Words – they can make you cry or make you laugh. Sometimes they comfort you; at other times, they can stab you in the heart. Words coming from a special person stick with you whether they are good or bad.
Occasionally those words from your parents or friends determine how you view yourself. We unconsciously behave based on their words. For example, my professor shared how his father’s words influenced him. When he was a boy, his dad called him “stupid boy!” He believed his dad’s words. He went through college and graduate school thinking that he was dumb. “The school was fooled by me because they accepted me – the dumb one,” he said. God showed him how his father’s words affected him later on when he studied the Bible. From that point on, he let go of his father’s words and focused on God’s word about him.
In your life, there might be negative words which lower your self-esteem or block your dream. You fear that those words will become true, so you decide not to move forward. What will you decide to do in that situation? In my professor’s situation, God helped him to trace down where those negative words came from through his Bible study. In the same way, God’s Word will help you discern what words you should let influence you.
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
John 8:31b-32 - …If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The Word of God also brings you to the truth, who is Jesus Christ himself. When you know Him as the truth, those negative words will begin to disappear and start setting you free! After you are free from those negative words, you have to continually keep His Word. His Word purifies us and lasts forever.
Psalm 119:9 - How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
I Peter 1:24-25 - All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.
Thus, take time to read the Word of God and let it change you. Remember, His Word will empower you to walk in confidence. Although others will continually speak things about you, you can discern and shake those negative words off. When their words hurt you, you can find comfort in His Word. So, what are you waiting for? Will you commit your time to reading the Word of God? I challenge you today to start reading His Word whether it is 15 minutes or more. Soon or later you will see the differences in you.
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