"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed."--Psalm 34:18(NLT)
We can never underestimate the power of words--they can edify, encourage, motivate, and inspire. Conversely, they can also bruise, wound, destroy, evoke fear, and create internal turmoil and chaos.
I recently spoke with someone who was deeply wounded by the negative words and name calling of a significant other. The toxic words she heard had made her begin to question her worth, value, and significance. The verbal assaults she endured were calculated and intentional. They were crafted by evil to malign, bringing distress to her soul.
The enemy of our soul rejoices when this begins to happen in our lives! He loves when we begin to believe his lies and question who God says we are. When the enemy can introduce doubt and disbelief as it relates to the word of God, he has gained a major foothold into our psyche. Rather than walking in confidence, faith, and trust--believing God's word, suddenly we are shaky, insecure, and uncertain about ourselves. Ultimately, bondage ensues making it all but impossible to walk in our destiny and live the life God originally intended.
If your spirit has been broken by the words of another, I have good news for you today! You can be free from word-bondage by making a decision to disallow those words to have power over your life! Toxic statements like, "You're fat." "You're ugly" "You're stupid" "You're just like your father" "You're a loser" "No one will ever want you", "You're a ----", etc. are inspired and driven by evil. Even if you have made poor choices or decisions that would appear to support or give credence to the berating, refuse to hear them. Decisions do not define you. Your past does not define you. God, your Creator, defines you because He made you! Choose to hear and listen to what God says about you. His words are true, loving, edifying, and soul soothing. His words bring peace, hope, encouragement, healing, and joy. Accept, receive, and believe the word of God concerning you.
Father, in Jesus' name, I have been crushed by words. I pray that you would heal my heart. Dislodge and uproot every lie that I have believed about myself. Restore my dignity, self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-worth. I receive the truth of your word and appropriate it to my life. I believe that I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). I believe that I am a good and perfect gift (James 1:17). I believe that I am created in your image and your likeness (Genesis 1:27). I disallow any thoughts or words that are contrary to the truths of Scripture to occupy space in my mind and in my heart any longer.
I decree and declare that I am a child of God and I receive the love of the Father now, in Jesus' name. I thank you Lord for healing, restoration, and wholeness in my life. Amen.