Posted by: zenmamajo | February 15, 2011

“God Spoke to Me…” (Deciphering Common Christian Sayings)

have you ever heard “christianese” and wondered “what in the world is he talking about???” but were afraid to ask? well – you’re in luck! i’ve put together a little list of common christian expressions that will hopefully unlock some of those mysterious sayings. oh and you’re not alone in all this – i’m a christian and i wonder the same thing sometimes…i’m not a theologian, i just read the Bible – totally check out the verses i list and see for yourself what the Bible says…

alright – here goes – i’ll do my best to behave and give (mostly) honest answers…

“God is awesome!” – this is not surfer speak (e.g. “Awesome, Dude!”), but means inspiring, amazing, incredible to behold.

“God spoke to me” – *most* people are do not mean they heard God audibly. at least the ones i’ve spoken too…not to say that God cannot audibly speak to people – but most people generally mean they have an intense conviction to believe or do something based (key word) on what the Bible says and/or through praying to God.

“I felt God telling me…” – similar to “God spoke to me”. There is an intense conviction to lean towards a decision or belief based on what the Bible says and/or through praying.

“I felt God’s hand of protection” – feeling of peace, assuredness, despite a trying time. the person knows more trials may lay ahead but they believe God will aid them during those times (does not necessarily mean they will not suffer or experience sorrow).

“God’s Hedge of protection” – same as “feeling God’s hand of protection”.

“The Lord is leading me to…” – feeling compelled to make a particular change or decision. not simply a ‘gut feeling’ – more of a strong conviction based on Bible reading, prayer and receiving counsel from trusted sources.

“Jesus saves” – referencing the Bible which states: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His One and Only son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son in to the world to condem the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17). Save them from what? The answer is: sin.

“Sin” – the entire message of the Bible is about how “sin” (which led to man’s separation from God) entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God at the beginning of time (Garden of Eden), separating us from God and how Jesus was born, died on the cross, then rose from the dead and offers and offers to save us from our sins so that we may be reconciled with God – *phew* . “Sin” is something in our hearts that propels us to do what is wrong – it’s why none of us can go a day without committing some offense to someone (ourselves or those around us). The Bible states that “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

“This is my testimony” – every Christian has a story (“testimony”) of why and when they decided to start serving God (although some of us don’t have exact dates). or it can be a story (“testimony”) of how God helped them to overcome some trial in their life.

“Praise God!” – Thank-you, God!

“Speak a Word to me” – said after someone quotes Bible verse or story or is requesting someone to share a Bible verse or story.

“I’ll pray for you…” – person is promising to Thank God for you, your situation and/or seek His mercy for you or your situation. Then again…some people say this as a way to say “I’m sorry to hear about your troubles” and do nothing at all…no prayer…just sympathy…

“The Word” – the Bible.

“Christianity is about a relationship with God not religion…” – throughout the Bible people are shown to engage in a relationship with God – just like we would with friends. When we call someone a friend, we enjoy getting to know them (same as reading the Bible to understand God) and we enjoy spending time with them (prayer), apologizing when we’ve offended them (repentance), showing them appreciation (praise), seeking their counsel (asking God for aid). Everyone’s experience or relationship with Him is different. “Religion” requires performing various tasks to meet religious requirements. Sometimes that requires believing certain things or taking certain classes or a number of other things.

Having a relationship is really, really simple. It’s simply acknowledging ours inadequacies (sins), apologizing for them – believing Jesus died on the Cross, was raised again and that we are ready to follow Him. That’s it! Then it’s simply about geting to know Him through the Bible and praying. The greatest part is God is willing to accept anyone and everyone in to His family! We don’t have to stop certain behaviors or ‘get right’ (whatever that means…) first…i know for me, i found that once i started reading the Bible seriously and trusting Him with different areas of my life, that certain things that i once enjoyed were no longer enjoyable or things i thought i’d never do were suddenly exciting!

this is just the surface of christian-speak – but it’s enough to join in – if you’re still not sure what to say – the best ‘back-pocket phrase’ is always: Praise God!

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