In Change Your Words, Change Your Life, Joyce Meyer demonstrated the importance of controlling your tongue and speaking life enhancing words about yourself and others. Joyce Meyer pointed out that social media has introduced a whole new concept of us having to watch what we type/say to others. Cyberbullying has spread vicious words among children and teenagers. This is an important area that we have to watch what we say or type. We can choose to share positive words or negative words it’s up to us. Many times we criticize ourselves or others and we don’t realize the damage we’re causing. Joyce stated that many believers claim to believe in God but they aren’t in agreement with the promises he has declared he would do. They listen to the devil and his lies that they aren’t loved and forgiven. The word says they are loved and forgiven for their sins!
One of the stories that Joyce Meyer shared was about a freshman in high school named, Kyle. Kyle was walking home from school and he had all his books with him. This other young boy noticed this and thought to himself that he must be a nerd. A few seconds later he saw a group of kids knocking his books out of Kyle’s hands. The young boy befriended Kyle and reached out to him. On graduation day, Kyle revealed the truth in a speech. Kyle planned to kill himself that very day and he cleaned out his locker where his mother wouldn’t have to. I paraphrase the story from pages 14-16. This story hit home to me and helped me to realize the importance of reaching out to others despite how others may criticize us for doing so. Words had such a huge impact for Kyle and it changed and saved his life. What if the young boy hadn’t reached out and became Kyle’s friend.
The book included a personal list that Joyce Meyer wrote in 1976 concerning the truth of what God’s word and what she wanted in her future. One of my scriptures was: “As a man thinketh in his heart; so is he. (Prov. 23:7). This reminded me to control what I believe about myself. If it doesn’t line up with the word of God, I have to reject it as lies. She also believed this, “All my children have lots of Christian friends, and God has set aside a Christian wife or husband for each of them. (1 Cor. 15:33). When she began confessing this life changing declaration, her oldest child was only fourteen years old! All of her children are currently married! I’m believing for the same thing over my life and my children and grandchildren lives! The list was around five pages long and I am so glad she shared this personal details. It was a huge encouragement to remind me to write down some of scriptures verses that I need to declare over my life.
I would recommend this astonishing resource to anyone who is longing to figure how to make process in taming the tongue. Words have incredible power and when used wisely can bless or we can choose to curse others. This book has the potential to change your life if you put into practice the lessons and get in agreement with speaking God’s word. The book reminded me to keep my word when I tell someone I will do something I need to follow through, stop complaining, and listen to others and only share my opinion when I need to. Speaking encouragement and building up others is how mature Christians act. This is an area that I see that I must work actively to find areas to communicate to others much needed encouragement.
I immensely enjoyed the “Dictionary of God’s Word” included in the back of the book. It covered scriptures to speak over your life when you’re depressed, angry, seeking healing, afraid, rejected, lonely, needing financial help, and much more. There is so much power in this book that will benefit readers seeking to improve their daily life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who struggles with saying the right things about themselves or others.
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