Truth, Is My Word For 2019…What’s Your Word?

by Yvonne Chase on January 2, 2019

A Very Important Question
Do you have a word for 2019? Did you have one for 2018? I’ve never chosen a word for the year until this year. Actually, I didn’t choose it, it came to me early one morning as I rolled over reflecting on a conversation I had with my brother from another mother. Ray, if you’re reading this, thank you for asking me a very important question.

Get To Know And Be Known
We were talking one day about my quest to possibly find a new church. Now, my reasons for seeking out a new church are many; my church is large; it’s a lost in the crowd kind of church. There are three services every Sunday, a large prayer meeting every Tuesday and other meetings throughout the week. I prefer a smaller church where I can get to know and be known in a more personal way. In addition, the bigger the church, the greater the politics, favoritism, and cliques; all things that grate my last nerve. Lastly, this incident really left a bad taste in my mouth and I’d just about had enough!

What’s Most Important To You?
As I talked to Ray, he asked me a very important question; “What’s most important to you?” My answer without even batting an eye or having to think about it was truth; hearing the true word of God. The thing I love the most about my church above anything else is the way my pastor teaches and delivers the Word. There is no way you can sit in my church and not be changed. Every message confronts, challenges and changes you. It’s so powerful that I’ve seen people leave because they simply cannot handle it and are not ready to receive it. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit rest heavy in that place.

A Lying Tongue
Proverbs 6:17-20 talks about six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him; “17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”


A Bicycle Or A Bentley
The other thing I like about my pastor is I don’t know if he travels to church on a bicycle or in a Bentley. I don’t know if he lives in a two-room shack or a twenty room mansion. Nor do I know this about any of the associate pastors or visiting pastors that teach when he’s absent. Why is that important to me? Because unfortunately and especially today, messages are about how great the pastor is and not how great Jesus is. Messages are about what you can get from God instead of how God wants to change us to be more like him.

Takes It Very Seriously
Thankfully, every word points me to the Jesus, the cross, salvation, the power of the Holy Spirit and a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I want to read my Bible more. Drawing closer to God daily is a priority. Confronting sin in my life is a must. That is the standard my pastor has set for his flock and he takes it very seriously. 

A Cool Place To Hang Out
I’m reminded of a conversation I had with a colleague about his church. He told me he goes to church to hang out. Yes, you read that right; hang out. He continued with, “I can invite anyone to my church because I don’t have to worry about my pastor being judgmental or saying anything offensive. It’s a cool place to go and see my friends then continue on with my day.” While I was mortified by every word, I was thrilled by his boldness to tell his truth. 

It Was A Good Time
He’s 100% spot on about his church, it is a cool place to hang out and meet cool people. I know because I attended for a season. One of the things I liked about his church was the social aspect of it; the small Bible classes and the food and fellowship following each service plus the people were really nice. I don’t know that I’ve ever met nicer people at a church. It was easy to show yourself friendly and to make friends but the word, the food for my soul, the food that matters most wasn’t solid. I’d leave his church not remembering a word the pastor preached, however, I remembered the food whether it was good or bad and the bellyaching laughs and great conversations at the table with friends. It was a good time indeed.

Oscar Award Winning Worthy Rage
Truth, even if it doesn’t resonate with me is all I want to hear. Truth turns me on. Lies turn me off to the point that I cannot be around you especially if you lie on me. Oscar Award-winning worthy rage spills out of me when that happens and that’s not a sight you ever want to see.

Identify A Lie
Truth is hard to find these days.  As hard to find as a needle in a haystack. We are living in a world of lies, lies and more lies. Here’s the irony of it all, without truth, you can’t identify a lie and that’s why it’s so important. So, as I start 2019, I start it from a place of truth. Living the truth, speaking the truth in love and being open to receive the truth. 

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Something to think about…

What say you? Do you have a word for 2019? How did it become your word? What most important to you as you begin 2019? 

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Lesley January 2, 2019

I was interested to read your post as Truth is my word for 2019 as well! It will be interesting to see what we both learn this year as we focus on it.

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Laurie January 2, 2019

2019 is the first year I have had a word. Mine is “balance”. I didn’t choose it – it chose me. Looking forward to reading about your truth this year.

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Debbie Kitterman January 2, 2019

Yvonne – Truth is a powerful word and such a good one word for the year too. Yes, I have chosen one words in years past, well, just since 2016 really. My first word was: Advance and that was the year I got my book deal. 2017 was dwell, and last year my one word was Vision. I am still narrowing down my one word for this year, and hope to share it next week on the linkup. However, tomorrow I am releasing a prophetic word on the linkup pertaining to 2019.

PS.: if you are looking for another place to link to on Thursday’s I would love if you would consider joining my linkup #TuneInThursday – it opens Thursday 3 am PST and runs through Sunday night. You can find it at debbiekitterman.com/blog

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April January 3, 2019

Speaking truth, hearing truth, running to truth in God’s word, these are the essentials. You’re absolutely right about that!! Great thoughts and very clearly conveyed why truth is your word.

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Rachel Lee January 3, 2019

What a great word! I think the best words aren’t necessarily chosen, but they find us! That’s been my experience, anyway.
You are absolutely right.. if we don’t know the truth, we won’t be able to identify a lie. Truth is SO important!
If you continue your quest to find a new church, know that I am praying for you. May God guide you to the place He has specifically for you in mind.
Blessings in the New Year!

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Marva | SunSparkleShine January 4, 2019

You’re right, Yvonne, truth is so important and is the bedrock on which we stand. I found my word for the year while I was reviewing 2018 and the lessons God taught me. He never fails to show up in amazing ways.
Blessings to you as you seek out Truth this year.

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Rebecca Jones January 11, 2019

Grace to start, but I need more than one, without truth you cannot discern lies, good word.

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