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This children’s rhyme is meant to help the victim
of name calling, taunting, and labeling to ignore painful words and refrain
from retaliation. But this adage just isn’t true. Truth is that Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words are what really hurt me.
The wisest man of the ancient world wrote: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its' fruit.2.The Message Bible says it this way: Words
kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit — you choose.
According to King Solomon the words we speak have far greater power than sticks
and stones; they can impact the hearer in life giving ways or cause them to die
on the inside.
In Matthew West’s ground-breaking song Hello, My Name Is, he sings:
my name is regret
pretty sure we have met
single day of your life
the whisper inside
won't let you forget
my name is defeat
know you recognize me
when you think you can win
drag you right back down again
you've lost all belief
are the voices
are the lies
I have believed them
the very last time
Who or what defines you? Without a healing work of
God, the hidden messages you internalized in the first eighteen years of your
life may impact your identity more profoundly than reading the first part of
Isaiah 43:4: You are precious to Me, and
I have given you a special place of honor. I love you (easy to read version).
As children and teens, when others said or did hurtful things to us we came to
believe lies about ourselves, God, and others. As the father of lies Satan is always looking to gain a foothold
in our lives. A "foothold" is
an entry point into your heart, mind, and being. It’s like a pesky salesman who
comes to your house trying to sell you something. When you open the door, he
puts his foot in the doorway so that you can’t shut him out. Once the enemy
gets his foot in the doorway of your life through lies believed, evil practices,
or occult involvement, he seeks to convert it into a strongholdthat places you in captivity and makes it next to impossible to get free.
More often than not we’re unaware of the enslaving lies we've
believed especially when these lies focus on how we
identity ourselves. One friend I met with had been repeatedly told by his
alcoholic father that he was a loser who
would never amount to anything. A statement like this is a pronouncement
or curse that can shrivel how we perceive ourselves and prevent us from experiencing God's incredible love and grace.
Another way lies get sown deep within us arises from
how we interpret formative childhood events. We may unwittingly believe we are
invisible to God because dad neglected us or that we are unwanted because our
parents fought like cats and dogs. Children are very astute learners but lousy
The chorus of the Matthew West song goes on to say:
my name is child of the one true King
I have been set free
Grace” is the song I sing
my name is child of the one true King
What identity are you living from? Have you
inadvertently turned to the creature to define yourself via comparison and what
others have said or done to you? Or have you allowed God to name you and call
you into real being by listening attentively to His voice?
Don’t let others tell you who you are – be
transformed and let God define you! (Romans 12:2 in three versions). Supernatural transformation powerfully occurs when God speaks into the lies we believe and sets us free (John 8:32, Psalm 107:20and Jeremiah 32:17). This is the same power we see in the first chapter of Genesis as God literally spoke the world and all the eye can see into existence. What the sheep can't do the Shepherd can!
If you sense God stirring your heart, I beleive you'll find this
spiritual formation exercise on The Issue
of Identity to be extremely helpful.
Click here to take a look.You can also access this study off of the “Tools” menu above.
Where are you at in
your journey? What's your story? Take the time to share your pilgrimage so others can learn from you. We are all on a journey of becoming who we were created to be. None of us have arrived.
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1. This is an English language
children's rhyme first reported to have appeared in The Christian Reporter in March of 1862. The last line of this
children’s rhyme morphed into "but names will never hurt me" in 1872 (Source: