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Have you ever stopped to listen to the conversations people around you are having?  

It’s kind of like eavesdropping but not really. 

Through no fault of your own, the words sprinkle your ears only because you were in close proximity.  

I think we’ve all heard an extra conversation, or two, that threatened to create a new wrinkle on our brow since it was raised to an all-time high as people are pretty raw with their fancy words these days. 

Think about how powerful our words are.  Many of us don’t have to think hard when it comes to drawing up a memory where words impacted our lives at an early age.  Some of those memories might be grand and some may be quite painful.

When life-giving words are spoken, our minds remember.  It’s hard to forget those who help us believe in God, in ourselves, and in the possibility of change. 

Those words had the power to build us up and to create the positive things we appreciate about our lives. And then there are those words that may have been spoken to us and it felt like death attached itself to our souls…and those words have stayed with us ever since.

Proverbs 15:4 “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” 

Think about how powerful our words are – our minds follow the pattern of the words we speak or think about ourselves…whether they are good or bad.  

What do you think happens when we become the voice piece for the enemy against our own lives, or we become our greatest cheerleader?  

My friends, we have a choice to believe gentle words of life and health or the kind of words that crush our spirits.  

What have you been believing lately?  

Does anyone need to repent for speaking these type of words? 

“No one will ever want to be with me”

“I’m damaged goods”

“I’m so irresponsible”

“I’m just not smart enough”

“I wish I were never born” 

Remember that old saying,

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?

It’s not true.

 

Words will harass us if we let them, or they will build us up one letter at a time.

 

It has been said that radiologists can contrast brain scans from individuals who have endured physical pain and social pain, and they are not able to tell the difference. 

We cannot isolate in our pain-filled, word-closets of any longer. Our brains are wired to connect

I bet a lot of that social pain began with words spoken over their lives by a deceitful tongue, and those debilitating words are still taking up residence where they don’t belong.  

—Michael Hyatt is right when he says: “Our words have power. They impact others, but they also impact us.” 

Remember on any given moment of each day, God is eavesdropping on the things that you think and say about yourself – choose your thoughts and words wisely.

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  • Margie Martinez MA,LPC,NCC
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    So true! Great message! As a professional counselor, I have seen and heard the results of words in people! Most people that suffer from depression and anxiety have negative self-dialogue which develops into a negative attitude towards themselves and others. Thank You Pastor Gloria!

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