“I’m losing it,” he chuckled. He used that phrase way too often and in the next six years sadly he did lose it. His creative, sharp mind took a downhill turn and succumbed into a dementia he never quite recovered from. Did it really have to do with the words he spoke?
Both scientifically and biblically the answer is YES.
Much scientific research has been done to test the results of the phrases we speak. “Words have power. Most people speak words that increase body stress and turn the body’s pH from alkaline to acidic. Words can change the way we think and feel. Researchers have concluded that speaking the correct form of words and thinking the correct thoughts actually changes a person’s DNA.” (Kevin Trudeau, Natural Cures 2004).
An experiment was done by the Japanese scientist, Masaru Emoto, where different phrases were spoken to water crystals, which were then photographed. Harsh and mean words made the molecules look very different from the molecules that received gentler words. The water molecules in this experiment responded to words, so why wouldn’t the water molecules in our own bodies? Children’s bodies are about 75% water and adults about 60%. We are affecting those molecules by our words.
The Bible has many strong things to say about words. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov 18:21). “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth” (Prov 6:2). “A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul” (Prov 18:7). We don’t want to be fools.
We can’t be frivolous, saying, “Oh, I didn’t really mean it.” If we continue saying things like, “It blew my mind,” or “My foot is killing me,” or “It scares me to death,” or “It was unbelievable,” our brains can’t help but believe we really mean it and then our brains send those signals to the rest of our body and it responds accordingly. Speaking puts it in motion. God says if we keep speaking it, it will absolutely come to pass. It’s a law of life, just like the law of gravity: If you drop it, it’s going to fall.
Let’s stop dropping “phrase rockets” on ourselves. I’ve seen the sad and awful results too many times. So, I’m asking you to please consider this.
Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of phrases you need to stop saying. Also ask family members or friends to help you. I know it’s not easy, and it’s especially not fun to have people correcting you about the things you speak. Frankly, it gets annoying! But if we will make the changes in our speech, it won’t be long before we notice the changes in our bodies, our emotions and our minds. They will be healthier and our lives happier.
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