Your words empower you or they disempower you.
Your words heal you or they cut you.
Your words build you up or they tear you down.
Your words encourage you or they discourage you.
Your words bless you or they curse you.
Ultimately, your words produce life or death!
It’s that simple.
So, what have you been saying about yourself lately?
What do you say about your life, your circumstances, your body, and your future? Are you speaking words of life or death?
A Life Principle…
Death and life are in the power of the tongue… (Proverbs 18:21, NAS)
Here’s what you need to know…
Clinical studies and research tell us, that our thoughts affect our feelings, and our feelings affect our behavior.
Remember, your words are POWERFUL and fit in one of two categories:
LIFE or DEATH
Words are like the rudder on a boat; your words can change the direction of your life.
Now, no one is going to drop dead immediately, based on the words that they speak – I hope! However,over time, your words will create life or bring about death in your life and/or circumstances.
Sounds a bit dramatic, doesn’t it?
Yet, here’s what the wisest man of the earth, King Solomon, had to say about it…
“He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”
(Proverbs 13:3, NAS)
He goes on to say,
“He who guards his mouth and his tongue,
guards his soul from troubles.”
(Proverbs 21:23, NAS)
So, we could say it this way -when you guard your words, you guard your mind, will and emotions from troubles.
Statements I’ve heard people say about themselves in the past 48 hours:
1. I’m a failure
2. I’m worthless.
3. I’m unlovable
4. I hate myself.
5. I have a wound that will not heal.
6. I’m only going to have more medical problems, as I age.
7. I am a loser and no one cares about me.
8. I have no purpose in life.
9. Things will never improve.
10. I just want to give up.
11. I’m a bad person, I’m stupid, and I can’t go to work or to college.
12. I’m evil and should be destroyed.
13. I don’t deserve attention from people; I’m not worth it.
14. I’m trapped in a grotesque body that no one could ever love.
Oh, my heart is in pain over these statements – because they are “death” statements. These words are disempowering, destructive, discouraging, de-motivating, damaging, harmful, toxic, and deadly to your soul – your mind, your will, and your emotions.
Here’s what I want you to do…
First, grab a pen and a piece of paper or your journal, and begin to keep a list of the statements, both positive and negative, that you make about yourself this week.
Next, begin to observe the way you feel shortly after making a positive or negative statement, and you will begin to see the power of this LIFE PRINCIPLE.
© 2011 Cheryl Ott
by Cheryl Ott