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Your words can make your life better or worse. Written by Lisa Kane

Proverbs 18:21 New King James Version (NKJV)

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

I used to battle depression many years ago, but I overcame it by using the power of the tongue.

This is what I did:


First, it took me a few weeks to figure out what was wrong with me because I didn’t know. All I knew is that I was mean to everyone around me and I didn’t want to do anything. It was so out of character for me that I began asking God what was wrong with me.

Then it hit me. God showed me that I was dealing with a spirit of depression. Once I knew what was wrong, I told my husband I was going to spend time in prayer and went to my bedroom.

And this is what I said out loud, “Depression, you’re not welcomed here. Go away and leave me alone.”


And then I asked God to forgive me and to help me overcome this spirit.

I kept praying and telling depression to get lost for several hours. I eventually went to bed that way. I kept up the words in my mind, but I laid down and finally fell asleep.

The next morning, I woke up extremely achy, but I had a smile on my face. I realized that was the best I had felt in a while. Depression was gone and I began walking in joy from that day on.

Every once a while depression would try to sneak up on me but guess what, I would remind it that it wasn’t welcomed as part of my life and it would go away.

This tactic wasn’t something I read or heard about. It was just something I did as I was praying to God. However, Proverbs 18:21 is so true.

The power of the tongue is mighty, and you need to ask yourself, ‘what am I telling myself daily’?

  • Are you telling yourself you’re sick?

  • Are you telling yourself you're tired?

  • Are you telling yourself you’re poor?

  • Are you telling yourself you’re in pain?

If I were you, I suggest telling yourself what a great person you are in the Lord and begin acting on it. The sick, tired, poor, and pain will line up according to your words.

And if you’re really dealing with some serious spirits, go spend time in God’s presence in your home and tell them to get lost. You have a mighty tongue and are more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37 New King James Version (NKJV)

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

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