NOTHING SHOULD HAVE CONTROL over us. It’s the reason I stop drinking coffee for an extended period at least once a year. But here’s a question: do another’s words control you? What do I mean? Do you take to heart what’s others say to you or about you behind your back? You eventually hear the gossip about you, for everything done in darkness shall be brought into the light. But, do you allow those words to affect your life? I’m still pulling out those seeds that took root from a child.

I refuse to allow those words to control my life. While the Bible speaks of words that can penetrate the heart and the power of words to build up or destroy; you have the ability to either receive those words or cast them away. See, you cannot control what others speak about you, but you can control how you receive those words.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭10‬:‭5‬ ‭

You can recognize someone’s heart for you by the words coming out of them: gossip, slander, lies, cruel and hurtful jesting; all come from a wicked heart. I don’t care if they claim to love the Lord, listen to what they are saying. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. They might lift their hands to worship the Lord and the next minute they are slandering the children’s pastor.

Want to know someone’s heart? See how they respond when they are corrected and disciplined. Watch how they react when their children are disciplined. Listen how they talk about someone they had a bad interaction with. Open your ears. If they talk bad about others, they will talk bad about you. Don’t fool yourself. Why would you receive anything from an evil man with a wicked tongue?

“The upright man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright, and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke‬ ‭6:45‬

All throughout Scripture there is multiple references to the words of our mouth and YOU are responsible for your words. Every idle word men will give an account to Jesus. Yet, you also are responsible to NOT take in words that will harm you. Words are seeds and they have the power to build up or destroy. Do not receive the words of the wicked! Put on your helmet of salvation and drown out damaging and hurtful words. Cast down every word that has the potential to destroy your joy.

Do not receive words that are meant for evil, for this kind is only from the accuser of the brethren. Build your faith up with the beautiful and holy Words of God. Speak His words of life over yourself and others and fully reject the unwholesome words of an evil man.

“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For he flatters himself in his own eyes, When he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; He sets himself in a way that is not good; He does not abhor evil.” Psalms‬ ‭36‬:‭1‬-‭4‬


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