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Monday, January 8th, '18

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PUNCTUATED LIVING

"...And let all the people say, Amen" (Psalm, 106:48)

 

Is it just a little postscript, an announcement that a long boring prayer is finished, or is there power in an "Amen"? Jesus is called the "Amen" (Revelation 3:14). His whole personality shouts, "So be it!" His was living punctuation, an exclamation point rather than a question mark. Amen declares its confidence in the Lord's promises. Paul declared that "all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God..." (2 Corinthians 1:20) Whatever the Bible claims we can say "amen" to it. Someone mused, "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it!" Catchy phrase, but God said it and that settles it. There is no room for vacillation or doubt. We need to get the "Amen Corner" out of the corner and start adding our stamp to what "thus saith the Lord". Amen signs for the divine Fed-Ex package and takes what is rightfully ours.

 

We say "amen" for closure. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen" (Matthew 6:13). Amen is the relinquishment of our hold on a situation that turns it over to the capable hands of God. I say "amen" to your affirmation and you may reciprocate for mine. Paul taught that I am to "say 'Amen' at your giving of thanks..." (1 Corinthians 14:16) That becomes double punctuated living, or should I say, "punch"-uation? Nothing punches the devil like a hardy "amen"!

 

Throughout the Gospels we hear Jesus say "verily, verily, I say unto you..." The Greek word for "verily" is, guess what, "Amen". Literally then, He was saying over and over, "Amen, amen, I say unto you..." Twenty-four times the Voice of the Verilies verified His sure word, saying, "Amen, amen..." Consider what that means. Jesus announced "amen" before He even uttered a statement. That means the word was established before it was spoken. Jesus never waited to punctuate a statement by adding, "So be it", at the end. His faith was so concrete that he declared the work done the moment it issued from His lips.

 

Oh if we could grasp the weight of that! Instead of living on the let's wait and see side of history, we ought to be affirming God's word and punctuating every promise with resounding "amens" the moment we read them. Does God heal today? The answer is...you got it..."Amen!" But perfect faith flips the synapse of the word structure placing the "amen" before the question is ever asked. If we take God's word at face value, which is all the value heaven has to offer, we can rightly certify the Bible every time we go to open its pages. "He that has received his testimony has set to his seal that God is true" (John 3:33). Have you stamped your seal to the cover of God's Word? Do you back its every claim? Like the preacher asked, "Can ya say, Amen"? Some are quicker to say, "Oh me" than "Amen", but until we start punctuating our prayers with periods where the Bible critics put commas, and exclamation points where they place question marks, we will never be as solid as we could be. The last word in the Bible is not, "do you suppose" or "to be continued" or "time will tell". The last word in the Bible needs to become the first word in our talk of faith because it underscores and punctuates all that we believe, and that word is, "Amen".


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