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 20 From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied;

    he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,

    and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Read Genesis 3:3-7

Words have a strange way of bringing our souls to life. When a positive or encouraging word has been spoken, it can change the course of our day. It feels good when someone says, “I really like hanging out with you,” “I noticed your hard work and I’m proud of you,” or “You’re capable of taking on more than you think.” Words can fill us with love. Words can feel satisfying. Words can offer hope and a positive future.

Unfortunately, words also threaten to undo us. In Genesis 3, we find a serpent using the words, “Did God really say?” Four words positioned to deceive and confuse. While God’s words brought breath to our souls and purpose to our lives, the serpent’s words brought questions to our souls and confusion to our lives. The enemy’s words lit a wild fire for all humanity and became our constant struggle with confusion followed by shame. Satan ushered in destructive words leaving us discouraged and full of doubt. Now, it’s a fight to tame the words flowing inside from the waves of criticism, grumbling, cynicism, and deception. We all feel this battle raging inside, but we must realize it’s a result of Genesis 3 and the first four words of destruction.

Words hold power. Both God and the enemy know it. That’s why we have a cycle of words revolving within us. These words have the ability to create an abundant life, forgiven and free, or to decimate a future, broken and deceived. The biggest problem is when we don’t realize the words that so powerfully feed our every day living – whether from past or present. Many times we walk through life without even recognizing the words flowing inside. So, take a few moments to jot down some of the words flowing through your mind – especially take note of the words you hear about yourself. When you identify wounding words, deceptive words, or debilitating words, recognize these are from the enemy. As you identify the falsity, speak the words you know God speaks over you. The Good News is that God will always have the final word. Start today by letting God have the final word.[/vc_column_text][us_separator height=”25px” size=”custom”][vc_column_text]

By Yvonne Biel  

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