Since my last post about damaging thought patterns, God hasn’t left me alone about the next step in the process (His process) for Christian perseverance and strength in the tough seasons. Isn’t God a pest sometimes? (Couldn’t do without it, though. 🙂 )
He has been showing me that, as a female who vents (don’t we all?) with mostly my mom, I am so vulnerable in this area of discussion today.
We can thank the Lord for smacking us around sometimes, can’t we? I surely can. We need (I needed) another wake-up call about words in my life, both silent and spoken.
Here’s our wake-up call for this week.
There is more power in words than I had previously given credence. I always focused on the many Proverbs that speak to the use of kind words, harsh words, wise words, evil words, edifying words, belittling words, gentle words, and deceitful words in relation to how we speak to others.
The words we use when speaking to others matter greatly, of course, but words also matter when speaking to ourselves. And even when speaking about ourselves. Negative thoughts are damaging enough on their own (especially when repeated over time), but when we vocalize them, we take negativity to a whole new level.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it and indulge it will eat its
fruit and bear the consequences of their words.
If you have a serious illness (and especially a life-threatening one), you should heed God’s word carefully. Medical studies that were released recently actually confirm that what we say resonates on a cellular level. Imagine it. Our spoken words go inside – all the way into our very cells. That takes you are what you eat in a new direction of you are what you speak.
For the word of God is living and active,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing to the division of soul and of spirit,
of joints and marrow,
and discerning the thoughts and
intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Wow. These verses take on new layers of meaning for me suddenly. How about you?
While these things were still soaking into my brain from God bringing it all into new understanding for me, my mom mentioned something that happened to her recently. As often happens with my parents, a friend asked her how I’m doing. (Another blessing upon blessing!)
My mom’s reply was something like this, “She’s doing well under the circumstances.”
And this is what the friend said.
But, that doesn’t apply to us. Christians aren’t under the circumstances.
Hallelujah, Praise the Lord! He is completely right. We’re under the blood of Jesus!
And, every word we speak should be just as accurate to the Word of God and as positive as that – whether it be about our illness, our wellness, our prodigal, our job loss, and any tough season we face. Jesus has us covered. We are redeemed by the blood and by His power, we are above all earthly circumstances.
By His stripes, we are healed. Not only spiritually but physically, too. Amen?