It’s easy to be overwhelmed at times. Things like having to work at home and then learning that you have to homeschool your kids can definitely be the two straws that broke your back! Because we don’t always have others around to encourage us, we must find ways to help ourselves. So, let’s look at The Power of Encouragement.
In another post, I wrote about 32 Ways to Encourage Others and Yourself. Today, we are going to look more into the power of words and particularly inspiring and encouraging words. Words truly have power. That includes the words we speak to ourselves. In fact, those words are some of the most powerful because we hear them repeatedly and we believe them.
Scripture To Show Us the Power of Our Words and of Encouragement:
Words have power in matters of life and death, and those who love them will savor their fruit. Proverbs 18:21 The Voice
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 ESV
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 ESV
The Power of Words
I think we all probably know and have experienced the power of words to hurt or to build up. But, how much time do we spend in really evaluating our own words? Probably not enough. We have certain thoughts that we have kept in our minds for years. Some are good and some are not so good. In order to be experience the power of encouragement, we need to a thought inventory.
The Word tells us that what is in our heart is what we speak. So it’s logical that negative thoughts lead to negative words and then to discouragement.
Luke 6:45 The Voice, “It’s the same with people. A person full of goodness in his heart produces good things; a person with an evil reservoir in his heart pours out evil things. The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words reveal what’s within your heart.”
Proverbs 18:21 ESV, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
Proverbs 12:18 ESV, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Ephesians 4:29 ESV, “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.”
The Power of the Words We Speak to Ourselves
In looking at the three verses above we see that our words have the power of life or death, building up and imparting grace, and stabbing someone or bringing healing to them. I believe this applies to the words we speak to ourselves as well because, as we speak negative and positive words about ourselves, we are filling our own heart and inflicting wounds or healing on ourselves.
So words of encouragement have great power, and we can experience the power of encouragement in our own lives and the lives of those around us by taking care with what we think and say.
Definition of Encouragement
What is encouragement? While we might have a vague idea of it being uplifting and positive, encouragement is more than that. Let’s start by looking at the definition of ‘encourage’ from the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, ” a: to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope : HEARTEN she was encouraged to continue by her early success. b: to attempt to persuade : URGE they encouraged him to go back to school. 2: to spur on : STIMULATEwarm weather encourages plant growth3: to give help or patronage to : FOSTER government grants designed to encourage conservation. It comes from two Anglo French words en corager. Or, en courage.
Perhaps that helps you see the power of encouragement. It gives courage, spirit, hope. Encouragement urges or stimulates. The primary method of encouragement we have is through words. How do you encourage someone any other way? We can be encouraged by events, places, things or people but encouragement usually comes in words – yours or others whether written or spoken.
The power of encouragement also lies in the fact that it is positive. It’s the opposite of discouragement where something or someone is taking away hope and courage. You don’t fill yourself or someone else with courage through critical or negative talk.
The Power of Encouragement Within You
We all have the ability inside of us to activate the power of encouragement. It’s a power because of the visible, felt, and realized results of encouragement. We all feel better when we are around someone who’s positive and we feel worse around a person who is constantly critical and negative. Even our demeanor has power but it all comes from what is inside. The power lies within us.
As Christians, we have an additional power source – The Holy Spirit. He is ‘The Encourager.’ In fact, that’s one of His jobs. He’s like our own private cheerleader. He has other roles as well, like telling us when we are veering off the right path or speaking to us through our conscience to alert us. He gives us power.
The Holy Spirit is never negative, critical or condemning. He is everything opposite of those traits.
The Power of Discouragement Outside of You
If we’re going to talk about the power of encouragement, we have to look at reverse power of discouragement. Everyone knows what it’s like to feel discouraged. Right now with Covid-19 still not under control, discouragement and fear are all around us. We hear negative comments every day from a variety of sources.
Each day on the news, they announce the number of new and confirmed cases in my state. It is not encouraging. There is power in discouragement also, and part of that power involves fear and insecurity.
