“The word does not have power. What have power is what you choose to believe” – Larry Brey.
I listened to a great sermon today and I was enlightened by the new wisdom the preacher presented about spoken negative words. We are all aware of the infamous saying, “words hurts” and most times people try to mask the hurt feelings of negative word by saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
Is it true though?
Are you truly not hurt by the negative things people say about you? When someone refers to you as dumb or stupid, incompetent, and disgraceful. Do those words really not break you?…. not even a tiny bit?
If your answer is “no” then I think you’re partially telling yourself the truth. Why partially? The first reason is because words truly hurt and in that moment the negative word is spoken on your life, you take a moment to contemplate whether it is true or not. Most times we accept that word as being truly and other times we move to the next choice. The next is to truly not be phased by negative words spoken about you. And how do you do this? It is only by knowing your true identity in Christ!
The Bible reminds us in Psalm 139:14 that we are “…fearfully and wonderfully made…” and God does not make mistakes!
When you know who you are in Christ and how high He thinks of you, then I hope you can truly rest in the truth that “you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13) and it does not matter what people say about you.
Do not let the crowd identify you by your issues because you are not what you struggle with, you are what you choose to believe!
What negative spoken words are you still trying to overcome?
The idea of death has never for once scared me because I know no one lives forever. We are all bound to die at some point unless the Lord comes for us first. Anyway, I have had my fair share of near death experiences – from bomb explosions to drowning and then to car accidents upon car accidents. The first major car accident I was involved in happened 3 years ago in a head-on collision. My car was totaled and everyone was amazing that all of us came out without a single scratch. It was God. He was with me then and He was with me yesterday.
The devil came out to play yesterday and boy, did he play hard! It happened at 5:45 PM on interstate highway 35. I was driving my brother back to his school in San Marcos when we got hit by a big tour bus. the bus sent my car bouncing off of the concrete road dividers then back to the bus again.the right passenger side of my car is completely demolished. it really is a miracle that neither my brother and I came out unscathed from the accident. anyway, the bus driver’s story was that someone suddenly braked in front of him and he tried to switch lane and not realizing that I was next to him.
I was quite shaken up after the accident and I think I’m still experiencing some form of shock. Regardless, it is impossible for me not to believe there is God. I have had many chances to die for God keeps spring my life for a reason. He is not finished with me yet. This Bible verse gives me hope:
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.