Who Am I? – The Power of Words

Remember when you were a child, how you used to dream of what you would do when you grew up?

Then, as a teenager, how you spent massive amounts of time thinking about your life and trying to define yourself and your calling? Trying to answer the question, Who am I?

And you couldn’t wait until you became an adult so you could have it all figured out?

But then…

You arrived at adulthood and realized you didn’t have it all figured out.

In fact, it got harder to discern your path because you kept listening to those little voices that whispered negativity. The ones that seemed to say, It’s all bad.

And those messages of doubt, fear, unworthiness, etc. grew louder over time, stealing your confidence, your energy, your joy.

I recently read this quote by Tommy Newberry from his book The 4:8 Principle, a book based on Philippians 4:8.

“The secret conversations you hold in the privacy of your own mind are shaping your destiny, little by little.”

That statement really grabbed my attention. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The power of words. Or, rather, the words we give power to in our lives.

I wonder how different our lives would be if we applied the wisdom of Philippians 4:8?

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”

I believe the answer can be found in the preceding verses. Philippians 4:6-7 tells us what we gain by surrendering our thoughts to God in prayer.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Peace. A mind and heart quieted by the knowledge that God has answered that age-old question for all of us.

Who am I? Who are you?

We are children of God. When we listen to Him, the power of His life-giving words begins to transform our thinking. And the destiny He has written for each of us is like a beautiful song.

A song we hear more clearly when our hearts are tuned to the voice of the One who has long been whispering in our ear, It’s all good.

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7 thoughts on “Who Am I? – The Power of Words

  1. Love that quote from Newberry, “The secret conversations you hold in the privacy of your own mind are shaping your destiny, little by little.”

    And the truth from Philippians is so good. Verses 6 and 7 are our memory verse(s) this month at church.

    On what am I thinking? What are the recurring topics of my secret conversations?

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I remember my mom saying, “I might look old to you but I still feel the same on the inside.” I thought she was crazy, until I got old…

    Spend your life aspiring to this verse and little by little you WILL begin to FEEL grown up. Take it from me, HE grows us up.

    Blessings, Debbie

  3. Phil. 4:8 is a favorite passage, and so are verses 6-7. I agree with you that one can’t be separated from the other.

    No matter how hard the spirit is willing in me, I still fall victim to the flesh and have those private conversations in my mind.

    Great and convicting post, Angel.

  4. Philippians 4:8 was the first verse in the bible that God used to grab me with. It has always been what I consider “My verse” I think I knew it in my heart before I ever even read it as an adult.

  5. So true, and some of my favorite Scripture. I’ve written on the power of words numerous times. They can hurt or they can heal.

  6. There is so much truth here. Beautifully written, words that I surely needed reminding of today. I’m so happy to have stopped in 🙂

  7. Hey Angel.. Im so glad you stopped by to visit Glass of sweet tea.. and yes we are on the same page,,I also wrote about the power of words.. how they can bring death of life
    (I was talking about how we as mothers and wives can bring life or death to our familys) I also have another bloghttp://heartofthehome-blog.blogspot.com/ that is a new womens ministry if you would like to stop by some time.. great post.. and it is very nice to meet you.. I will be back to visit again soon.
    God Bless

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