MISUNDERSTOOD WORD, Amen

hugh-taylor-birch-park_0348Amen is a commonly used, yet is often a misunderstood word.  In the Greek language, it is a word that has been used by Christians for nearly two thousand years.  Amen means sure or truly and is used as an expression of assured confidence.  It is a word imported from the Hebrew language and is unchanged in its use by the Church.  It is used in liturgical prayer, as well as in free-flowing prayer.  It is also used when you are in agreement with someone, such as when a statement or when someone is using a phrase that you relate to and want to make your own.     

In the Hebrew language, the word is aman, which means trustworthiness and faithfulness.  It is also used to acknowledge a truth, either in what God’s Word says or in what someone is saying.  In the case of God’s Word, it reflects an unwavering confidence in what He says.  It is also where we get the word Emunah, which means faithfulness.  Its linguistic root in Hebrew, the shoresh, comes from aman, which means to nourish and to make strong. 

For a most misunderstood word, it is also said to be one the best-known words in the entire human language.   

Today we will explore why Amen is so misunderstood and how it is the key to unlocking an intimate and more fulfilling relationship with Jesus, our Bridegroom.  

When we make God’s Word our own, we stand on a firm foundation.  Amen bridges the gap between the subjective mind through your sub-conscious mind from an objective mindset through your conscious mind.  In Romans 12:2, it reads, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  When we are in agreement with God’s Word personally, when we make His Word our own, we take on the mind of Christ.  In Philippians 2:5, it reads, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  In 1 Corinthians 2:16, it reads, For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he might instruct him?  But we have the mind of Christ.”  With our renewed mind, our subjective subconscious mind believes the instructions of Almighty God by making His Word our own and in turn bringing creative changes to our lives.    

In Isaiah 65:16, it reads, “The prophet calls God, the God of truth,” Strong’s H543 also translated, “the God of amon,  As we can see, this is a foundational attribute of God’s character giving us a new and very powerful understanding of how He works in and through our lives.  By foundational, we mean established.  In Isaiah 7:9, it reads, “If ye will not believe (aman) surely ye shall not be established (aman).”  This reveals how God establishes himself in our lives.  In the Epistle to the Hebrews 11:1, it reads that faith is substance Strong’s G5287, meaning confidence.  It is when we are in agreement with confident assurance, amen that we align ourselves with how God works.  In Hebrews 11:3, it reads, “Through faith, we understand that the worlds were  framed by the Word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”  In other words, we allow the Word to be made flesh in us by this unseen reality, which thereby allowing the living Word with all its promises and blessings to become flesh in our lives.  This most powerful linguistic word amen establishes every answered prayer and manifests His will in the awakening of our daily lives.  

Fr Leo

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