Sticks and Stones

Words Matter To Our Core

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.
(Proverbs 18:21)

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?

His blessings~

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  • Eva

    I’m learning about all these do’s and don’ts that we’re to do in life but so would’ve liked to have these unveiled to me at a younger age when my brain worked better. It’s for sure that if you aren’t listening for His answers and guidance you may miss His will and the best in your situation. I do know that He’s always there and answers to my problem may come soon or later or if I listening only to myself the right answer or solution may not come at all. So glad you and your mom are close. I was very close to mine. There’s a special bond. Enjoy to the fullest.

    • Kim

      Boy, if we could go back and start afresh, knowing what we know now, wouldn’t our lives be so different? I continually reminded to give grace to others. We’re all on a journey, and God is still molding us. I’m glad you and Mom are friends. I do love her so! 🙂

  • Kate Shuck

    Kim, the “friend” who said that Christians aren’t under the circumstances but above the circumstances was Dr. David Jeremiah. (I do consider him a friend even though we have never met.) Until I heard him say this in a sermon I really hadn’t thought about how often I reply to inquiries about you in this way. A lady asked about you today and I was very careful to not say “under the circumstances”. 😊
    Love, Mom

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