Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“How Can I Keep Negative Words From Hurting Or Controlling Me?“
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” was a children’s rhyme I used to sing in my early youth. Little did I know back then how harsh negative criticism and hurtful words could do more damage than objects thrown at me ever could.
In Proverbs 15:4 God reveals that “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
Destructive voices fill our entire world and in time you are bound to meet all sorts of people that will say things that will cause you pain, for nothing brings hurt or stirs up anger like grievous words from the lips of insensitive or foolish people. Often it’s not from strangers that will affect you most but from negative and hurtful comments from those that you love or care about.
Like an arm chair quarterback who has never picked up a football or a backseat driver who can’t control the steering wheel of an automobile, those negative voices are always on the prowl in an attempt to instruct, correct, or slander you without knowing what it’s like to ever walk in your shoes.
So why do you care about what others say to the place that you allow it to ruin your day and hold you back from doing the things you really want to do?
Their taunting hurts because you keep replaying their comments in your head, over and over again, and are allowing it to become forged in your spirit. But stop and learn how you can prevent their hurtful words from having the impact within you by you starting to do things differently. By trusting Christ and walking in fellowship with God’s Holy Spirit, you now have the authority to prevent from taking control or cast down and even destroy the works of the devil in your life.
While I cannot keep foolish people from making negative or criticizing comments, with God’s help and strength, I can control my own attitude in how I will react or how I will be affected by what has been foolishly said.
Aren’t you aware that you have been given the power to replace bad thoughts with faith-filled, positive, loving and optimistic thoughts? Surround yourself with people whose lives are full of faith and have a heart for God. Don’t try to argue back with a fool. Clear up the negativity inside of you and realize how much God really loves you.
Become inspired by listening to some anointed gospel music and be encouraged through some anointed and life changing gospel preaching. Learn God’s view point by studying His Holy Scriptures. Learn to respond productively and remain poised and in control whenever you’re confronted with rebellious acting or screwed up people.
Take back that power and fully commit yourself to The Holy Spirit of God. Remember, no one can control you unless you allow their control to reign in your life. Stop being the victim and learn to demonstrate God’s love through your life, in spite of them.
Are you aware that God had your best interest in view when He sent Jesus to the cross? So, confess out loudly that you’ve been redeemed by His blood, forgiven of your sins, filled with His Spirit and are now walking in His Word. And that God’s view point is the only one that matters and that He is the only one you’re concerned about pleasing.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!