KellyRBaker | Saying I'm a Mess Is Only One Option | When I say I'm a mess God responds I have given you a sword. I learn how to wield it and it changes me or my situation.

Saying I’m a Mess Is Only One Option


Sometimes I feel like I’m walking through a wardrobe of coats and I can’t see anything. I want to stumble out of them into a whole new world like they did in Narnia. I wish I could see in the spirit realm so I can see what God sees.

Instead, He allows me to sense the battle. I think about how I’ve been tripping through the coats: touching temptations, tasting my foot, testing boundaries, talking about trials. Panic-stricken, I pray, Help me, God! I’m a mess! He simply responds, “I have given you a sword.”

First, I have to pick up the sword God has given me.

Next, I have to learn how to use it.

Finally, I need to know it well enough to fight victoriously with it.

When I can wield my sword, it becomes my liberation. [Tweet this]


The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17). Love, instruction, commandments, truth, warning, judgment, wisdom, knowledge, strategy, and victory are found in the written Word. This is God’s verbiage. I want to talk like my Father talks.

I want to speak this way so that 3 people hear it:

1. God. God hears it and sends it and change happens. Isaiah 55:11 is certainly a powerful verse! I can’t see into the spirit realm, but what I say goes into the atmosphere and there is either life or death in the power of what I speak (Proverbs 18:21). So I need to speak truth.

So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 ESV

2. Enemy. I submit to God through this kind of verbalizing and the devil hears it and flees (James 4:7). Jesus gave me power over him (Luke 10:19), and he is defeated. The “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” doesn’t apply to him! He runs from the one talking like God.

3. Me. I hear it and my faith rises (faith comes by hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17). It’s like a boomerang; faith is going to come back every time. When I hear truth, my thinking is aligned with it. When my thinking is aligned, my words come in line, and my actions follow suit.

God doesn’t want me to misuse His grace or believe lies the enemy whispers, so He begins to speak to my heart. He reminds me to pick up my sword. He invites me to come and know His Word – His promises – His commands – His truth – and it makes me free.

It’s not easy to get into the habit of speaking His Word when trouble comes. I may not feel like it. I may have been listening to the lies of the devil. Or I may not even agree at first! But I do it through obedience.

I don’t declare I’m a mess. Instead, I learn to speak what God says about me, because that is what is really true. God’s Word works. It doesn’t return void. Instead it changes me or my situation. Because there is power in what God speaks. That’s the better option.

When I speak what God says, it changes me or my situation. [Tweet this]


What about you? What does your verbiage look like?

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46 thoughts on “Saying I’m a Mess Is Only One Option

  1. Good morning Kelly. Love your thoughts. We do have to speak what God says and we have to be in the Word to know what He says. What a difference that has made in my life and my attitude on having joy every day no matter what I am walking through.

  2. Kelly I love this line “I want to talk like my Father talks.” That is my goal and ambition. To speak like He speaks and see like He sees. Great post! I was your neighbour at #IntentionalTuesday today and I’m so glad I was!

  3. A lot of truth here, but there have been times when I’ve really and truly been a mess. And I’m so very thankful for His tender and patient loving care then, too! Blessings!

  4. Love this Kelly! I found just recently what a difference it made to pray out loud- both my prayers and God’s word back to Him. It was like a new realm opened up once I got the words out of my head… Thanks for more confirmation– God has indeed given us everything we need to live a godly life, if we will learn how to use it. Amen! Have a terrific Tuesday! ♥

  5. I notice that women, in our attempts to connect with one another, really do get stuck in “messy.” The message is fine as a starting point for a testimony, but God doesn’t leave us there!! Kudos for motivating all of us to take the next steps to complete freedom in Christ.

  6. “I don’t declare I’m a mess. Instead, I learn to speak what God says about me, because that is what is really true.”
    I’ve been tempted lately to declare I’m a mess. So thanks for this remember to resist that temptation and to speak truth over myself instead. Daughter of the King!

  7. Learning to speak how God speaks about me..this is powerful Kelly. As someone who has been called overly self critical by former bosses; I am still learning to see me as God sees me. I am humbled to be a child of His that He wants to use for His glory! I hope you have a wonderful weekend Kelly. May God continue to richly bless you and yours!

    • Glad to see you here, Horace! Yes, we are all in process, but the more I am reminded to speak His Word, the more I see His power. Thanks for the well wishes, and many blessings to you, too!

  8. We truly need to wield our swords. Makes me think of Lisa Bevere’s book Girls with Swords, Lioness Arising and Without Rival. Great message and much needed in a culture where we tend to blurt whatever. I have done it to, but our words matter. I just read that in Debbie Kitterman’s post too! Blessings, friend!

    • Hey, Meg! I really should read those books. Admittedly, I’m not much of a sit down with a book person because I have 4 kids (2 of which are little) and I homeschool. I used to read a lot before I had so many kids. And, I’ll have to hop over to Debbie’s post. Thanks, friend! 🙂

  9. This is great! I’ve been convicted too that I need to stop saying, “I can’t handle this!” It’s a knee-jerk reaction, but I feel the Holy Spirit telling me, “Yes, you can! I’m in you!” Thanks for the reminder again!

  10. When I read your title, I thought is said, “Saying I’m a mess is only one OPINION”. Turns out, that’s true too! It’s only the opinion of the enemy who wants to destroy me, not the God who wants to bless me!

  11. Kelly, I’m not a big fan of the whole “messy” trend either. Yes, I’m plenty flawed and in constant need of grace, but you’re right–speaking and thinking God’s truth is much more beneficial and productive than talking about what a mess I am all the time! Wonderful post!

  12. I love the power in this post, Kelly! When we stop the negative self-talk and trade it for the power of God’s Word, amazing things happen! I’d love to have you join me on Mondays for my Moments of Hope Link up! Your posts are packed with the beautiful hope of Christ!
    Blessings and smiles,

  13. I remember when you told me you wrote a post similar to mine, and I have been waiting to read it ever since! I love it, friend! I really like how you break down three reasons to speak truth. I’ve never really thought about how speaking truth impacts God and the enemy…I’ve just seen it from the perspective of changing our own hearts and minds. So stinking good!

  14. Very true question! What’s my verbiage like lately?
    Would be pondering I n this for a while😃
    Blessings to you and so nice to meet you

  15. Kelly, I loved this point – I not only have to pick up the sword I’ve been given, but I need to learn how to use it and then fight for victory! Too often we settle for less than what God wants for us. I sometimes feel like those Israelites afraid of the battle; forgetting that the One who goes before me gives me everything I need. Great post! Sharing it today!

    • Hi, Deb! Thanks for your comment. It’s taken me many years to “get it,” but I really think it’s a main message for me now. I love that it’s what God wants for us, and like you said, He goes before us. I appreciate you stopping by, and also sharing! Blessings to you!

  16. Kelly, this post is so full of strength and confidence in God and His shaping! “I don’t declare I’m a mess. Instead, I learn to speak what God says about me, because that is what is really true.” AMEN friend!

  17. My mother once told me I was not a mess but I created the mess I was in. God did not create us as a mess, but as His precious creations who need to keep their eyes on Him. After that conversation, I make sure I never call myself a mess. Thank you for sharing this encouragement with Thankful Thursdays. I hope to see you again next week.

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