Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak
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Never in the history of the world have words been so cheap, quick, irrevocable, and viral. Through cell phones and the Internet, we now have texting, e-mail, instant messaging, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. In addition, we have radio, television, and printed media. Words are flying around in the atmosphere like never before. As of June 2010, 77.2 percent of all Americans use the Internet (267 million people). One quarter of the world’s population is online. Forty- one percent of all Americans actively maintain a profile page on Facebook, which generates one billion pieces of content every single day. U.S. awareness of Twitter has exploded from 5 percent in 2008 to 87 percent in 2010, and by now the figures are even greater. In 2010, more than 17 million Americans used Twitter and the average number of “tweets” per day in the United States alone was 15.5 million.
Obviously, there are good uses of all these forms of communication; however, there are many disturbing consequences, including online bullying that has led to teenage suicide, identity theft, child safety risk, pornography addiction, and ruined careers. Job applicants lose out because of Facebook accounts of bad behavior; workers send ill-advised e-mails before thinking. People have destroyed relationships by typing their most secret thoughts in e-mail and then pressing Send before realizing how revealing the message was. Owing to the information available today, personal privacy has all but vanished. Sadly, anyone can say anything about an individual— whether it is true or not—and it is out there floating around in cyberspace just waiting for someone to access the information.
People’s reputations have been destroyed by what others have said and yet their words held no truth at all. You might say that we have a “word explosion” going on, and we have yet to see what damage will be caused by it unless people learn the power of words and make a commitment to use them in a godly way.
This is an excerpt from CHANGE YOUR WORDS, CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2012 by Joyce Meyer. Reprinted by permission of FaithWords. All rights reserved.
In “Change Your Words, Change Your Life”, Joyce Meyer, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed teacher writes, “I believe that our words can increase or decrease our level of joy. They can affect the answers to our prayers and have a positive or negative effect on our future.”
Building on the premises of Power Thoughts and Living Beyond Your Feelings, Joyce examines the power of words that convey our thoughts and emotions, and provides a series of guidelines for making sure that our talk is constructive, healthy, healing and used for good results. Topics include: How to tame your tongue; When to talk and when not to talk; Speaking faith and not fear; The corrosion of complaints; Do you really have to give your opinion?; The importance of keeping your word; The power of speaking God’s Word.
In a “Dictionary of God’s Word” at the end of the book, Joyce provides dozens of Scripture verses, arranged by topic, that she recommends reading and saying out loud as one way of using and claiming healing words.
The words we speak affect our lives in positive or negative ways. Joyce points the way to using your words the way God wants you to use them to live the life God wants you to live.
Hardcover Book : 320 pages
Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa ( September 11, 2012 )
Item #: 13-629409
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75inches
Product Weight: 12.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Joyce does not disappoint! Good practical wisdom
Reviewer: Doris K
Easy to read and very easy to comprehend.
Bible study group is now reading this wonderful eye opener.
Reviewer: Gloria M
Another stellar book from Joyce Meyer ! ! You are such a blessing to so many ! !
YOU GO GIRL ! ! ! ! ! !