Joyce Meyer examines the power, energy and influences of words in her new release, ‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life,’ that complements her other books, Power Thoughts and Living beyond Your Feelings. She quotes Proverb 18:21, “…the power of life and death are in the tongue” to support her teachings.
To further illustrate the power of words, she gives two examples. The first, a new father who hears “Da-da” for the first time and begins to cry and, “When God said…” (Genesis 1:3) words God used to speak the world into being.
She likens “…our words to a movie screen that exposes…” a person’s thoughts and attitudes to the world and reveals what that person “…thinks wants and feels.” She also says readers learn a lot about themselves if they pay attention to the words they use. For example, consider whether your word choices reflect a positive, constructive attitude or a negative, destructive point-of-view.
The insightful chapter on how words become self-fulfilling prophecies in “seedtime and harvest” is worth the cost of the book. Just as farmer’s sow seed they later harvest, Joyce says, the words we sow are powerful “spiritual seeds” harvested in the lives, souls and spirits of others as well as ourselves.
Emotionally battered children, who’ve only heard they’re no good and will never amount to anything carry such words into adulthood where they turn into self-fulfilling prophecies. Other examples of negative thoughts begin with, “I can’t…I’m a failure…I’m a loser…It’s always my fault…they think I’m boring…I can’t change…He/she doesn’t like me…I hate…” When we repeat anything to ourselves or others often enough the words become truth.
Then there’s the childhood rhyme, “"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” With the advance of technology and the Internet that’s no longer true, if it ever was since words today are used to communicate in ways never before imagined. Such as with cell phones, texting, instant messaging, blogs, FaceBook, Twitter and other facets of social media. Such devices and mediums have led to what Joyce calls a “word explosion” that makes words “cheap, quick, irrevocable and viral.”
She wants readers to realize and understand the power of their words. When they do, they can transform their lives because, “where the mind goes, the mouth follows.” One of the author’s favorite “Joyce-isms,” she’s so well known for.
Besides the power of words, readers learn how to tame the tongue; “fast” their words, speak faith and not fear in addition to teachings on encouragement, complaining and how not to let Satan speak through you.
The entire book is worth reading and referencing, especially the Appendix: A Dictionary of God’s Word that completes the book. This small topically arranged dictionary, excellent for quick reference, begins with “When you…” Whether the need is for help or strength to continue, themes include anger, confidence, discouragement, depression, fear, rejection, betrayal and more with targeted Scriptures.
Joyce’s powerful book has the potential to change lives for anyone who understands and implements her wise and practical advice.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOzahO9QZW4 Joyce on the power of words…
‘Change Your Words, Change Your Life’ by Joyce Meyer, FaithWords, 2012, Hardcover, 320 Pages, 978-0446538572, $22.99
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