As mentioned in part four, our words we use can work for or against us. The source of your words are big deal. For instance, words from above are spirit, life and truth; those that come from the flesh or a carnal mind, not so much. Romans 8:5-6For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Moreover, as also already stated, the thing with which we fill our hearts will proceed from out mouths. A number of you are already aware that even our words can affect our own personal health. They may even create unwanted triggers. And of course, they can change your course in life in a positive direction. Your words have weight. Proverbs 18:21Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. So, let’s open this package and examine its contents.
Again, in the abbreviated form, we consist of spirit, soul and body. With that in mind, we’ll address how each area is affected by what we say. We’ll start in the physical realm. Thoughts and words are experienced in our bodies. As we know, our brain has a subconscious part which never sleeps. It’s the part of the brain that regulates the functioning of the body (heartbeat, digestive and limbic system, etc.). It’s neutral in that it doesn’t care what you say, or anyone else for that matter. It simply receives what’s spoken, and uses them in relation to those functions. Obviously, if you want a more concise understanding, do some research. One thing you would find, is neural science actually confirms what the Bible has been telling us for thousands of years.
One brief example of the mind/brain system affecting our body is how some feel after a confrontation. How many have lost their appetite after such an encounter? The body didn’t lose its appetite on it’s own. The chemicals released by the brain into the digestive system, told them they weren’t hungry. In some instances, it’s been known to make people feel nauseous. Question: are words usually involved in confrontations? Of course, the emotions were also be affected, and they also play into the signaling process of the brain, which correlates to the soul.
Likewise, what we speak over ourselves can affect our wellness. We’ve all heard people say something like, “I get sick every time the weather changes,” and sure enough, when it changes they get sicker than a dog. Was it the weather, or did they program their brain to make their body sick? The weather became the trigger, which was installed by their words. These words were from the heart, and were spoken often. Of course, experience simply helped reinforce the belief. Why do you suppose some drug companies use phrases like, “When you get sick during cold and flu season, you can count on us to make you feel better,” in their advertisement? The power of suggestion!
On the other side of the spectrum, there are others who typically never get sick during cold and flu season, not to mention when the weather changes. One part of this is due to the fact they feed on the Word of God, and speak it over themselves. God’s Word is spirit and life. Their words are attached to belief, and the abundance of their hearts. This is not to say they will never get sick, because there are other elements involved, such as mercy.
While this is a different subject, mercy is attached to health and healing. Bitterness and envy, for example, can be linked to arthritis. Proverbs 12:30A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
The question is, whose report will you believe: a drug company, or God? Do you believe healing is part of the Gospel? 1 Peter 2:24 (Jesus) Who his own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (see also Isaiah 53:1-5). In relation to our example, if you happen to be one who finds certain events (such as weather) trigger sickness, try quoting Scripture instead of the old mantra, and see what happens. It would be easy to go down a rabbit hole in this area, so as a suggestion: with Holy Spirit’s assistance, study what the Bible has to say about it. 3 John 1:1Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Certainly, words affect our emotions, which means we can trigger them on our own. Of course, it’s easier to blame others for negative ones, but let’s get real. For instance, we’ve all heard, “If (fill in the blank) happens, I’m going to be angry!” Maybe some of us have said it ourselves. What happen when the “if” happens? Boom! Anger strikes as predicted. There are a few things at play in this example. Thing one, anger is being used as a weapon, or means of manipulation in some cases. That is, someone is attempting to stop someone from performing a certain way by using anger to instill fear. Thing two, it gives the person a sense of empowerment. And thing three, it placed a trigger in the subconscious. Our focus here is thing three. Anger is only one emotion, but there are others which can be similarly triggered. Whether it’s euphoria or sadness, boldness or anxiety, peace or fearfulness, and so on. We can set our emotions up by what we say. Moreover, it can mean the difference between response or reaction. Somethings with which people struggle can be reinforced by their words. Likewise, words can also be used to realize their victory. Clearly, words are not the only triggers. Life experiences use other things, such as music, sounds, smells, and etc..
For brevity sake, we’ll stop here and continue next blog, Lord willing. To round this out, ask God for the wisdom you need in relation to those things of which you’re not sure.