Most of the ideas, terminologies and principles that guide our existence evolved by virtue of man’s first act of disobedience in the Garden of Eden.
He lost his dominion over the creation and fell short of God’s glory.
Thus, words like fear, shame, guilt, impossibility and other negative expressions entered into man’s dictionary. Take fear for example, the first time Adam and Eve expressed the feeling of fear was when they heard God’s voice and hid from Him for they were naked. It is from that fear that kept them from God’s presence in the garden, that every other kinds of fear flowed.
Take note that the idea of being naked was principally a symptom of their guilt and shame and not about their lack of Louis Vuitton or D&G designer clothes.
So, fear, guilt, shame and other negative ideas were not in God’s original plan for our lives and if we have appropriated the finished work of Jesus unto our lives by faith in Him, then, we must update our dictionary. We must expunge those ideas that are contrary to the life of the Kingdom from our dictionaries!
Someone said it is our heart not the dictionary that gives meaning to our words. I agree. The quality of our existence and our ability to manifest the Kingdom Life are determined by how updated our life’s dictionaries are. It is not enough to give our lives to Christ, we must grow into all that God planned for us to become.
We must continually align our lives with our identity as declared in the Scriptures and in the light of the finished work of Christ. This is what it means that as we behold the word of liberty, we are being transformed from glory to glory. As we read, study, meditate and confess God’s Word, our dictionaries are being updated and we are able to live the life of dominion God originally planned for us.
There’s an old story of a boy who stood on a sidewalk, waiting on a bus. A man walking by spotted the boy, and gave him some gentle instruction. “Son,” he said, “if you’re waiting on the bus, you need to move to the street corner. That’s where the bus stops for passengers.”
“It’s OK,” said the boy. “I’ll just wait right here, and the bus will stop for me.”
The man repeated his argument, but the boy never moved. Just then, the bus appeared. Amazingly, the bus pulled over to where the boy stood, and the child hopped on. The man on the sidewalk stood speechless. The boy turned around in the doorway and said, “Mister, I knew the bus would stop here, because the bus driver is my dad!”
When we enter into God’s family through our faith in Christ, we begin to enjoy the power and splendour of the Kingdom. But our enjoyment can be limited by the ideas from our unupdated dictionaries. When we deliberarely update our dictionaries, we will know we don’t have to stand at the bus stop to get the bus to wait for us. We have a direct link to the driver!