I came across this online. It's an amazing testament to a person's faith that they could and would write something of this nature while battling through her husband's cancer and having two children in the military in the thick of the Iraq war. To go through the things Kate has and to be able to still acknowledge our Lord's rights to lead and guide and embrace the desire to know Him personally and encourage others to as well. Such a blessing.
When you get a chance, visit Kate's website, leave a comment on at least one of her entries and encourage her in the faith. I've never meet her. I don't know her. I have no idea who she is or what she might be going through right now. But if you're taking the time to read through this entry, you're being blessed by "The Amen" through her, so stop by her site and thank her.
..."that you and I [and Kate] may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." ~Romans 1:12
- For the sake of accuracy. I added John 1:12-14; 4:14; 14:6; Isaiah 55:1. On occasion, you'll also notice something written in italics. In those instances, I changed something or reworded something to make it possible to reach out to more than Kate's initial target audience or enhance a point Kate was already trying to make.
I can remember my mother telling me when I was growing up, “Just wait until your father gets home! He will have the final word in this matter.” My Dad was the head of our household and when he said something, that was it!
This title for Christ as the Amen is quite appropriate. I can see Him having the final word in all matters. He has the final word in all matters. He is the final Word. He is the Creator of all things and, therefore, it's appropriate that He's known as and is the Amen!
"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." ~John 1:1-3
"Yet to all who received [receive] Him, to those who believed [believe] in His name [Jesus Christ], He gave the right to become children of God [and saved them from their sin unto salvation by His death on the Cross and His Resurrection], children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or another's will, but born of God. The Word [our Lord Jesus Christ] became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." ~John 1:12-14
It's good and just that our Creator has the say as it relates to our lives, how we live our lives and what we do with His Word. Paul goes over this in Acts 17:27-28.
The Lord has left us His Word to teach us and guide us. With His Word, we can be faithful servants and can fully use the talents He has given to us (Matthew 25:14-30). Christ’s words to us are a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). He does not wish for us to fall off a cliff or be deceived (2 Peter 3:9).
The path to salvation is not one that can be easily seen. It is one that has to be sought. Many will think they are on the right path because their church says they are or because it “feels right” but Jesus said that the way to heaven is a narrow path. Jesus said that many will seek to enter and won’t be able to! He has the final say – not the catholic church, not a denomination, not a priest, not a pastor – but the Amen will have the final say.
"Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." ~Luke 13:24
Jesus answered [answers], "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ~John 14:6
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. Without the way there is no going; without the truth there is no knowing; without the life there is no living. I am the way which thou shouldst pursue; the truth which thou shouldst believe; the life which thou shouldst hope for." Thomas a Kempis, "Imitation of Christ," iii., 56.
..."if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God [the Father] raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD [Jesus - The Amen] WILL BE SAVED.” ~Romans 10:9-13
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines the word Amen as: dependable, faithful, certain.
..."These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness"... ~Revelation3:14-15
This word, with slight differences or orthography, is in all the dialects of the Assyrian stock. As a verb, it signifies to confirm, establish, verify; to trust, or give confidence; as a noun, truth, firmness, trust, confidence; as an adjective, firm, stable. In English, after the oriental manner, it is used at the beginning, but more generally at the end of declarations and prayers, in the sense of - be it firm, be it established.
And let all the people say amen. Psalm 104.
The word is used also as a noun.
And let all the people say amen. Psalm 104.
The word is used also as a noun.
“All the promises of God are yes and amen [firm, stable, constant] in Christ.” ~1 Corinthians 1:20
Jesus is dependable, faithful, certain, firm, and stable! What wonderful attributes to be given to the Lord! Our Rock and Chief Cornerstone is faithful and will have the final word in all things. His Word will be fulfilled to the tiniest jot and tittle!
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." ~Matthew 5:18
Paul warned the Romans about those who would try to twist God’s Word and would try to preach a lie. Every known major religion today is based on a written word of some kind. They have taken doctrine(s) and formed an entire religion based on that doctrine. Changing God’s Word will surely bring judgment.
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." ~Romans 1:25
Jesus will have the final word. What have we done with His Word today? Have we followed it? Have we given the responsibility of reading and interpreting the Word to others? There are religions that would have their members believe that they cannot interpret the Word of God for themselves because they do not have the ability to do so. The Apostle Peter stated otherwise:"Which some professing have erred concerning the faith"… ~1 Timothy 6:21a
Why would Peter state that interpreting God’s Word was not privy to any one person? Noah Webster’s definition of private is:"We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." ~2 Peter 1:19-20
PRI’VATE, a. [L. privatus, from privo, to bereave, properly to strip or separate; privus, singular, several, peculiar to one's self, that is, separate; rapio, diripio, eripio; privo for perivo or berivo.]
Therefore, Peter was of the belief that anyone could read God’s Word and understand it. Why should the common man or woman not have the awesome privilege of reading and understanding God’s Holy Word? Why should anyone be deprived of the living water that will quench their thirst?1. Properly, separate; unconnected with others; hence, peculiar to one’s self; belonging to or concerning an individual only; as a man’s private opinion, business or concerns; private property; the king’s private purse; a man’s private expenses. Charge the money to my private account in the company’s books.
..."whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life." ~John 4:14
"Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink, even if you have no money! Come, eat. ... It's all free!" ~Isaiah 55:1
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wants to speak to us through His Word so that we can come to know [Him] the Amen intimately.