Words to Live By

As the new year begins, we are challenged to redirect our thoughts, behaviors, and decisions to become a better person. As our thoughts become our behaviors, our behaviors become our actions, our actions become who we are! So many times, our thoughts can lead us astray, as the battlefield within the mind rages on. Taking to places we never thought we’d go. For many of us, we have to ‘fight’ with this internal voice daily. We all battle with something. It could be: negative thoughts, insecurity, lack of confidence, depression, anxiety, lack of trust, mistrust in finances, lack of relationships, bad relationships, and the list goes on. What are you ‘fighting’ with today? Better yet, how are you going to fight back this year and overcome that area in your life? At Life.Church pastor Craig Groeschel states: “Our lives move in the direction of our strongest thoughts. That’s not just a nice sounding thing to say. Romans 12:2 confirms it’s the changing or renewing of our minds that transforms our lives”.

I know for myself fight my own internal dialogue daily. However, I don’t have to do it alone. I have a wonderful wife, who loves and supports me in every way to become a better man, a better husband, a better father, a better photographer, a better nurse. Each and everyday she pushes me become better. However, at times, her words are simply not enough. Therefore, I must seek the one true God at his Word. Compiling a list of daily declarations that will truths in my life. I will say them until I fully believe them!

Here is my list. I encourage you to compile your own list for use to fight back when the enemy strikes. Here is a link to help you get started. This is where I derived mine from. finds.life.church/words This list accompanied by God’s word will change and renew not only your minds, but your heart & spirit. Download the free bible app today or go to Bible.com

Here we go:

Jesus is first in my life. I exist to serve and glorify HimI lay down my pride and selfishness, giving all glory to the one true God.

I love my wife and will lay down my life to serve her.

My children will love God and serve Him with their whole hearts. I will nurture, equip, train, and empower them to do more for His kingdom than they can imagine.I fight for purity, guarding my eyes and heart from tempting situations.

I am disciplined. Christ in me is stronger than the wrong desires in me.Through Christ I am strong, gentle, fierce, and compassionate.

I am anointed, empowered, equipped and called to reach people far from God.I never give up!

I am creative, innovative, driven, focused, and blessed beyond measure—because the Holy Spirit dwells within meI finish what I start.

My words, thoughts, and imaginations are under the power of Christ. I take all thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ.I am a masterpiece. (Ephesians 2:10)

I wake up with purpose, direction, and meaning every day of my life.I am chosen. (Ephesians 1:4)

I am determined to love God and people with everything I have.

I am a child of God. (John 1:12-13)

I am self-controlled. (Galatians 5:22-23)

I am fierce in confidence and boldness because God is with me I will be ambitious.

I am called and equipped to go after the righteous desires God puts in my heart.


I am strong. (1 John 2:14)

I am fearless. (Isaiah 43:5)

I am secure. (John 10:28-29)

I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)

I am mighty in His power. (Ephesians 6:10)


I am capable of leading with the love of Christ rather than the fear of punishment.

I am intentional to leave my children with an eternal legacy. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9)

I will encourage, build up, and instill truth in my children.

I will never give up, even when parenting is hard.

I will pray for my children because God hears my prayers.

I shut my mouth when I want to complain.

I speak life!


I am irrationally generous because God is irrationally generous. (Romans 5:8)

God can do more than I can ask, think, or imagine.

God does the multiplying—it’s my job to obey.

I am a lender, not a borrower.

I give up things I love for things I love even more.


I am a faith-filled, big thinking, bet-the-farm risk taker.

I will never insult God with small thinking and safe living.

I show God’s love to every client, vendor, coworker, and employee. (John 13:35)

Neither failures nor successes define my worth.

God is my defender, negotiator, and guide.

I choose to become a better person each and everyday! Do you have the desire to become a better person? I would encourage you to take that next step in your life. Make a commitment do add positive thinking into your daily, internal dialogue. A fresh new day awaits you. It was created for you by God! Enjoy it!

Steven Ortman

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