Do you remember the old saying, Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me? Lies, lies, lies! Words hurt.
Proverbs 18:21 says,
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Matthew West played at the Resolution Hope 13A Campaign New Year’s Eve event and I bought his new CD. I’ve been listening to it since I came home and I’ve nearly worn a groove in a couple of his songs. One of them, Hello, my name is, happens to address the issue of lies, the lies we’ve believed about ourselves.
Words matter and we need to choose them wisely.
The most dangerous words of all are the words we speak to ourselves about ourselves.
We are always our own worst critics. We drop something and call ourselves clumsy. We stumble or fall and sarcastically call ourselves graceful. Instead of speaking life to ourselves, we tear ourselves down at every turn.
God doesn’t create junk.
He is the most creative being to ever exist. He created you and me and He created us in His image [Genesis 1:26]. Think about that for a minute. Would you ever call God clumsy or would you sarcastically call Him graceful? Then why do we do it to ourselves?
Simple, we’ve bought into the lies the enemy has whispered in our ears. 1 Peter 5:8 says,
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Satan is not omniscient like God [Job 28:24, Job 37:16, Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 46:9]. He is always looking for an opportunity to destroy us, but he is nothing more than a chess player. He moves in response to our moves.
So who are you going to listen to? The One who created you and knows the number of hairs on your head or the one who despises Him and tries to get back at Him by selling us a bag of lies?
It’s time to cross out the lies on your name tag of life and write in the truth. You are a child of the one true King, Jesus.