A War of Words
By: Janice Rock
A war of words is defined as an argument in which people or groups criticize and disagree with each other publicly and repeatedly for usually a long time, (merriam-webster.com). Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words, Proverbs 18:21 AMP. Who’s in your ear? What are they saying? Does it lead you to God or pull you away from HIM?
The words we speak can lead to life or death. Words have a way of shaping our atmosphere. Harsh words can lead to years of emotional distress. However, words of life can give you the courage to conquer any challenge.
The enemy has a way with words. He can manipulate us with a façade of lies and make it seem so real. He bombards our thoughts with accusations in an attempt to distract us from our purpose and destiny. The battle in our minds is a war of words. Negative words have a way of disrupting our peace. The enemy is saying who you are not, while your spirit man fights to convince you of your identity in Christ Jesus.
The enemy will use family, friends, and situations to stop you from succeeding. Let’s share a few phrases you may have heard.
“You are too old or not pretty enough.”
“You are too short or too tall.”
“No one wants to hear what you have to say.”
“There’s no need to write the blog or speak at that meeting.”
“Don’t teach that lesson; it will not make a difference.”
“Who do you think you are?”
“You are not smart.”
“It’s not new; everyone already knows that.”
“Your business idea will not work.”
“Your company will fail.”
“No one will support you.”
“It just does not make sense.”
“You don’t have enough money; you cannot afford it.”
“You don’t have time to study for school; you can start classes later.”
“It’s not that serious; wait until the next time.”
Who can identify with these phrases? They are words of deception that leads to fear, anxiety, and procrastination. One negative word can cause you to become stuck in a downward cycle of unfulfilled dreams.
How can we change this narrative and win the war of words? Our words carry weight in the Spirit realm. We were created in the image of God, Genesis 1:27. He formed the world with the words HE spoke. We have the authority to shape our world with our words. Instead of believing and entertaining the lies of the enemy, can we begin to meditate and declare the truth of God over our lives? The next time you hear negative words, begin to speak every promise God spoke over you. The word of God said, “You will also declare a thing, and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways, (Job 22:28) NKJV. Remember these words and declare them daily in your atmosphere. Begin to prophesy life to yourself by speaking words of edification, exhortation, and comfort. Watch your circumstance and situation change for the better. Speaking the word of God can remove depression and oppression from your life. It’s time to detox from the negative words that have been spoken to you. Contend with the enemy at the gates of your mind. God’s word will silence the mouth of the enemy.
Job 32:20, AMP I must speak so that I may get relief, I will open my lips and answer.
Janice Rock is a teacher and the owner of Bridge Consulting Firm. Ms. Rock is a graduate of Webster University, where she received her Master's Degree in Education and Innovation. She is a Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher through YES Carolina Youth Entrepreneurship Program. As a consultant, Ms. Rock provides services and is an advocate for the disabled, veterans and their families. One of her major goals is to finalize a business project, Bridge Literacy and Fine Arts Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3)- afterschool program that will promote literacy for disadvantaged learners through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Ms. Rock is a blogger and writes inspirational articles on a variety of topics. One of Ms. Rock's favorite scriptures is: "She is clothed in Strength and Dignity and she laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31:25
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