Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God. Ecclesiastes 5:7
At the risk of shocking some tender-minded persons, I venture to list here a few words and phrases that to millions of evangelical Christians have no longer an identifiable content and are used merely as religious sounds without any relation to reality. They have meaning, and they are good and sacred words, but they have no meaning as used by the speaker and as heard by the listener in the average religious gathering.
Here they are: victory, heart and life, all out for God, to the glory of God, receive a blessing, conviction, faith, revival, consecration, the fullness of God, by the grace of God, on fire for God, born again, filled with the Spirit, hallelujah, accept Christ, the will of God, joy and peace, following the Lord — and there are scores of others.
We have reared a temple of religious words comfortably disassociated from reality. And we will soon stand before that just and gentle Monarch who told us that we should give an account of every idle word. God have mercy on us.
Do you find yourself hiding behind phrases and terms which sound spiritual but for you are empty of reality? Let's practice the presence of God and stand in awe of Him. Then all forms of religious pretense we will cast aside.
Expose to me, Father, those meaningless words I use. I want to know You and be real in life and word.