The Promise of AMEN

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Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 21

I’ll admit it, I can be bossy sometimes. I like people to see my side of things and to tell them what to do. (I think this is why I am a teacher!) However bossy as I want to be, we know that the way to eternal joy is through endless faith.

The way to eternal joy is through endless faith.

In 2 Corinthians 1 Paul is speaking to the church of Corinth about why he had not returned for the third time as promised. He is challenging them to behave like the people that God has called them to be and gives several reasons and examples from his own life to demonstrate this.

But notice how in 2 Corinthians 1:24 (NLT) he says that he will not tell them exactly what they need to do, instead they need to rely on faith.

But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.

By your own faith that you will stand firm. We know in Hebrews it also says:

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19

I think it is important to mention that faithfulness, the act of becoming more faithful is a process that is different for each person. We are all created uniquely (yes in the image of God but still so wonderfully different) and that our uniqueness is the marker of our faithfulness.

A few lines about verse 24 in 2 Corinthians 1, Paul is explaining why he changed his plans and did not come as he promised. He says something interesting here about “The people of the world”.

Do you think I am like people of the world who say “Yes” when they really mean “No”?

Ok I am definitely guilty of this at times, saying “yes” when I really mean “no”.

18 As surely as God is faithful, our word to you does not waver between “Yes” and “No.”19 For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, does not waver between “Yes” and “No.” He is the one whom Silas,[f] Timothy, and I preached to you, and as God’s ultimate “Yes,” he always does what he says. 20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!”

Through Jesus we get our “yes” from God. This is not a YES as in “you will get everything you ask for”, but a YES as in He will always do what He says. Jesus proves that God’s promises are true.

And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

Whoa! Can we talk about what AMEN means just for a minute? I don’t know about you but I have been saying “amen” at the end of my prayers since I was a little girl. Let’s back up and look at that again.

And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

So Amen means “so be it” It can also be translated to mean firm,steady and trustworthy. This means that when we say Amen at the end of prayers not because it is a meaningless send off, but a meaningful promise.We use it at the end of prayers. It shows that we agree with them. We are sure that God will answer them. In this way, we give glory to God.

Amen is not a meaningless send off, but a meaning-FILLED promise.

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By this we are sure God will answer them, assurance and faithfulness give glory to God.

How do we know God is faithful?

It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

The Holy Spirit is the deposit He made in us. God gives us the Holy Spirit to show that we belong to him. One day we will share the glory of heaven if we stand firm in Christ.

Oh it’s so good today friends, soak it in!

Daily Challenge:

Today is about “Amen”. Every prayer you pray today, focus on what the meaning behind AMEN is. What does it mean to finish a prayer with the phrase that says “So be it”? These aren’t weak prayers, but strong prayers in faith that what we pray will be done because we trust the power of Holy Spirit in us and we trust God for giving us that power to show His love for us.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, thank you for this reminder, this sweet reminder of your love and faithfulness. Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit in us, help us to use this gift more and more. Let us die to ourselves so that we may live for you! Thank you for these wonderful reader, who I consider great friends of mine, help them to continue down the path of exploring and receiving your faithfulness. We can be certain of the promises you made through your son, Jesus and we hold those promises as our anchor, never losing sight of greater goal of eternal joy. WE love you, honor and praise you and we ask these things in your Holy name, knowing that what we say you hear and you are oh so faithful and trustworthy Father, AMEN!!!! (I smiled so big right there, how about you?)

What other prayers do you need to prayer and pay special attention to Amen?

 

 

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  1. Pingback: Fruit of Faithfulness :Week 3 RECAP | Stephanie Miller, Personal and Spiritual Growth Coach

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