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Faith and Healing: Self-Talk Is 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.

God’s will, of course, is the ultimate goal that we want to press toward in this life. How do we do that? We generate momentum toward His will by praying in tongues and meditating or muttering His will to us (self-talk!) on a regular basis.

Faith and Healing: Generate Momentum Toward His Will
If you love the Lord, God has prepared some wonderful things for you that eye hasn’t seen and ear hasn’t heard, and these are the things God wants you to generate momentum toward in your life. Look at 1 Corinthians 2:9–10.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. (KJV)
The Bible is the will of God for all believers of all ages. It reveals His general will for us, but everybody is a unique creation and God also has a unique plan for you as an individual. The specifics of His will—where to live, your ministry and vocational pursuits, who to marry, etc.—are revealed to you by the Holy Spirit. Both His general and specific will are things we want to build momentum toward in our lives.

Well, how can we receive specific revelation from the Holy Spirit? Look at what Paul writes in verse 13.
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (KJV)
What things do we speak? The things God has prepared for them that love Him. How do we speak about them if we don’t even know what they are? We do so by using words from the Holy Ghost. In other words, Paul’s talking about tongues. We see this also in Romans 8:26.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (KJV)
How do you pray about the will of God for your life if you’re not even sure what it is yet? Well, you can’t, but that’s why the Spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God with groanings that cannot be intelligibly uttered. That’s tongues. When you pray in the Spirit, you’re making intercession for the saints, yourself, your kids, your wife, your friend, or somebody you don’t know, all according to the perfect will of God.

Now it’s one thing to pray in tongues and remain unaware of what you are praying. It’s another thing to pray in tongues and receive interpretation or understanding about your future. I want to show you some practical ways the Lord has shown me His will through praying in tongues. Look for Part 3 of this article.

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Mac Hammond
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Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large and growing church in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical situations and the challenges of daily living.
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