1. Read it Out Loud and Write it Down
Although I'm an English Educator who makes her students read aloud, I know the belief most of us have about doing so—we feel silly and don't want to do it! However, if I've learned anything, there is so much power and strength that comes from speaking God's Word out loud!
While it might seem silly, when we take the Words of God that we read to ourselves and state them out loud, they are no longer words but a declaration of truth. We can recite thoughts in our heads all day long and not believe an ounce of them. But the second we speak those words, good or bad, they gain influence and power.
Hebrews 4:12 of the NASB states, "For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12, NASB).
If we learn to speak the powerful Words of God's Scripture, we are then not only more likely to believe them but to put into action what they say! Similarly, when we write these words down, we are affirming the truths written on our souls.
Exodus 31:33 of the New Readers Standard Version highlights this fact: "I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people" (Exodus 31:33, NRSV). Thus, when we speak and write God's Word, it becomes internal and direct knowledge we can access at any time.
The war we fight in this world is against flesh and blood, but through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross, we are covered by the blood of the lamb that proclaims life and truth into our hardships. Reading the Psalms by stating them aloud and writing them down will enable you to fight with the most powerful weapons imaginable.
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