This morning in prayer, the Lord spoke to my heart about the power of words. It’s amazing how one word can change my perception.
As I was praying, I spoke what I meant to be a declaration of faith. I said, “Lord, You have never failed me yet.” Almost immediately, I sensed the Holy Spirit inquire, “Yet? At what point are you expecting me to fail you?”
I realized that one word changed the focus of my declaration. ONE WORD!
When I say, “You have never failed me,” I am acknowledging the faithfulness of God. I am acknowledging the fact that God is not capable of failure. I am acknowledging His desire to bless me in all things, in every way, at all times! In other words, I am Expecting The Best at all times.
However, when I say, “You have never failed me yet,” I’m leaving the door open to doubt. I’m leaving open the possibility that God could fail me in the future. Even though it has not been His track record with me; even though He has come through every time…without fail. By adding that one word…“yet”…I am making an inaccurate declaration that changes my expectation from faith to doubt.
Let’s be clear. I may fail. I may fall short. I may face consequences that accompany MY poor decisions. But, God…FAIL? Never!
So, today I will acknowledge God’s faithfulness to me. I will add to my faith by subtracting any words that invite doubt.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 ESV)