The Power of Words and Attitudes


May 31, 2018

Today’s post relates to the one published last week. Please now consider further with me the power of words and attitudes.

There was an “impossible” battle situation facing Gideon and his men. Their land was about to be overrun by a huge invading force. God gave Gideon an unreasonable, unthinkable plan.

Deuteronomy 20:8

“The officers will continue to address the army and say, ‘Is there any man who is afraid or cowardly? Let him leave and return home, so that his brothers’ hearts won’t melt like his own.’”

God instructed soldiers who were afraid or cowardly to stay home, not going with the troops, so their attitudes would not make the hearts of the other men melt. Surely men like this would give voice to their fear, and not simply silently endure their feelings.

Do not we see this all the time? What fearful or negative person keeps those feelings and thoughts to themselves?

This shows the power of attitude and word. God knows negative attitudes and words have a debilitating effect on people nearby, as he knows the power of a word.

The negative report of eight of 10 spies set the hearts of six hundred thousand men of Israel on a disbelieving path. Six Hundred Thousand!

It is demoralizing to have dreams and faith shot down by the negative faith (which has just as much power as positive faith) of an individual who refuses to, or cannot, believe God for good. How much has been lost due to such attitudes and outlooks?

God in His magnificent wisdom knew these men needed to stay home, because of the destruction they would bring if they went on the mission.

Gideon started with 32,000 men. They were probably spoiling for a fight, and ready to pontificate about it when they came home victorious.

Gideon got right to the point. “If you are fearful and trembling, go on home.” Just like that, 22,000 men took off. They were believing visible lies, not trusting the invisible God of all Creation.

Next God initiated the water-drinking test. Most of the men bent down to the stream, but 300 scooped water to their mouths with their hands, to be more aware of surroundings, and ready. Who knows what the other men were thinking, but Gideon sent them home too, leaving 300 men.

God wanted these people to know their deliverance was impossible at their own hands, so He set the scenario so it would be impossible to believe anything else.

The first large group evidently believed the lies of fear, and the rest believed the lie of “we got this”. Both are lies, so are negative.

Why is the second one a lie? Because we are more limited than we realize or want to believe. “Without me you can do nothing” Jesus said. Of course we can build things and complete tasks. He was talking about the eternal fruitfulness of our lives.

Is your perspective informed by the reality of the Holy One, or by a range of fears and negative thought processes? Do you listen to truth, or to the unstable fluid transitory musings of mankind? Do you listen to the latest pop psychology or to established truth?

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Photo by Evan Kirby on Unsplash

Do you even believe there is a body of truth?

If I did not believe that there was, I think I’d be afraid to leave the house. If there is no standard, anything goes. If each person believes “my own truth” we have a situation of chaos. Wreckage is in our futures.

  • No maps.
  • No lighthouse.
  • No radio.
  • No coordinates.
  • Each one walks a lonesome path, guessing the way along, picking and choosing from vain philosophies and high sounding arguments.

From such weedy ground grows negative thinking.

Increasingly research shows that negative thinking has physical consequences. Illnesses often find their root in the state of our heart and mind. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he”.

That is amazing, isn’t it? Just attitudes unspoken carry great power for good or for disappointment. Speak the attitudes, and the power is multiplied. But just the attitude makes a difference in the day, the week, the month, the year, the life.

We need to believe this! Why spoil things with negative faith, attitudes, and words? The first spoilage will take place in us, before it reaches out to others.

Do you want to live longer and better? Maybe your thoughts and attitudes need to be reformed. And only One can truly make lasting reformation, by transforming us by the renewing of our minds.

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