Discouragement Leads To Giving Up
What if you’re discouraged because you’ve tried and tried to lose weight and you just can’t so you give up. You don’t give up because God’s peace has come and taken your fear. No, you give up because you’re afraid the task is impossible and all your thoughts are negative in regard to the problem. You are afraid to continue to fail and that’s a pretty natural reaction, and you don’t want to keep failing and it’s all you can think about.
Llook at yourself as a failure and comparing yourself with others, you feel that you can never measure up. We’ve all been there and there’s only one way out. It’s to focus on the Word and what God says about you. “So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One.” Romans 8:1 TPT. Memorizing this verse won’t help you lose weight. It will help you lose condemnation which will then give you the hope to keep trying and looking for help while loving yourself like God does.
The Power of Encouragement is Realistic
Encouragement is not a ‘pie in the sky’ attitude or ignoring the reality around you. God doesn’t do that; Jesus didn’t do that; and, neither should we. We can be honest and realistic about the things around us while still being encouraged, encouraging others and allowing that power to work for us instead of against us.
Just like you, I hear all the negative coming from our society – the fear, unrest, anger, confusion, and bad news. But, my hope is not in the world around me. I look to another source and make my mind think on the Word of God, not the words of man. Then, I harness the power of encouragement by encouraging myself in the Word and in prayer. I use the Word to remind myself of the absolute truth which is God’s truth. That is encouraging and releases power within to restore hope, spirit, and courage.
The Power of Encouragement In the Bible
The Bible is filled with encouragement. Just look at John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” That’s encouraging!
Ask yourself – do you believe Jesus was the Son of God who came to give you eternal life? Have you invited Him into your heart? If you answer yes to both of those questions, then that verse is your promise of eternal life and love! That’s encouraging.
Does that scripture say anything about having to live up to a certain set of rules? No, it doesn’t. There are no pre-qualifications. Instead, you have a gift you didn’t earn or deserve and that’s exactly how God wanted it because it’s the only way we would ever realize what pure love really looks like!
Scripture On The Power of Words
- “A tender answer turns away rage, but a prickly reply spikes anger.” Proverbs 15:1 The Voice
- “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb: they drip sweet food for life and bring health to the body.” Proverbs 16:24 The Voice
- “Guard your words, mind what you say, and you will keep yourself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23 The Voice
- “Guard your words and you’ll guard your life, but if you don’t control your tongue, it will ruin everything.” Proverbs 13:3 TPT
- “A well-spoken word at just the right moment is like golden apples in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 The Voice
Those verses show us the power of our own words. The power that words possess comes from God.
- “The word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 The Voice
- “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 ESV
- “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4 ESV
The Power of God’s Words
I want to include one long passage of scripture from The Voice translation. To me, it is one of the most beautiful sections of scripture and I find hope, inspiration and courage every single time I read it.
Before time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial Word remained ever present with the Creator; His speech shaped the entire cosmos.
Immersed in the practice of creating, all things that exist were birthed in Him. His breath filled all things with a living, breathing light—A light that thrives in the depths of darkness, blazes through murky bottoms. It cannot and will not be quenched.
A man named John, who was sent by God, was the first to clearly articulate the source of this Light. This baptizer put in plain words the elusive mystery of the Divine Light so all might believe through him. Some wondered whether he might be the Light, but John was not the Light. He merely pointed to the Light. The true Light, who shines upon the heart of everyone, was coming into the cosmos.
He entered our world, a world He made; yet the world did not recognize Him. Even though He came to His own people, they refused to listen and receive Him. But for all who did receive and trust in Him, He gave them the right to be reborn as children of God; He bestowed this birthright not by human power or initiative but by God’s will.
The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth. John the Baptist testified about Him and shouted, “This is the one I’ve been telling you is coming. He is much greater than I am because He existed long before me.” Through this man we all receive gifts of grace beyond our imagination.
You see, Moses gave us rules to live by, but Jesus the Anointed offered us gifts of grace and truth. God, unseen until now, is revealed in the Voice, God’s only Son, straight from the Father’s heart.”
And God Said
Each time I read this passage in The Voice, I cry. It is the ultimate encouragement and fully demonstrates the power of God and the power of encouragement. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Trinity – spoke words. The words made something out of nothing. Jesus was and is the creator – The Voice. The Holy Spirit hovered over this unformed world and used His power as well. Genesis shows us the power of God’s words – “and God said.” His words have power and, because Jesus lives inside of us, our words have power to create.
