The Henry Ford Saying
Written by: JR Vezain< Back to Articles
The Henry Ford saying goes “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” This is a very profound statement and it is true. When we face any situation in life the thoughts we have and the words we speak towards that situation have a very large impact on the results. Now, this doesn’t say what everyone else thinks or says they are right. It says what YOU think and say you are right. There are going to be people along the way that think you can’t, that think you’re in too deep, that think you’re as far as you’re going to get, but it doesn’t matter what they think or say because the Lord makes the final call and it ultimately is decided by him, his truths, and his words that are buried inside of us when we accept him as our savior.
That’s where it starts. With accepting him as our savior. Romans 10:9-10 says “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
We have to openly declare with our words, which means say it out loud. We can’t just believe it, we can’t just think it, we have to say it. Once we have declared Jesus as our savior we receive the Holy Spirit. He lives inside of us. Once we receive the Holy Spirit our words have a tremendous amount of power and what we do with our words will bring life or death upon any situation.
In Genesis 1 we read about God creating the earth, humans, and animals. How did he create it? With his words! God said “let there be light.” God said “let there be space between the waters and land.” God said “let there be fish in the sea, birds in the sky, and animals on the land.” God said “let us make humans in our image.” You want to talk about powerful words. He spoke everything into existence!
Fast forward a little bit to when Jesus was on the earth performing miracles. Jesus is in Capernaum when a government official approaches him and asks him to heal his boy who is about to die. How does Jesus respond? He doesn’t wave a magic wand around. He doesn’t go there and sprinkle magic dust on the boy. He SAYS “go back home, your son will live.” John 4:50.
In Mark 1 Jesus cast out an unclean spirit or a demon, by saying out loud “Be quiet, come out of him.” Later in Mark 1, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus asking to be healed. Jesus touches him and says “Be healed” and immediately the disease left the man.
In Luke 7 Jesus and his disciples were heading into a city when they came upon a funeral progression. The boy who had died was a widow’s only son. Jesus had compassion for her, walked over to her and told her not to cry. Then, he went over to the coffin and said “Young man, I say to you, get up.” After that the dead man sat up and began to talk. In Matthew 9 the rulers daughter has died, Jesus goes to the house and tells the crowd “Go away. She is not dead but only asleep.” When the crowd left she got up. John 11 tells us about the death of Lazarus, one of Jesus close friends. When Jesus heard of his death he went to his tomb. He calls in the tomb and says out loud “Lazarus, get up” and he walked out of the tomb with linen still on his hands and feet. He had been dead for four days and Jesus raises him from the dead with his words!
One of my favorite miracles is found in John 5:1-9. A paralyzed man had been sitting by a bubbling pool that people believed if they got in when it started bubbling they would be healed. He had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him he knew he had been ill for a long time so he asked him “Would you like to get well?” The man replied “I can’t. I don’t have anyone to put me in the water when it bubbles up. Someone also gets in before me.” The next statement from Jesus is profound. Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! John 5:8-9.
These are just a few of the amazing miracles that are recorded in the Bible and we can see with words the world was formed, humans were born, demons were cast out, the blind could see again, diseases were vanished, storms were calmed, the paralyzed were made to walk again, and people rose from the dead. All with what was said!
Now, you may say “this was Jesus and God talking not me.” I revert back to the beginning where I said it all starts with accepting Jesus as our savior. His sacrifice, grace, and mercy not only save us from our sins and promise us eternity with him in heaven, but it also invites him in our hearts. He gives us the Holy Spirit when we accept him as our savior. This means that Jesus and God live inside of us which mean our words have the same authority. What we say has the same power. Our words bring life or death!
Knowing this, we must be careful what we speak and how we speak to every situation. When we say “I can”, and we believe it we will. When we say “I can’t”, and believe it we won’t. When we look at our problems and speak only how big they are, how in conquerable the situation is, how bad we have it, that is all we get. On the contrary, if we would look at our problems and speak how big our God is, how anything is possible for those who believe, how we can get over anything because Christ gives us strength, how Gods plan is to prosper us not harm us, that is what we will get! Even if we can’t see it right now. Even if in the natural it looks completely opposite of what we want. Even if we can’t see a way out and don’t see any changes. We must continually speak life, speak what we want, speak with Christ given authority, and move our mountains with our words and Gods strength!
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”