Self-Talk Is in the Word

In my most recent magazine article, Faith and Healing: When Self-Talk Can Be Good, I talked about a principle that the woman with the issue of blood employed when she received her healing from Jesus.

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: for she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. (Matthew 9:20–21 KJV)

The key to this woman’s healing is in this phrase: “for she said within herself.” She wasn’t talking to the crowds or her friends or her family. She wasn’t talking to the unseen realm. She was talking to herself. Whether or not she realized it, she was employing the spiritual principle of self-talk.

Now, this isn’t the only example of self-talk we have in the Word. Joshua was told to keep the book of the law in his mouth and meditate—murmur, ponder, and mutter—on it continually. David talked to himself all the time. He talked to his soul: “Why are you cast down, O my soul?” He told his soul to get right, to get joyous, to get up, celebrate, and rejoice in the Lord.

Paul wrote about self-talk in Ephesians 5:18–20.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; (KJV)

Do you see that? It says, “speaking to yourselves” and “making melody in your heart to the Lord.” That’s self-talk! We are to speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Hymns carry the connotation of celebration. Spiritual songs refer to singing in the Holy Ghost.

Verse 20 talks about our attitude: “Giving thanks always….” You don’t go to the Lord feeling a lot of self-pity and sorry for yourself. You’re not going to get too full of the Spirit that way; you’ll only get full of more self-pity. Instead, thank God for who you are in Christ, for the revelation you’ve been given to this point in your life, and for all eternity holds in store for you.

Now since the initial infilling or baptism of the Holy Spirit is evidenced by speaking in other tongues, you can rest assured that’s part of the refilling too. As you speak in tongues, you’re leaning on the truth of His indwelling presence, and that enables Him to be magnified within you. According to 1 Corinthians 14:4, he who speaks in an unknown tongue edifies himself and builds himself up. You become charged, He becomes bigger and bigger, and you become more and more full of His presence as this occurs.

I want to dive further into how we do this, but I’ll save it for a future blog post. Until then, remember: God’s will is the ultimate goal that we want to press toward in this life. We do that by generating momentum toward His will by praying in tongues and meditating or muttering His will to us (self-talk!) on a regular basis.

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About Mac Hammond

Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a nondenominational church located in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. Pastor Hammond also hosts the Winner's Minute and the Winner's Way television broadcasts and has authored several internationally distributed books . Mac Hammond is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living. Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a Bachelor's degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air Force with a regular officer's commission and reported for pilot training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. Mac received his wings in November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Captain. Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business serving the Midwestern United States. A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne Hammond to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.

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