“The Word you know is the Word you can walk out.”
I heard this quote recently and thought it was great. I was ready to tweet it to the world. And then I thought, that’s’ not true. Many of us know a lot of Word, but our thinking does not reflect that we know the Word. Our lives do not mirror that we know the Word.
I think you’ll agree. Let’s test how much Word you know. See if you can fill in the blanks.
I can do __________ __________ through Christ who __________ me.
For I know the __________ I have for you;
The Lord is my __________ I shall not want.
Train up a __________ in the way he should go,
Be __________, and know that I am God
I came that you might have __________ and have it more __________.
So how’d you do? Assuming that you got at least 50% of them right, I have another question for you.
Does your life look like the answers?
Do you live like you can do all things in Him who strengthens you? Have you asked Him about the plans He has for you? Do you know – that you know – that you know He is the Good Shepard and He will provide for you?
I came that you might have LIFE and have it more ABUNDANTLY. John 10:10.
I love this scripture. I would say I know it. But does my life look like abundance is chasing me down? Of course, that depends on who you ask.
Is it possible that the author of the opening quote is using the word “know” as referenced in the Word? In the scriptures, to know someone referred to sexual intimacy. For example:
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. Genesis 4:1 KJV
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Matthew 1:25 KJV
If so, then the quote makes more sense.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
God wants us to know Him in an intimate way. To fall in love with Him. He wants to be our first thought in the morning and the last thought in the evening. He wants to be our hiding place. And in that hiding place we conceive the plans He has for us, giving birth to dreams and purpose.
I want to know Him.
So, I decided to do a word study on John 10:10 on what LIFE is, according to the Word and how to activate that understanding in my life that I may have it more abundantly.
This is Part 1 of the series I’m calling “Walk that Word”. I don’t know how many “parts” there will be, but you’re invited to take this journey with me. I’ve created a worksheet, WALK THAT WORD, Part 1, to assist us. Please feel free to share it, but definitely share with me your thoughts and experiences about the series and the challenges.
Here we go!
Part 1: LIFE : Life and death are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
The scripture says that we words we speak to others- about other, to our selves- about ourselves can either kill or give life. In effort to live an abundant life, we should start by looking at how we speak.
If you’ve ever heard an adult call a child stupid, then you were witness to the slow chipping away of that child’s soul. How many rags to riches stories have you read about it in which the now-rich person share a horrific story about how a whole family or a school system gave up on them, but then one person spoke into their lives? Our tongues, our words have started wars, killed marriages, destroyed reputations, trampled hopes and derailed destinies.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23
God says that we will have whatever we say. So whatever we want to have, we can say it and have it. Unfortunately, we often say what we don’t want to have.
For example, we say, “I’m so clumsy.” “You know I’m old…” “I’m not book smart.” I’m not good at….”. “It’s like I have holes in my pocket, I can’t keep money.”
And true enough, we experience the limitation, we see the lack, we feel the age- the pain. People even speak illnesses upon themselves.
“My mother, her sister and my sister all had breast cancer. I’ll probably get breast cancer, too.”
None of the men in my family live past 60.
Hard question for you—Are you killing yourself?
Our words can bring peace, reconciling nations and families. They can calm the wrath of a neighbor, colleague or ornery cashier. Your mouth can give hope to an ailing soul. Your mouth, your tongue can encourage and give purpose to the seemingly mundane tasks. Take my son as an example.
A few months ago, I asked Ron Anthony to clean the kitchen. He groaned the entire time. When I went to check his progress, I gushed over him for going above and beyond and mopping the floor. Now, you would have thought that Noah’s Ark just sailed off, but guess what? Those words of appreciation created a spirit of pride and achievement in him. And now, according to him, mopping the floor is his chore.
“. . . out of the abundance of the heart [the] mouth speaks” Luke 6:45
A critical heart produces a critical tongue. A self-righteous heart produces a judgmental tongue. A bitter heart produces an acerbic tongue. An ungrateful heart produces a grumbling tongue.
But a loving heart produces a gracious tongue. A faithful heart produces a truthful tongue. A peaceful heart produces a reconciling tongue. A trusting heart produces an encouraging tongue.
What’s in your heart?
You WILL have whatever you say, good or bad. So why not change what you say. Speak intentionally. Choose LIFE!
Now, here’s the worksheet I mentioned, WALK THAT WORD, Part 1. Would love for you to join me in my pursuit to know the Word, to know Him, to know life.