Jim Hockaday 11-1-11
Hebrews 11:3 NLT…By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
I want to reveal to you the importance of words. Words are containers of feelings and emotions. They have the ability to convey thoughts, imaginations and purpose. So as important as the word is itself, the meaning behind the word is even more important. In fact if you think about it, the world has twisted words and their meaning for centuries. Our society freely uses words interchangeably applying various meanings to them. Often the meaning changes by the way a word is used and over time even the word is no longer the same. Think about this for a moment and see if you can think of a word that has double meaning.
As indicates, God created the world with words or His command. He made that which is invisible come alive the power in His command. Look with me at Genesis 1:3, “And God said, Let there be light.” If you took this literally you might think that God walked over and turned a switch on and the whole universe came alive. If we try the words themselves we will miss the meaning and intent of God’s heart. The words you see in this verse are just the wrapper to the purpose that God had planned a long time ago. If God had chosen another phrase to use in verse three, the end result would have been the same.
I want you to see this truth explained another way. The intent of God is the feeling of His Spirit. Everything that God does has feeling, intent, emotion or purpose. For instance: In Mark 4:24 Jesus said, “Take heed what you hear.” If the listener must take heed what he hears, then the one talking must take heed what he says. This is content; the content of the message or of the words themselves. Now in Luke 8:18 Jesus says, “Take heed how you hear.” Again, if the listener must take heed how he hears, then the one talking must take heed how he speaks. This is intent or meaning. Not just the words themselves but the meaning behind the words. When David said that, “Thy words have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” The actual words or phrases were used as containers to encompass the feelings, emotions and strength of God.
How does all this apply to the spirit realm? Like all the other writings on this website, there is a central theme to reveal the distortions of this world and therefore its ability to distract and minimize your involvement with Jesus. In all the Christian circles I have been involved with, words and their meaning have been largely misunderstood. That is why someone can pray a prayer that sounds so eloquent, where all the words are perfectly articulated and the voice used to express them is so professional – yet the prayer doesn’t work. Have we become so paranoid over words that we miss the importance behind the words? This is one of the reasons why our prayer life is limited. In a world where words have double meaning, they have been rearranged to a point of compromise and ruin. We must allow the feeling and emotion of God’s word to move us to victory. Don’t be content to memorize a phrase from the Word that has no impact on your heart. The word of God with its true meaning must move you and inspire you where there is nothing else that makes sense.