Several months back, our life group did one of my very favorite studies, Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World by Craig Groeschel. The She Reads Truth community also participated in the study a few months after, and I jumped on board to soak in the truth again.
The most profound teaching of the series for me was the lesson on speaking life into other people.
The video below coordinates with this week of teaching and says it all so well:
(If you like, you can purchase the DVD that includes a teaching for each chapter here: Soul Detox: A DVD Study: Clean Living in a Contaminated World. I highly recommend this study for personal or small group use.)
As we all continue on this journey of understanding our identity, this truth pulls some heavy weight in the equation.
If the people around you are not speaking life into you, if they do not believe in you, if they place a label on you that makes you feel less-than, it will be oh so hard to not believe their words. Today, as you think about who you really are and all you were created to be, take notice of who you allow to speak into your life. Be on watch for those you allow to influence you and what you believe about yourself.
The wrong words spoken over you, or spoken around you, can bring death to your spirit. They can squash who you are and who you are meant to be.
But life-giving words can do just that:
allow you to blossom and live fully as you were meant to live.
Today, if you don’t have a loving friend or mentor that speaks life into you, ask God to send someone to be that. Consider removing yourself from situations that speak death over your spirit.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8
praying for you,