I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints; but let them not turn again to folly. (Psalm 85:8)

You don’t need to be a writer to know that words have power. We teach our children from a very young age which words are acceptable and which words should not be used because of what they mean or because saying them to someone else might hurt their feelings. We also realize how hurtful words, once spoken, can only be healed, but never erased.

Just as powerful as the words we speak to each other, there are also spiritual words spoken to us day after day. These are not physical words we hear with our ears, but words we hear with our spirits. Some common ones you might have “heard”: you aren’t good enough, no one will ever really love you, nothing in your life will ever get better. Those words are this world’s lies. They are spoken to us in all kinds of ways: through people we meet, television, movies, music, the culture around us. And make no mistake, if we do not create space for the Holy Spirit to speak better words over us, these lies are the only ones we’ll hear.

Quiet your heart, quiet your mind and wait for the Lord to speak a word to your spirit. Rest assured it will sound much more like this:

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not; because he knew him not. (1 John 3:1)

Dear Father, speak your words over us today. Be in our mouths as we speak to others. In your son's name we pray, amen.


Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.