Taking It Deeper


They’ve made me feel like a prisoner
They’ve made me feel set free
They’ve made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king
They’ve lifted my heart to places I’ve never been
They’ve dragged me down back to where I began
Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart
Or put it out
Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
God, your voice is the only thing we need to hear
Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts
Or put it out
Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don’t want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
I want to speak Your love
Not just another noise
I want to be Your life
I want to be Your voice



Words - can they help heal?  A soccer ball kicked to the stomach made a little 8 year old boy come face to face with that.  Chris Haygert, this tuff little guy found himself knocked down for the count after a play.  Normally he wouldn’t have had a problem, but when he found himself staying down just a little too long, he ended up in a hospital where tests showed internal bleeding.  The blow from the ball ruptured a tumor on his liver which led to a diagnosis - liver cancer.

Chris’ dad lovingly took him by the hand and said these words:  “Chris, you’re in the competition of your life, but don’t give up”  That hand.  Those words.  The strength of a dad who walked and talked him through it kept Chris going.  Loss of hair.  Immense weakness.  A liver transplant.  A slow recovery with soccer practices where he could barely stand.  But still Chris, like a soccer ball was going to kick this.

Three years later, he’s on an elite team.  #1 in the nation.  And he got through it because of some words and some strength from a loving Father.

This link contains the story about Chris:  http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/10/02/11-year-old-regains-soccer-star-status-after-rare-liver-cancer/


  • If you ever bought a house you know the power of words.
  • It’s demonstrated when the realtor calls and says “I’m sorry but they accepted the other offer”
  • Or when they call and say “congratulations, homeowner!”
  • It only takes a few words to change your day.
  • And it only takes these eight words to change your life:
  • “Lord Jesus, I accept you into my heart.”


  • There’s one word that kids say when they’re young that can have multiple meanings:   That word is “Daddy.”
  • It can mean, “I need help” or “I’m hurt” or “where are you” or “you’re the best!”
  • As they get older, that word turns to “Dad” and it takes on even more meanings...like “dude, you’re so uncool” or “I can’t believe you won’t let me go to my friends house!”
  • One word.   Multiple emotional ways to say it.
  • God lets us use both “Dad” and “Daddy” when we talk to Him, and he accepts all the emotion, both good and bad, that comes with those words.
  • The main thing is, we need to keep using them.   We need to keep calling out to “Dad” or “Daddy”
  • It’s because when we stop praying that things get dicey.


  • We are like waddling ducks.
  • We waddle to work, we waddle to school, we waddle to church, we waddle back home.
  • God comes along and He says to us:   “Hey Ducks!   If you put your hope in me I will renew your strength. You will soar with wings like eagles; you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not be faint.”
  • Yet, do we listen to His words?
  • Or do we keep waddling through life when we could be flying?


  • Do you remember “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me?"
  • That’s physical thinking.   But we’re not just physical beings.   We have emotions, we have a spirit.
  • Words can definitely hurt those things.
  • When the words of this world beat you down, we have the words from God to build you up.
  • Words like:   Psalm 139:14 that says you are wonderfully made, and Jeremiah 29:11 that says God has a plan to prosper you.
  • Those words just barely scratch the surface.   Keep listening and you’ll get constant words to build you up.


  • School has always been a tough place when it comes to words.
  • It’s so easy for our kids to hear words like “you’re fat, you’re ugly, you’re stupid.”
  • I know a 7th grader who deals with that; you know what I saw on her facebook page?
  • “Turn your haters into motivators”
  • It’s a lesson I’m learning when I hear hateful words in my head.


  • A wise person once said “speak the truth, even if your voice shakes”
  • What do you feel God is calling you to say today?
  • For instance, If you’re finding yourself today thinking of a person who needs to hear the words “God loves you,” but it makes you nervous to approach them, then you’re probably on the right track.
  • Because it means you’ll have to rely on God to give you the right words.


  • Was your childhood filled with a lot of name calling?   Names that you weren’t happy to be called?
  • If those words still sting to this day, remember that you can get back at your tormentors by doing a little name calling yourself.
  • You can call the name of Jesus, and hear words from Him that say your worthy.
  • How worthy?   The Apostle Paul shows us the model for that when he says that Jesus came to save sinners, of whom he, Paul, was the worst.
  • No matter how much you've sinned, no matter how bad your life's been, you can take those words of Paul to heart and know that you’re worthy.

    Scripture References

    Psalm 119 is all about God’s word.   Here are three verses to get you started:

    Psalm 119:14-16  

    I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.


    Psalm 119:28

    My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.


    Psalm 119:41-43

    May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word.   Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.

    Your Own Experiences

    Here’s an exercise you can do with your family around the dinner table.   Ask each member what they need to hear to know that they are loved.   Spend the next day saying that to them,   Stretch that day out to a week or more.   Remind them that God is probably saying the same thing to them.


    Take a Wednesday and make it a “Worthy Wednesday” on air.   Take stories from callers about how they’ve been made to feel worthy.   Encourage other callers who need to feel that as well.


    Talk about a time when God’s Word strengthened you.

One Response so far.

  1. In a sermon on James 3, my pastor said, “Words can burn up what you’ve built up.”

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