Footsteps to Follow column

by Apostle Dawn White, Lite-Shine International Ministries

The other day, as I was thinking about a situation that has recently come up in my life and wishing for a desired outcome in my favor, I heard a still, small voice say to me, “Speak the Word. It is in your mouth.”

How many times do we have circumstances in our lives that will automatically put us in a place of reacting with our emotions, by our words, and sometimes by our actions? Proverbs 18:21 states “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits” (ESV). This means that my first response is contingent on the words that come out of my mouth. The tongue is one of the smallest members of our body, but the most powerful one. When we speak the word of God, it becomes even more powerful because we are coming into agreement with what He says, and we are making the choice to stand on it.

Isaiah 55:11 says “so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth; it shall not return to me void without producing any effect, but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I have sent it.” There is always a purpose for everything that we may encounter, but it is our choice as to what we will get out of it.

You may not have the power to change someone else’s attitude or mindset or even the outcome of the situation, but you do have the power to change how you will respond to it.

For many years, I struggled with issues of identity, rejection, and settling for second best. What I learned is the more I come to agree with God’s word and what He thinks about me, the less concerned I am with how others may feel about me.

Second Peter 1:3 states in “His divine power” He has already “given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (NIV). The more I come to know Jesus Christ, the more empowered I become to speak the word and to believe that He will accomplish everything that He says He will do.

It is by his grace that I am empowered to do what He has put in front of me to do. The main reason is because it is not in my own power that I am doing it, but it is in the power He has given me through His word. The outcome may not even be what I had originally wanted it to be, but because I have come to know the word, I know that God is always working events together for my good.

If you are going through a difficult situation today, I would like to challenge you to look in the word of God and to begin to speak to your situation.

– Apostle Dawn White,

Lite-Shine International Ministries, Williamsport