They [believers] triumphed over him [the accuser of the brethren] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)
An always-in-trouble five-year-old attended the Sunday school class I helped with. The other teachers had nothing good to say about the boy. And he never failed to live up to their words…except when I taught the class.
My secret? I ignored many of his shenanigans and watch carefully for that split-second of good behavior. I praised him for it with applause and stickers. He responded to kind words the same as he responded to negative input. He repeated the behavior.
It’s really no secret. Words matter. They’re powerful. One of the biggest concerns in our society today is bullying, which causes the victim extreme loss of self-esteem. Our word can have just as powerful positive effects on people if we use them to uplift and encourage.
The impact our words have on people is no secret or surprise. But have you considered our God-given authority over demons through our words?
Prepare by reading, pondering, and praying about Psalm 18:3.
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks