Are you sick of all the violence in our world? Every time we look in the paper, hear the news or watch t.v., violence is splashed in front of our eyes.
In our violent world today, weapons come in all shapes and sizes. In the movies and t.v. shows, we see an overabundance of guns, bombs, knives, fists and any number of other weapons. Schools, airports, business buildings, and courtrooms have taken security measures that never would have been there a generation ago.
These are examples of physical weapons, but what about verbal, emotional or mental weapons. The words, “You are a loser!” or ” I wish you were never born”, or “You will never amount to anything”, are all things our Chained No More participants have said their pasts were filled with. Weapons to the heart. Along with those putdowns, there is usually physical violence in the home as well.
“Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Really? NOT! Most of the time, our bodies can heal from physical injury, but our hearts cannot fully heal from negative words dropped on us about ourselves.
We carry those words with us throughout our lives and they affect our self-worth and confidence. We, many times, then define ourselves by what we had been told instead of listening to who God says we are. Here are some examples:
HUMANS – “You are worthless” GOD – You are accepted and God’s child (John 1:12)
HUMANS -” I wish you were never born” GOD – You’re born of God and the evil cannot touch you (I John 5:18)
HUMANS – “You will never amount to anything” GOD – You can do ALL things through Christ Who strengthens you. (Phil. 4;13)
Now make the truth of the Word your “weapon of choice” every time the enemy tries to attack. The enemy’s lies, no matter where or who they came from, are from the pit of Hell and cannot have power over you unless you let them. Stand in God’s Truth!