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  • Bishop John C. Parks

4 Life Changing Words

Life is about making decisions. Decisions determines habits. Habits determines thoughts. Thoughts create words. One cannot understand the difference words make. The bible says that death and life abides in our mouth (Proverbs 18:21). We construct words that shift the atmosphere positively or negatively. When the atmosphere shifts, our direction shifts. So, one should give great attention to their use of words.

If one would consciously think to use these 4-power words, one would see the enormousness of the change in their life. These simple but yet powerful words are life changers.

FOCUSED: It is so easy to be preoccupied or distracted from what really matters. The wise writer of Hebrews wrote, "Therefore, since we are encompassed with such a great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Heb. 12:1-2).

In the Greek, the phrase "fix our eyes" means to give undivided attention. It signifies looking away from anything that distracts you from your walk with Christ. If you fix your eyes on people, they will frustrate you. If you fix your eyes on your circumstances, you will be disheartened. If you fix your eyes on the world events, you will be depressed. Fix your eyes on Jesus and stay focused on what He is called you to do.

One novel way to stay focused has been to keep a journal. Each day, set your goals. Then, each night think about what you have accomplished toward the goal. Gratefulness is just one simple way to keep your focus on Christ.

FEARLESS: The corona virus creates panic in the minds of many people around the world. Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control" (2 Tim. 1:7). One cannot stop living because of fear. Fear is not real. Danger is real. However, believing something will happen when it will not is fear.

FREEDOM. so many of us live in bondage to what other people think of us. However, Christ has called us to freedom. He has accomplished our freedom through the cross. "For freedom Christ freed us (Galatians. 5:1). We are free from all bondage.

FULFILLED. Many people spend their lives making sure others are happy. They tend to sacrifice their values and principles to sustain the emotions of others. However, they end up on a trampoline of feelings and emotions leading to despair. Being fulfil is feeling good in your own skin. Being fulfilled means others will not always accept you or even love you.

One should consider this question. How much energy do you give to agonizing about what others might think of you? Here is the thing—God calls us to nurture our relationships, but He never calls us to worry about what others are thinking. I believe that when we truly internalize God's love, we are free to love others rather than let them enslave us. Set yourself free with these 4 powerful words.

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