As believers and followers of Christ we know the one thing: God operates on is Faith.

As a Christian Women’s Speaker, I teach on this topic often.  Yet the term faith is used so loosely now that it has lost meaning, Much like the word love–how can the same word be appropriate whether you say “I love my husband” or “I love pizza”?

The key to understanding what faith truly is, is action. Our actions show loud and clear what our faith is. And our actions include our words. There is one word that I is the biggest faith killer of them all — the word “but”.

How often do you hear someone say I know God has a plan for me but I’m getting too old. I’d love to live my purpose but I can’t give up my job. I’d like to save my marriage but you don’t know what that mans’ done.

The problem is, everything that comes after that “but” negates what preceded it.

I know how difficult it can be when you can’t seem to see anything changing for the better and you just need to vent to someone, BUT your complaints are killing your faith.

See, your words have power in the spirit realm—they either release angels to work on your behalf or demons. There is no in between. They aren’t “just words.”

Common buts are:

But I don’t have money.

But I don’t have time.

But I don’t have the education.

But what if I’m wrong?

Believe me, I hear you. Those buts can scream really loud and disguise themselves as a reality check, BUT they are not reality. In fact, they are specifically designed to keep you fulfilling the purpose God has for your life.

If you are a follower of Christ, you can believe that if He says that He will supply all of your needs (Phil 4:19), then lack of finances is not a valid but. If He says that He will never leave you or forsake you (Deut 31:6), then a lack of support is not a valid but.

I challenge you to try these simple solutions to aligning your actions with your faith.

1. Switch the order of your words. Everything that precedes a “but” is negated. So name your complaint first, then continue with, “but God….” It changes everything. He is the all-powerful, after all!

2- Check yourself. If you can’t do number #1 then remember the old saying, if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.

3-Repent for your “but.” We can start fresh in our faith but we must repent of our lack thereof and turn from our old habits of venting, complaining.

My friends, it’s time to start a fresh day in faith. Remember, “God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above what we could ask hope or think.”
No matter what you’re going through or what he’s calling you to do, I promise… God is bigger than your but.

What But do you plan on getting rid of today?


By Kris Reece, Counselor, Coach, Speaker


4 replies
  1. Sonya
    Sonya says:

    I love this reminder, Kris! It’s so easy to get caught up in things that we don’t even realizing we’re fostering a negative mindset. Thank you for pointing us to truth!

  2. Charlie | MississippiMom
    Charlie | MississippiMom says:

    This is so powerful: Switch the order of your words. Everything that precedes a “but” is negated. So name your complaint first, then continue with, “but God….” It changes everything. He is the all-powerful, after all!

    Thank you so much for the challenge to speak and act in faith.

  3. Debra
    Debra says:

    Love this! I have been know to say that one of my biggest pet peeves is the word “but” it is so over used and people don’t realize how it negates what is said prior to.
    Mighty twist at the end, just moving the but. I shared FB, Pinterest, and Google+!
    Thank you!

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