Words, Seeds, and Trees

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Words, Seeds, and the Me God Sees.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

Proverbs 18:21

Words matter. Healing or hurting. Full of power, yet appearing invisible.  

They paint a vivid picture internally. Conveying thoughts to our hearts planted in the form of a seed. All our words are building something in us or shrinking what God says about us. 

Proverbs reminds us of the power of life and death in our words. Words are meant to shape something. God’s did and so will ours. Everything God has done started with a spoken word. Yours will too. Our life reflects what we believe and say from our hearts.

Struggling With Self Image

I remember growing up struggling with self-image.

Observing my mother struggling with an inferiority complex caused me to internalize similar struggles.  This resulted in bondage in my life.

My mother was an average, healthy woman. Yet she had a warped self-image.  She was convinced she had a weight problem.  This caused her to frequently speak negatively about herself. 

I soon began doing the same thing.  I felt something was wrong with my body size also.   Even though I was an average size, through observation and internalizing things I would see or hear, bondages happened.

We reproduce what we hear or see.  Even if it is warped. The snare to compare ourselves to others is a temptation. 

Why We Speak Negative Words

Through a broken self image, we speak negative words. This creates an inferiority complex or negative self-image.  Proverbs makes reference to this.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue

Proverbs 18:21 

Bridling our tongue and restraining our words preserve us.

The heart expresses what it is full of.  Good or bad. Positive or negative. God is a God of our heart, so inspecting it is wise to see what pours out in our conversations and language.

Culture capitalizes on insecurities, The enemy reinforces it. But God is trying to redirect our attention to his image. Seeing ourselves through His eyes.  God doesn’t call us to self-confidence, he calls us to develop God-confidence. Daring us to audaciously believe what He says about us. 

Some might say this is nervy. Putting yourself up there with God. Saying you are a Co-laborer. A Royal Priesthood. An Ambassador. God’s partner. Wonderfully and fearfully made. Even, the Righteousness of God. 

After all, we might dare to believe God and start walking these words out.

It’s incomprehensible to imagine what might change around us, but most of all, what could change in us.

Do Your Words Limit God or Release God?

When we limit God by disagreeing or minimizing what He says about us, we limit the work God wants to do through us.

Words can convince our hearts to believe God, or our lives get shaped by a warped fleshly view of who we are. 

It takes discipline to direct our ears to God. Culture, your past, and even current situations tell you a different story. 

Our thoughts are a root system.  Words are the foundation of a thriving tree.  One that should bear fruit.  Strongholds keeps us bound and they are erected through wrong thinking.

Everything we meditate on starts to develop a root system. Words can provide strength for the foundation of a thriving tree that  bears fruit. strongholds to keep us bound. 

Renewing our mind to think and agree with what God says about us can be a daily challenge, but one seed of God’s word planted consistently can reshape warped images. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

What is one area of your life God wants to strengthen?

What has been broken down in your life due to believing a lie about yourself? 

Meditation scripture:

I will praise you, for I am wonderfully and fearfully made; Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 139:14

Memory scripture:

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us

Romans 8:37

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