Monday, February 18, 2013

Thoughts on the Power of Words

"Nothing is more powerful than God getting bigger in our lives. 
He has the power to heal with a word." 
~Jennie Allen "STUCK" study

God's word is powerful.

The words we speak have power too...

So powerful that they move us!

Knock it off you dummy! You'll never amount to anything!!!
You are such a blessing to me! I love when you sing, your voice is beautiful!!

Have you had words spoken to you that have had a strong impact on your life? Perhaps you are thinking of a cutting word? Or hopefully the first thing that comes to mind is a life-building word.

Words have the power to move us forward in life and they have the power to hold us back.
Words can build us. Or they can break us.

I tend to think of things more black and white than grey. Though I acknowledge that there are grey areas in life…certain mysteries, I think the black and white of life serves us well in viewing life in general and acting as a guide.

We might ask why do words have power? What is the source of power? 

There are basically two power-sources that I know of in our universe that can affect our hearts, God and the devil-and their intent, power and purposes of good or evil. Good builds up or imparts life and forward movement, and evil tears down or destroys and hinders growth. I believe these are the two sources of power behind words-good and evil. It's and white...

Look! If you add {+} an 'o' to God you have good! {build}
If you take away {-} the 'd' from devil you have evil! {destroy}

Every tool (think: 'mouth') you and I have, and every choice we make can be used to move our lives and the lives of those around us either to greater heights or lower depths.

So what comes to mind when you think of the power of words in your life?

Words you have spoken? Or words you have had build you up? Or tear you down? A parent, coach, teacher or peer? Have they encouraged you and you credit them with where you are today? Or have they laid words on you and you fight to this day to overcome believing they are true?

I imagine most of us have a little of both. If we have been so blessed to only have had the positive things stick over the years at least we all know of someone who has not. We all know someone who is fighting battles today that we might help them overcome with having an understanding heart. Speaking positive words over them...

Wherever you resonate with this reality of the power of words, the Word of God has the power to overcome any words spoken by people that have penetrated our hearts. That have cut our hearts. That have broken our hearts... {The power for us to heal from lies is found in having the faith to believe and receive the words of God. Truth}

Romans 12:2 says, ...and be transformed by the renewing of your minds...
John 8:32 says, ...and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free... {Jesus' words}
John 1:1-5 tells us that Jesus is the essence of the Word of God. So when we know Jesus, HE sets us free.

This is why we study the Bible. To know Jesus and His word and to be transformed by it, by Him. We are transformed by the renewing of our minds. By knowing the truth that sets us free. I will be co-leading the study: STUCK by Jennie Allen and blogging about it here over the next nine weeks. If you would like to keep up to date with posts you can put your email address in the box on the top right side-bar and my posts will come directly into your inbox. I'd also love to hear your comments along the journey! ....looking forward to becoming free....

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