There was a hive of activity. People and their belongings; dishes piled high on the sink – you know, all the things that go hand in hand with a house full of visitors, grandparents, siblings, cousins and grandchildren, preparing for a significant family event. There was lots of noise; lots of laughter and some intermittent squabbling. There were a lot of big feelings in the room, and my 5-year-old daughter (at that time), clearly exasperated and overwhelmed, looked up at me with her big, beautiful eyes and asked as only a child can, “Mummy, why do people waste their words?” Coming from a child, who to this day has much to say, it brought a very big smile to my face. I cannot actually remember how I responded, but the question has remained with me.
Why do people waste their words? Many feel compelled to express views on matters broad and varied about people and situations. It has been said that it is better to remain silent and appear ignorant, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt! Matthew 12:36 says “… every one of us will have to give an account on the day of judgement for every empty word they have spoken.” This is quite a sobering thought, isn’t it?
Today I want to turn the spotlight onto the words we use about ourselves. I wonder if you ever waste your words, using them in unkind or damaging ways about yourself? Well-rehearsed words, that seem to play on a repeat loop within your internal dialogue. Sometimes they may even find a voice and tumble out of your mouth.
Leanne Matthesius has said this: “The word you choose to let land on you today, will change your tomorrow.” This statement really resonated with me. There are times when a barrage of unhelpful and unhealthy words bounce around inside my head, screaming loudly. It’s so true; these words will indeed change the perspective of my day and potentially all of my tomorrows in very negative ways if I allow them to settle on me and take up residence within my mind. Words are very powerful, including the ones we use about ourselves.
It’s vitally important to recognise where such words stem from. We have an enemy Satan, who skilfully wields a powerful weapon, called “LIES” and we can very easily be drawn into his deceit. (John 8:44) Don’t’ believe everything you think! If he can paralyse you with his lies and render you useless, he has chalked up a home run.
So, what can we do? I want to stress that it’s really important to seek some help from someone you trust, if you need to. In recent days, I have been proactively putting some useful strategies in place, that may also be of help to you in combating the lies, when you come under attack.
- Know, apply and take to heart God’s words of truth. That is, the things He says about us. Things like: Psalm 139:14 “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Isaiah 49:15-16 “I will not forget you. See I have you engraved on the palms of my hands.” Zephaniah 3:17 “I am rejoicing over you with singing!” John 15:9 “As the Father has love Me, so I have loved you.” May God’s truth be the word you allow to land on you every day!
- There is incredible power in the name of Jesus. A beautiful old hymn reminds us: “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds in a believers ear; it soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds and drives away his fear; it makes the wounded spirit whole and calms the troubled breast; ‘tis manna to the hungry soul and to the weary rest…” (John Newton – 1779) I want to encourage you to speak out the name of Jesus. Those of us who know Him personally have been given the right to call on His name. (John 14:14) With His name on our lips, we can call out the enemy and his lies, recognize who we really are in Christ, and win each battle and ultimately win the war!
PRAYER: JESUS, thank you for the power and authority that’s found in your name. Please take captive all of my thoughts; renew my mind; replace any negative words with Your life words. And if I ever forget, remind me that you thought me precious enough to die for… With heartfelt gratitude, in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
SONG: I Speak Jesus by Here Be Lions – https://youtu.be/FpGYImM_VeM