Throughout the Bible, God gives us some vital keys to feeling alive and empowered…keys that will unlock the door to having an enabled, triumphant life. The life-changing key to changing how we live, how we act and how we feel has to do with WHAT we say, and HOW we say it. He tells us a way to use language so that it brings sweetness to life.
God tells us HOW to use what we say as a way to move into the place where life IS sweet. He gives us the dynamics to move ourselves emotionally, to strengthen ourselves spiritually and to add richness to our lives.
See, the way we habitually speak and word things can add either incredible richness to our lives or can keep us devastated and wiped out. God tells us to choose how we use. Power either for magnified good or for multiplied problems.
EXAMPLE: If we describe a thrilling experience as “not too bad,” we lose some of the impact of what really happened. On the other hand, if when we’re merely inconvenienced we have the habit of saying that our “day was wrecked,” that we’re “dying inside” because of such a “tragic” turn of events, we end up not only FEELING worse, but actually imagining ourselves to be victims of random strikes of the cruel hand of fate…(Hmmm, where was GOD during all this?!)
POINT: Most of us have MORE words for what’s WRONG in our lives than we do for what’s right. If we look in a thesaurus, we’ll find roughly twice as many words describing NEGATIVE emotions as we do POSITIVE ones. Words like “anger, irritate, annoy, infuriate, enrage, gloom, discouragement, humiliation, sadness, down-heartedness, despondency, despair – and only half as many words to describe such positive feelings as “happy, cheerful, sunny, enjoyable, rejoicing, inspiring.” That’s why it’s easier to feel bad than it is to feel good!
POINT: Have you ever noticed how people who spend time together not only tend to FEEL similar feelings, but also get more and more alike in how they DESCRIBE their feelings? We not only adopt similar emotional patterns from the people we spend time with, but we adopt some of their habitual WORDING, as well?
According to example in the Bible, how we FEEL about things has to do with how we DESCRIBE them to ourselves.
EXAMPLE: If someone rejects me because I’m telling them about how Jesus brought hope and meaning into my life, I CAN feel rejected and alone. That is, IF I tell myself that I did a lousy job of talking about Jesus, and also that He didn’t back me up when I was sharing my faith.
OR, I could feel unhappy and excited. I could “rejoice and be exceedingly glad, knowing that I have a great reward in Heaven, because that’s how they treated the prophets in the Bible days.” (Mat. 5:12) How I feel about it, whether it’s a positive, a FAITH-BUILDING experience, or a NEGATIVE, FAITH-WRECKING experience hangs whether I use the tools God gives me in the word, or the ones that I learned growing up.
POINT: How we feel about our lives, our salvation, our family, our church and our God, all these, whether our life is a happy and satisfying one or an existence of disappointment and frustration depends on whether or not we use the tools God gave Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, Daniel, Isaiah, Jesus, the Apostles, etc,…
Most of us haven’t CONSCIOUSLY chosen how we think, feel or respond to what’s going on around us. We deal with some things like our parents did. Then, there are other things we pick up from people we like on TV. Other ways of describing what’s going on comes from our friends. This is why there’s such a surplus of ‘barroom wisdom’. (Have you ever noticed that the ‘experts’ at barroom wisdom rarely are successful in the areas they tell you how to run your life in?)
On the other hand, by making a CONSCIOUS CHOICE to adjust a few key words and phrases, people from all walks of life have been able to enjoy happy, productive and positive lives – even in the midst of hassles and problems.
I’ll share with you how, by using this power tool from the Word of God, the EXACT same experience that USED to leave me feeling overwhelmed, overloaded and drained, NOW actually ENERGIZES me? How that NOW it brings out what’s SWEET about life…the EXACT same situation! Just now, the EFFECT it has on me is INVIGORATING!
We’ll explore how to simply CUT OUT certain factors that cause us to be overloaded, upset, angry, depressed or insecure, and to REPLACE THEM with ones that tend to ENERGIZE us; ones that STIMULATE us; ones that INTENSITFY our sense of what God’s doing in our lives.
You’ll discover WHY we keep feeling the same negative feelings over and over again. And, be prepared to cut them out of your life forever.
Can words CHANGE your life? You bet! Can they affect your biochemistry? Absolutely! We’ll even EXPERIENCE it together in a pleasant 40 second “experiment”. (Don’t worry, it won’t be fattening!) But you’ll know beyond a shadow of a doubt that SIMPLE adjustments in words and phrases CAN affect your body and feelings!
We’ll bring to light WHY some people are sick regularly… Why some are rarely ill…and also why many get healed. It’s in the Bible. And, it’s easy to grasp.