Power of Words

May 14, 2009 at 23:31 (GenChurch)

It’s kind of funny, kids say “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Adults know this is untrue, even if they pretend to be unhurt. But I think even as adults we don’t, can’t or refuse to understand exactly how powerful words are. If we were to ascertain what the deadliest weapons of all time were, the Atomic Bomb would be third, Kalashnikovs would be second, and words would be first. (Obviously you have to take into account that the deaths caused by words sometimes implement AK-47’s and atom bombs to carry out their destruction)

A good example of this would be Hitler, if you take Hitler at face value, he was nothing more than a short geek who felt sorry for himself, but he was able to speak with such command and conviction that he quickly won over supporters. Once in power Hitler quickly seized every newspaper, and media outlet ’cause he understood the power of words, he also started indoctrination in Germany’s schools and is quoted saying:

“By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise.”

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”

But Hitler was not the only one who had something to say during World War II, if he was I might be typing this in German. Here’s a few things Churchill had to say about words:

“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.”

“Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all.”

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Contrast Hitler with Winston Churchill, and you soon realize that the battle for Britain during World War II was a shouting match between two great orators with a lot of blood shed and no victor, but it stalled Hitler. Churchill’s words hammered against the propaganda, and small flickers of light could be found throughout the conflict. His words even affected America to the point that when we were attacked by Japan, Roosevelt chose to get involved in the European conflict before we retaliated against Japan. Wars are debates, unmonitored, bloody rebuttals with no briefs except more death.

I had more to say but, I’ve forgotten most of it so I’m just going to close with a few areas you can think about when considering the power of Words. I’d start first with James 3:3-10. Next I’d say consider how Satan tempts using words, he doesn’t need to be murderous only convince you to be. And finally consider affirmations, particularly negative self affirmations and how they affect you.

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Readily Fit Feet

April 28, 2009 at 04:51 (GenChurch)

Anything in this color can be ignored, I’m just going on a tangent.

P.S. I had more to say but I forgot it all, which is partly why I started this blog, so I could write down my thoughts.

I think I’m going to regularly put out a blog based on what was talked about on Wednesday nights at GenChurch because, I’m an introverted person and so I prefer to have time to think and process things. When I’m part of the discussions on Wednesdays I can draw from my speech classes about impromptu speaking, but I always feel like there’s so much left unsaid.

Summary: We talked about our identity as soldiers for the Christ and more than anything, because of time constraints, about the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18 (note: I say the Christ because Christ is not a name, it’s an entitlement Orthodox Jews would say the Messiah, same thing).

Specifically I’m gonna talk about Ephesians 6:15 – “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace.” Okay so let’s just dive right in, this passage, before last Wednesday, has always confused me. It never seemed to fit, there’s no indication of what type of armor we’re supposed to fit to our feet, I always assumed it was some type of greave or shoe. Maybe that’s what I was taught and maybe that’s what it even refers to, but it confused me still. Another part that threw me off about this section is the attribute, everything else is a fruit of the spirit, but this… readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace… What’s that supposed to mean?

So anyways I started thinking about what feet are used for in battle, particularly in biblical times. And it makes sense why there wasn’t a type of armor given for this part of the body, because in general there wasn’t any armor protecting the legs. If anything ancient armor was designed to give the soldier the most mobility, they didn’t have long robes or anything that might restrict their legs, in fact in most depictions there’s little more than an undergarment and an armored skirt, you could compare it to a cup and a kilt. So feet, in battle, should be ready to move at a moments notice, whether that’s to march to the battlefield or to retreat from defeat; dodge a blow or deliver your own; or simply stand and defend where you are; your feet should be ready for it all.

Are my feet ready to march in obedience to the places God has called me? Are they ready to retreat back to God’s protective camp when I’ve tried on my own and come out defeated? Are my feet ready to avoid the blows of doubt sent by the enemy? What about countering with power? Or standing with resolve? Not without the Gospel of Peace, the good news of Jesus’s sacrifice for my victory in Him.

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