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Friday, May 13, 2022

Think About It

Ask Anything
B.J. Knefley

Words, words, words, sometimes I wish there were no such thing. Why? Simply because words can be so easily misunderstood, misused, misapplied, and misinterpreted. How many words can you identify that have been changed in their meaning during your lifetime. I can name a few.

Serious problems can develop as the result of words. Yet they are a necessary part of our life. We send and receive information with words. Sometimes it isn’t the words that get us in trouble, but rather how we say them. Additionally, our family of origin and life experiences affect how we interpret words. This morning my wife asked a question about tacks. I asked if she meant push pins. It turned out that we both were talking about the same thing but using different terms.

Jesus said in John 14:13 that we could ask anything in his name, and it would be granted to us. Yet how many have done this and not received what we were asking for? Did Jesus lie, or could it be that we’ve misunderstood what he was saying and therefore applied it incorrectly? Have we used this verse as a formula for prayer? If I add “in Jesus’ name” to the end of any prayer, should I then expect a favorable answer?

Paul asked for deliverance from something that he was suffering from. Did he receive deliverance? No, in fact he asked three times and received the same answer three times, “My grace is sufficient and my strengthen is made perfect in your weakness”. Paul didn’t get the answer he was looking for, but he did get an answer.

Maybe we need to dig deeper into what it means “In Jesus Name”. Perhaps it’s related to his character and within the scope of who he was and is. If you’re not sure what that might look like, then look at his model of prayer that we commonly call the “Our Father”. It demonstrates much of what we would be asking for. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

Ah, He's at it again. The Gospel according to B.J. And once again he provides this sinner with his words of hope and prayer, in addition to a tad bit of confusion. But, with all that said, I think, "Think About It" is definitely an exceptionally fine example of religious word crafting. And I hope someday that the good Pastor and I cross paths.
Thank You Bernie,
Be well.

Anonymous said...

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."
John 1:1-5

Anonymous said...

502: Austin 3:16 is the word.