As a lover of words, I know the weight they carry. They can inspire or degrade. They can create joy or sorrow. They can build up or tear down. It all depends on how you use them.
As a lover of words, it’s not surprising that one of my love languages is words of affirmation. My background doesn’t include a lot of those words. Not from my family…but from others whose words were flaming arrows of mistrust or anger or shame.
The problem with that is it teaches you not to trust words. To always question motives and meanings. To crave the positive and life-giving words that are sometimes few and far between. It also means that the enemy uses this knowledge to trip me up. To make me defensive. To make me want to push myself forward to get the words my soul needs to hear.
But the truth is that his words are hollow. And the testimony is that the only words of affirmation that matter come from our Father.
When the enemy reminds me that I am a sinner, Jesus says I am saved.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Romans 10:13
When he says I am a victim, Jesus renames me a victor.
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 15:57
When the enemy whispers memories of divorce, Jesus shouts that I am loved.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son so that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
When Satan wants to list all my failures, Jesus claims I am a conqueror.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37
When he reminds me of the times I’ve been abandoned, Jesus promises I am not forsaken.
…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.’ Hebrews 13:5
When the enemy twists the ropes of captivity, Jesus says He has set me free.
You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32
When listening to Satan makes me mentally, emotionally, and physically tired, Jesus invites me into His rest.
Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
And when he wants me to fall to my knees in weakness, Jesus stands up as my strong tower.
For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3
Whose words will you listen to today?
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