Summary: Can words really change your life? Actually, yes they can if they are the Words of the LORD.
34 Words That Can Change Your Life
Scripture Reference: First Peter 2:9
Preached at Mount Zion Baptist Church
Delivered by Rev. John Daniel Johnson
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Let me begin this morning by asking a question. There is an old saying that goes something like this, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Now, honestly is that true? Words sometimes do hurt. When we’ve heard the rumors that have been spread about us, sometimes it hurts. Here’s my question, “Is it possible for words to change your life?”
Thirteen years ago, Jessica and I went to the doctor and heard the words that he told us. He told us, “Congratulations, you’re going to have a baby.” Those words changed our life. We had to start expanding, start saving, and start preparing. Our lives were changed because of the spoken word.
I pray that there has also been a spoken word that was told to you that changed your life. Hopefully sometime in your life you’ve heard it spoken that God loved you so much that He sent His Son (Jesus) to die for you to give you everlasting life. I pray that those words stirred your soul and changed your life.
This morning I bring to you a message entitled, “34 Words That Can Change Your Life.” Now notice that it does not say “WILL Change Your Life,” but “CAN Change Your Life.” The reason is it says that it can change your life is because this life-changing word comes with a few stipulations. There a just a few requirements that we’ll have to meet to experience this life-changing word.
So, here it is. Here are the 34 Words That Can Change Your Life. Lets read together from Second Peter 2:9. Just one Scripture passage this morning. Just 34 simple, yet full of truth words. This morning in honor of this life-changing word, let’s stand in reverence of reading it. God’s truth states,
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him
who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
Now those words are impactful. As a believer those words describe who we now are…what we are. However, we need to get those stipulations (those requirements) out of the way. We have to first make sure that we’ve met certain requirements to apply this passage to our lives. Oh, and this morning if you’ve haven’t met these requirements, I pray that you do today. God wants to change your life around. He wants to bless His children. He wants His children happy. He wants nothing more than for His children to live out their life to the fullest while here on this earth. There’s no better place to see those stipulations other than back in God’s Word. Join me in reading Exodus 19 and Deuteronomy 7.
“Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
Did you all catch the requirement in those two verses? Since we, as committed believers of Jesus, we’ve been grafted into the same promises that God made to Israel, this verse applies to us also. Scripture tells us that we are His “special treasure above all people,” a “kingdom of priests,” and “a holy nation.” But, there is a requirement. Did you catch it? Verse 5 directs us, “Therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, THEN…” Let’s look at what Deuteronomy 7.
“For you are a holy people to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7“The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but because the LORD loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers, the LORD brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”