What are your words creating?
The Power of Encouragement To Lift Yourself Up
The power of encouragement is dependent upon your focus. If you’re looking only at the darkness, there will be no encouragement. The same if you’re focusing your thoughts on what is negative, critical and fearful. But, if in the darkness, you are focused on God’s light, you will find encouragement and the darkness will fall away.
When your own words are discouraging, you can turn to God’s words to bring courage, hope, and inspiration regardless of your circumstances. In the midst of the hardship, the power of encouragement can be released.
Turn to The Words of God When:
- You don’t feel worthy.
- Fear has taken over.
- You feel small and inadequate.
- You’re lonely.
- Life seems to be too much.
- You need renewed hope.
I’ve had times of terrible pain, discouragement, loneliness, abandonment, grief, small faith, unworthiness, fear and more, just as most of you have. Over time, I’ve learned how to keep those emotions/feelings from overwhelming me. I’ve practiced tearing down strongholds of the thoughts in my mind as 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to do.
I’m telling you this to encourage you! It can be done. You can change your thoughts and renew your mind, which will change your words, which will change you! We are renewed from the inside out because the inside is the eternal part of us. Thankfully, we get a new outside.
Turn To The Word
If you feel small and inadequate – 2 Corinthians 5:17 The Voice, “Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun!“
If you feel weak – Isaiah 40:31 The Voice, “But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint.”
Is life just too much – Philippians 4:6-7 TPT, “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
The Power of Encouragement Comes By Changing Your Words
I’m sure you’ve heard of a ‘positive confession’ or ‘affirmations of faith.’ They are tools we can use to have the mind of Christ and to exercise the power of encouragement. You use the Word of God in prayer and to repeat to yourself to defeat discouragement. You are not pretending nothing is wrong. Instead, you are taking authority over your feelings, emotions, and thoughts and conforming them to the image of Christ.
If you are depressed, you use the Word to begin to change your focus and thought patterns. You are remembering what God says and putting your faith where it should be – in Christ not the things of the world.
This verse describes the process perfectly, Romans 8:6 TPT, “For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set controlled by the Spirit finds life and peace.“
- You are using your words to change your mind-set.
- You are using the Word of God to tell your inner man how it will think, feel, and where it will focus.
- It’s you taking authority over your emotions, reactions, thoughts, and words.
- You’re tapping into the power of ‘positive confession’ and ‘affirmations of faith.’
- God’s words become your words and you speak them until their power is real in your life.
Scripture Affirmation Example
Here are a few scriptures you can use to affirm your faith, change your thoughts, and let the power of encouragement infuse your body, soul, and spirit.
Proverbs 3:5-6 TPT, “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do,
and he will lead you wherever you go.”
This scripture is an instruction to us. But, you can turn it into an affirmation of faith by personalizing it so that it reads like this:
I will trust in the Lord completely and I will not rely on my own opinions. With all my heart I rely on God to guide me, and He will lead me in every decision I make. I will become even more intimate with Him in whatever I do, and He will lead me wherever I go.
Remember Whose You Are
It’s that simple. Again, you aren’t pretending anything. You are, by faith, taking God’s words and making them yours. You are telling your mind and soul how it will behave and what the future will look like. How can you do this when you are feeling like you deserve nothing from God?
That’s the whole point. You belong to God not yourself so, how you see yourself in the mirror of earth is not who you are. You are who God says you are and you are striving to be the person God created you to be. There is no focusing on your shortcomings or failures. God doesn’t do that and neither should you. Instead, you are focused on what God says is important – His Words.
Unleashing the Power of Encouragement
By using God’s words and standing on them in faith, you are unleashing the power of encouragement. This isn’t the Power of Positive Thinking. Instead, it is the much greater power of Thinking Like Christ and making your thoughts the ones that are His words and align with His ways.
Hebrews 11:1-2 The Voice, “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen. It was by faith that our forebears were approved.”
