Wow, what a teaching on the power of words Raphael Burke brought us last Friday. Raphael is famous because of his involvement in the Manchester United Youth team and part of the ‘class of 92’. He attributes not going to the next level in Football to the power of his words!
When Raph was a boy and a teen growing up in Bristol he told everyone that he was the best! And he was – no one could touch him. So much that the England Manager Bobby Robson spotted him playing and he went to the Academy for future England stars as a 14 year old! He then signed with Manchester United with Ryan Giggs the Neville’s and even roomed with David Beckham!
What began to happen away from home was a questioning of his ability! It only takes one person to feed doubt or criticise, before we can question ourselves as a teen! God’s desire is for us to remain strong in Him and believe what He thinks of us! But as teenagers we often don’t accept this and so Raph started to tell himself and call his Mum to say I don’t know if I can do this – I’m not playing so good anymore and through this complete reverse of confession and belief he started to play bad – skill he could previously do easily not coming off, missing tap ins!
There is tremendous power in what we confess and believe – our entire life depends on it. It is not God that wrecks our plans but us! Through the words that we confess and believe….we frame our future with the words that we speak, Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the tongue can bring us life and death!
What ever you do – don’t allow yourself to speak negatively, stop yourself and re-frame it, otherwise it will contaminate your heart and your life will go in the direction you do not want.