Psalm 138:1-8

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

Sticks and stones may break our bones,  but negative words can crush our spirits. A harsh tone and a cruel accusation from someone may affirm a dreadful misconception we have about our lives. Paul, however, did not let the defeating words of others sway him. Instead of conceding that maybe their accusations were correct, Paul knew what God had to say about his life. And he began confessing it. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Paul’s confession was bold, but truthful. He immediately staked his claim on the source of his strength, Jesus Christ. This was not a mere defiant remark from a person with a huge ego. This was a confession from someone who understood his place in God’s kingdom and the power of the One he served.

The spoken word is a powerful tool, and we must be careful to use it in the same way God uses His Word to communicate to us: to continue to shape us into His image. When the confessions of our mouth about who we are align with God’s Word, we begin to see the healthy benefits of such statements. Instead of a poor self-image, we begin to see ourselves as God sees us: His beloved children whom He longs to bless with His mercy, goodness, and grace.

Lord, let me never forget that when I accomplish things in You, I could not have done them in my own strength.

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