Amen to That
Do you say the word "Amen" at the end of a prayer because you know what you are saying, or because that is what everyone else does? Do you say "Amen" during a sermon because you agree with what is being said, or because it seems like that is what is supposed to be done when something profound is said?
The Hebrew definition of this interesting word is "verily, truly." When I say a prayer, am I just supposed to end with this word like it is a punctuation mark? It is a word of affirmation, that what is said is truth. The Lord often said the words "verily" or "truly" before teaching the people and the disciples. Everything He spoke was rock solid, and He wanted them to know that.
Something unique hit me the other day as I was sharing with someone how to get to the point of truly believing that God loves them...and somehow being able to love themselves. The Word says that God is love, and that He loves me. If I cling to the feeling that I am not loved, I am not agreeing with the Word. I am believing a lie of the enemy, and I am actually agreeing with Satan. It is like I am saying "Amen" to his lies. I must choose to consistently believe and profess that I agree with the Word, not just concerning being loved...but in everything that is written.
We sing the song as a child, "Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so." It seems so simple, because it is easy for a child to learn and sing. Yet its simplicity doesn't discount its truth. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, His Word is absolute truth. Whatever question we may have about the Lord and to the Lord can be answered in His Word. It is like when a child questions a parent, and the answer is "Because I said so." We can rest in the "Because I said so" of the Lord.
Who are you going to choose to agree with: The Lord and His Word...or the enemy and his lies? I choose to say Amen to the Word. But how can I agree with what I do not read consistently? The way to discount the enemy's lies is to be filled with the Truth. The way to recognize the lies is to know the Truth.
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away."
Amen to that.
Father, I want to make sure that I get into agreement with You and Your Word daily. I want to be so founded on Your Truth that I cannot be shaken. In Jesus' Name. Amen.