Hebrews 11 is the Faith Hall of Fame and the thing most of these people had in common was that they never saw all of the promises they believed in. Yet, their faith was completely true and what they believing came to pass. You can’t see your thoughts changing so, by faith, you take the steps. You stand on that absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.
Who Are You Listening To?
Romans 10:17 NLT, “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” Faith comes by hearing what? Words. When you heard those words, you believed in words about someone and something you cannot see.
Changing your mind-set is the process of hearing God’s words. You believe in the truth of words that will change you from the inside out. You believe in the author of those words. Then, you speak them over and over. You make them part of your heart and soul. Over time, you make them so much a part of you that, when negative fear filled words pop up, they are immediately replaced with the Word of God.
Whose Words Are You Listening To?
When the enemy says, ‘You’re to weak to do anything right.” You say, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” You say it regardless of how you feel or how your life looks. Your feelings and experience tell you that the enemy is correct. The Spirit of the living God who lives inside you, tells you the enemy is wrong and God is right – you CAN do all things through Christ who gives you strength – not through your own strength.
Activate The Power of Encouragement
You may be asking yourself, “How do I do this? Where do I start?” Here’s how.
- Create or download a War Room Binder. What is that? The term “War Room” came from a 2015 movie by the same name. A family in crisis meets an elderly woman named Miss Clara who has a room in her house she calls her War Room. She says, “in order to stand up and fight the enemy, you need to get on your knees and pray.” Maybe you don’t have a room but you can create a War Room Binder and strategy to release the power of encouragement in your life. I recommend you go to this link on Woman of Noble Character. These blogs have all the information you need to begin fighting!
- Find some Bible verses that specifically address the area of your life you are struggling with the most. Perhaps it’s faith. Google “Scriptures on Faith” and you will find lists of them in places like Open Bible. Use your War Room Binder to write out the scriptures and personalize them or print, copy, and paste them.
- Download the Scripture Prayers I’m including at the end of this blog. They are free and already personalized. All you have to do is print them and start using them every day! Put them in your War Room binder.
- Don’t stop. No matter how you feel or what you see. Don’t stop. We walk by faith, not by sight. Also, not by emotions.
Never Give Up
We are never to give up and there is no reason good enough to justify giving up on ourselves. Jesus hasn’t and never will. He said He would be with us always and He cannot lie. If He is with you, you will succeed. But your success may look different than what you thought it would. Embrace it.
I want to encourage you to take steps, learn how to make a War Room Binder or Journal, and make the Word of God part of your innermost being. Keep it in front of you at all times. Speak it continually. You’ll find the power of encouragement unleashed in your life as you are filled with hope in God, courage in Christ, and fellowship in the Holy Spirit.
Steps of Action
- First – create a War Room binder in any way you want using the link above.
- Second – do a thought inventory. Start writing down some of the thoughts you have in the area you are struggling in.
- Third – evaluate those thoughts in light of the Word. If they aren’t in agreement with the Word of God (negative ones definitely fit here), write them out and then change them to positive statements.
- Fourth – find Scripture that counteracts those negative thoughts.
- Fourth – write all this in your War Room Binder.
- Fifth – begin to pray for yourself and utilize the Scriptures you have written out incorporating your positive statements.
- Sixth – create some notecards you can carry with you that have the positive thought and the Scripture on them. Then, no matter where you are, you can immediately take those negative thoughts captive by using the Word of God.
- Seventh – Pray Scripture prayers. They are powerful because you are affirming the words of God and releasing them into your world, heart, and life.
- Eigth – find some friends to stand with you in this battle. Yes, it’s a spiritual battle. It is warfare but it’s a war you can win because Jesus already made the way for you!
- Ninth – use the power of praise and worship daily to turn your thoughts to greatness, beauty, might, love, and wonder of God.
- Tenth – use the power of gratitude to change your thoughts from negative to positive and unleash the power of encouragement.
I pray this helps you to and here are the Scripture prayers for you to download. Just click on the image below and you can download them immediately.
I pray you find encouragement and inspiration. Please contact me if you have questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
**WM uses verses from different Bible translations. To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit this page – Scripture Citations.