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13 August 2011

WORDS Affect Identity – pt. 3

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
Post 3 of 9

Words can affect your identity, yet some people might dismiss or neglect its influence.  Some choose to be surrounded by negative words.  It is important to surround yourself with words that will affect your identity in a positive way; even the music you listen to affects your identity.  Lyrics are written to move you, emotionally, so they are written with the intent to affect you and influence your mood.  Example: most likely, you will not listen to yodeling while working out—unless, of course, yodeling pumps you up.  Music has an effect on every one of us and lyrics lay the framework.  So, you have to ask yourself:  Is this creating a desire that will make me do something unhealthy in my relationship with Jesus?  Do these lyrics affect my identity in a negative or positive way?  Words (lyrics) will affect your identity. 
There are some songs I wish I could erase from my memory.  Some of those words (lyrics) are attached with horrible memories, because they influenced an identity which caused a lot of heartache for me and others around me.  I became what I listened to, mostly because I turned up the volume on songs and turned down the volume on God’s voice. 

David, in the Bible, was surrounded by some pretty discouraging voices, too.  Unlike music, he didn’t choose to be around these voices—these words.  Early on, those negative words were from his family.  I believe the negative words spoken to him served as a catalyst to overcome its intent to destroy him and make him feel insignificant.  I believe David relied heavily on the positive words from God rather than the words of others, especially from his family.

Remember, David was forgotten, not invited by his own father, when an influential man named Samuel came with the intent on choosing the next king for Israel.  David’s dad, Jesse, didn’t think David was good enough, but God saw David’s value, even when his own father didn’t.  God spoke to Samuel to ask if there was another son.  Samuel asked Jesse and Jesse sent for David who was back home working with sheep.  David seemed to be more a bother and an inconvenience than a likely candidate for king.  To his father, David was not significant.  I believe David’s older brother thought that too.  1 Samuel 17: 28, “Now Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, ‘Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?’”