholds, to build and to tear down so it may not seem like much, it may not seem like it’s a big deal but every time you say MY headache, MY asthma, MY leg pain, MY back issue, MY blood issue, you are giving the illness the right and permission to stay in your body! You are saying you own it and God can’t deal with it if you are willingly choosing to identify with it.
I have a friend whose fondest memory of me growing up was that if anyone said ‘my sickness or I’m sick’ I would just pounce on the person so sometimes being the silly junior high school kids that we were, to get my attention, one of them would just loudly enough for me to hear say ‘ my sickness came last night‘ or something related, and she said no matter what I was doing at that moment, I’d turn at whoever or wherever that statement came from and say “Is the sickness yours? Did you pay for it? Do you want it to stay? How do you expect God to take away something that you hold so dearly enough to call it ‘MY’?” The moment I was done; they would just burst into laughter because they got me, as time went on I realized what they were doing but it was so important to me to get the truth to them regardless.
‘If I don’t take my pills, my attack would start’ – How on earth are we not seeing the problem with that? YOUR ATTACK? Like why would you even want to associate yourself with something like that? For some people, yes I know you’ve said it for a long while and don’t even realize that you are saying it. For others, you realize alright but don’t see it as a big deal, for others too, you are so familiar with the ailment that it really and sincerely makes sense for you to call it yours. However, I can’t understand you! I refuse to! Yes, I may not know how long you’ve had it or anything but I apologize I wont accept you labeling it as yours regardless.
I’m very grateful that at a very tender age, my parents and my uncle Richie instilled that in me. Aye!! Slack and say ‘my’ with any ailment and let any one of the three hear you, there would be a 30-minute sermon, confession and deliverance. Our words are powerful, the devil doesn’t need much to gain access into our lives. It takes something as little as calling his ‘gift’ of infirmity to you; ‘MINE’ to get him to stay. How can you say you accept, welcome and identify with the gift but not the person presenting the gift? If you accept the gift, you accept the person presenting it as well.
“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matthew 12:37
The Holy Spirit has been talking to me about the little little harmless-looking/sounding things we say, do, permit, ignore that are doing grave harm. That are giving the devil entry way into our lives and that are making the Christian lifestyle and walk seem harder than it is. I pray that as the weeks go by I would be led to share these gems with you.
I’m writing this post to plead with you! I’m beseech you with the mercies of God, please stop it! Please stop giving the devil reason to stay by calling his seeds yours. Please stop fueling his craft in your lives by building a relationship and connection with it. The moment you repeatedly say MY *insert illness*, No no wait even if you say it once, it’s beyond enough for the devil to hold on to and have it perform in your lives. As much as you shouldn’t say it for yourselves, don’t say it for someone else too, His back problem again or her migraines. No No No No!!! please stop it! Like I keep saying, it really may not seem like anything but the same way I’ve personally seen the pronouncement of positive words fruit much in my life and in the lives of friends and family, I know the pronouncement of negative or evil will bear much fruit as well. Plus, what do you lose if you just make a decision to stop calling it yours? Regardless of what you feel or how long you’ve had whatever it is, I want you to repent to God concerning it and also challenge you to make a decision to stop labeling it as yours, to rebuke it anytime it leaves your mouth and most importantly counter it with the Word of God and watch.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” – Ephesians 4 :29
Until next time, stay blessed!