As writers we should understand the power of our words. I find it disheartening how many times we use our gift with words as a weapon rather than a tool. The words we speak and write have the power to give life, create, and inspire but we often use our words to tear ourselves down, rather than to build ourselves up.
Dear writer, stop being your biggest critic.
The words we speak over ourselves during the writing process can place a roadblock on our progress. Do you find yourself struggling with writers block? What have you been speaking through you heart, mind, and mouth?
As a writing coach, I have come across many writers who battle fear, anxiety, and low self-esteem. This is a tactic of the enemy to keep them from putting pen to paper. This is a strategy to keep them from speaking the truth and spreading the message that God has placed on their heart. If the devil can get you to focus solely on yourself and take your eyes off of the assignment at hand, he doesn’t have to worry about you making an impact for God’s Kingdom. He has you right where he wants you: in the dark, as you destroy yourself with your very own words.
I often hear writers make excuses like, “I have writer’s block”, “I didn’t go to school for this”, or “I am not skilled or talented enough.” We can’t allow ourselves to succumb to the lies of the enemy. Instead, we need to combat those lies with God’s truth and stand on what His word says about us. We are human and we will all get tested, meaning that there is no avoiding these attacks. But for every temptation, God has provided a way of escape. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
Whenever you feel insecurity and fear rising up, know that God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind according to 2nd Timothy 1:7. Therefore, since your mind is sound… you are able to clearly process your thoughts and write. You are clear of all the clutter and are free to hear from the Holy Spirit who imparts to us His revelation knowledge. This verse says that God’s gives us power. This power will flow through our words when we are obedient to write and speak what God is leading us to. People can encounter God’s very presence from your book! They can be delivered and healed just from reading your testimony. The bible says: “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:11) The power of our word, accompanied by what Christ did on the cross, is a recipe for satan’s defeat.
When these thoughts of insecurity, self-doubt, and fear begin to invade our minds we must make a conscious decision to cast them down in the name of Jesus.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
When we cast down these thoughts, we must then respond by renewing our minds while confessing and applying God’s truth. For example, respond with God’s word and combat the specific lie that says you are in bondage to writer’s block.
Declare, “No, I do not have writer’s block. I am inspired and moved to write as the Holy Spirit leads me. According to God’s word in Luke 12:12, the Holy Spirit will teach me what to say. According to John 16:13, He guides me into all truth and tells me what’s to come. I don’t have to be qualified or skilled in the the world’s eyes. The bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God has anointed me for what he has called me to do and He is my greatest teacher!
I challenge you today to start taking responsibility over your words. Use your words as a tool to build God’s kingdom and bring Him glory. On judgement day, you will be accountable for every single word that comes out of your mouth (Matthew 12:36). Make Daddy proud. Go out and write. Write now, fearlessly!