Fasting. Have you ever thought of fasting "words". Take the challenge, fast complaining, judgment, criticism/sarcasm, and gossip for 40-days. The first half of the book is teaching chapters on what these words really mean. The last half, 40 one day readings on fasting words.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue. The words that come out
of our mouths heal or hurt. They bring reconciliation or division. By
our words men are called into their destiny and the life of the Lord is
shared with others. By words dreams are shattered.
You see, Satan is always out to destroy the essential purposes of God.
Christ’s vision for us as believers is that we might be one as He and
the Father are one. Christ knew our great love for one another would
draw unbelievers into the kingdom as they witnessed something their
souls yearned for but could not find in the world: unconditional
acceptance and love. Satan uses these other kinds of words that come out
of our mouths—judgments, criticism, sarcasm, negativity, complaining,
and gossip—to keep this purpose of God at bay.
Words of blessing have a remarkable impact. Gentle words of blessing
soothe the inner man. They are like cherry limeade with crushed ice on a
sweltering summer’s day, refreshing the body and emotions. Words of
encouragement bolster the will and activate hope in our lives. Each one
of us yearns for motivating words of praise that infuse our self-worth.
They stimulate our desire to actualize the unique potential God has
placed in each one of us. Sunny, cheery words are protein to the spirit
of a child, shaping the course of his or her life at such a tender age
and having eternal impact.
Positive words are verbal nutrients that hydrate the entire being; when
lacking, God’s purposes are left dormant. Negative words produce
verbal toxins that poison the soul. In the wake of negative, critical
words, a person’s confidence is destroyed and God’s possibilities
are crushed. Yes, spoken words have the power of life and death.
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