The More I Wanna Say, the Less I Say

Does that sound weird? Cause it definitely feels weird!

See, I live for opportunities to get in the Word. And oftentimes I’ll put it off until I have plenty of time because I’m one of those that has to have my Bible, and my highlighter, and my notebook, and my Strong’s concordance, and… well, you get the picture.

I have to dissect everything and follow all the footnotes. I always go back and forth, from the Old Testament to the New Testament (even though some people think the Old Testament is useless these days). And don’t even get me started about checking Strong’s and then finding a million other verses to go to that have the same word, though it’s translated as something different. It’s so intriguing to me! I have to find out more!

Those closest to me know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE to talk about Jesus, and the Bible, and prayer. And I know that once I get started, I can head down rabbit holes that seem waaaaaaay over my head. I talk too fast, get too excited, and might mention things that I think the other person should already know about and understand, even if they don’t.

So…

Many times, when I have the most to say, I wind up not saying anything. I worry that I come off too strong or too vehement. I worry that I might not make myself clear, and the LAST THING I wanna do is misrepresent my Jesus!! God FORBID that I would ever lead anyone astray because I was too heavy on the proverbial gas pedal!

I was thinking about all of this the other day while reading the 16th chapter of John and I came across a verse that suddenly felt as if Jesus was talking directly to me!

I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. (John 16:12)

Wow, right?!

It makes sense, too. There is SO MUCH in the word to understand, and chew on, and digest, that there’s just no way we could take it all in one fell swoop. It would likely demolish us from the inside out!

I think that’s why it’s so hard to talk with someone who doesn’t share the same bone-marrow-piercing desire to know the Truth that I have in myself. That I’ve spent years studying on and noting and diligently cross-referencing to make sure it the Truth, the Whole Truth, and nothing BUT the Truth.

That’s so important to me.

But you can’t give the entire doctrine to ANYONE all at once.

It’s just not possible.

For one thing, there are too many layers to uncover in one sitting. For another, some people just flat don’t WANT the Truth. And for yet another, even if they DO want the truth, we know that the god of this world blinds the eyes of the lost, so that they don’t see the same thing we see, nor do they hear the same things we hear.

I would love to write a book at some point. I don’t know that I would ever have the time, but I can imagine each chapter being a well thought out section devoted to different aspects of the Truth. Things I want to say SO BADLY to anyone who will listen. I mean, really listen. I mean… when you find the very best of something, isn’t it human nature to want to share it and bring those closest to you in on the amazing find?

Well, that’s how it is with this Truth! It’s so important to me, and it’s important to everyone else, too, whether they know it or not. The problem is, when I get started, I can never find a good stopping place. Then I say one thing, wind up trying to explain that, and never make it to the endpoint I had in mind when the conversation started in the first place!

Needless to say, it’s something I’m working on! I have no other choice! I really do want to get to a place where I can share this Gospel with everyone, regardless of their background or current status, and in a way that doesn’t leave them feeling like they’ve been on the inside of a blender!

Lord Jesus, You know my heart!

21 Comments

  1. Good morning, Stacy! Totally relatable. Love it! Keep writing that book.💓

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      Good morning, my dear friend! I’m glad it made sense 🙂 And thank you for the encouragement… I WILL keep writing!

      1. How can you not read the OT? Even Jesus did. 💓

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          I know, right?? Jesus also said that He didn’t come to destroy the Law (which is really what the OT was considered in Jesus’ day) but to FULFILL it, praise God! Why, if we neglected the OT, we’d lose the ten commandments, creation, and all of the Psalms! Praise God, we don’t have to turn away from those old Scriptures! 🙂

          1. Exactly, Stacy. We lose the history of the OT and the understanding why Jesus came and for whom.

            I’m trying to understand John 10:34 Jesus referring to Psalm 82 “Ye are gods” maybe you can help shed some light on this? 🙂

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            Amen, and more so than history! As we are grafted into not only the “vine” but also into the Abrahamic promises 🙂 Story for another time, praise Jesus.

            As to the “ye are Gods”… SHEW…this is quite the topic lol. I could do an entire study on my notes from these passages alone. But to be brief, I’ll start by saying the Hebrew and Greek languages, from which the New Testaments were translated, often have more than one meaning for a word. Like, certain words in the English language. Like the word “wind” for instance. It can mean a breeze that blows from one place to another, but it can also mean to wrap something over and over. The same is true in the ancient languages.

            In Psalm 82 verse 1, the word “gods” comes from the Hebrew word, ‘elohiym, which can mean “God”, “angels”, and “judges and rulers”. As with the English language, it is the context clues that let us know which definition to use, and in this one, we can safely assume it is the judges and rulers, and possibly even angels def. that is being spoken of. For instance, Psalm 86:8 says, “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.” We know that this is likely a reference to the gods of the day, the Egyptian gods, and so forth.

            Then there are context clues in Scriptures like Habakkuk 1:11 that show it to refer to those who trust in their own strengths, as if they believe they are their own gods: “Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing his his power unto his god.”

            In John 10, Jesus uses a word for “god” which is translated from the Greek, “theos”. As with the Hebrew word, the definitions are multiple, and can mean “God”, “references to God”, or “representatives of god.” I believe Jesus was referring them to their own law, so as to make use of the word, and let them draw their own conclusions, much the same as how he always spoke in parables (also a story for another day lol).

            Paul reminds us that we are to study diligently and “rightly divide” the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15), and I think this is a big part of it. It’s hard! It takes effort and prayer and revelation, but He is faithful and just to answer prayers things like that.

            I hope that I didn’t make things more confusing by trying to explain my beliefs here 🙂 I greatly enjoy studying the hard things, and pray that if I ever judge wrongly in the meaning of things, that Jesus would slap me right up side the head with it, LOL!! I do not want to be wrong when it comes to our Lord!!

          3. Thank you so much for this Stacy! Awesome! No not more confusing at all—in fact you’ve given me more to study. I appreciate you taking the time to explain this. It is quite a topic, I’m going to reread this and think some more on it and ask you more questions if that’s ok?

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            Praise God, Sis, that is TOTALLY okay 🙂 Now I can get a head start on praying up and asking the Lord for revelation or remembrance, whichever the case may be, LOL! Thank you! This is my life’s blood, to study the Word, and going deeper is such a joy!! <3

          5. Glad to meet you, Stacy. Going deeper is a joy for me too💓

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            Awesome! I look so forward to studying with you, Sis! 🙂 <3

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      Thank you, Lindsey! It sure is burning in my heart! Guess that’s a good sign huh, lol?

  2. I absolutely love this! Not weird at all, Stacey. I find myself in the same boat at times, struggling with words I should speak.

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      Thank you, Sis <3 I guess we are all like that at times. The enemy tries to cut us off at the knees before we ever get the chance to speak Jesus' Word. But praise God, we have a REPORT!! WOOHOO!!

  3. I can so relate Stacey! Often times I have to pull myself back and treat each person as a new believer still drinking milk instead of taking a bite out of the meat. Even a Christian of thirty years may not have the same knowledge of Scripture as we are each on our own journey of faith.

    Often times less is better I have found. Plant the seeds first.

    Hey, I would buy your book😊

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      Lol, well if I get it written, I’ll make sure you know about it!! 🙂

      Yes, you’re so right! Years do not equal understanding, as I have found out time and again. This is great advice…less is better. Truly! Thanks!

  4. You’re welcome. It has helped me a lot, especially at work. We have several new Christians so I have to be mindful and not overload them,.

    I pray it helps you reach others as well😊

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