I've got a challenge for you. Over the next week monitor yourself and count how many times you say the phase: "I don't know." Then ask yourself: "Is that what you want?" You don't want to KNOW!
Right now there are a lot of things going on in my life that I have no control over, which has resulted in a lot of frustration and me saying the phrase: "I don't know" more often that I would like. Because of that the Holy Spirit has been getting my attention when those words comes out of my mouth by asking: "Is that what you want?"
Of course, that is not what I want. I really want to know the answer but in that moment of time I didn't have an answer to that problem, so I say, we all say:
"I DON'T KNOW."
But is that what we should be saying?
As Christians we are all believing for God's will being done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. Isn't that the prayer that Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:10? Yet what are we doing to activate our faith in Him to make it a reality? We all have the anointing of Christ working our lives. In fact the word "Christ" is the Greek word for the Hebrew word "Messiah" and means "the anointed one and His anointing." And we are all called to be representatives of Christ revealing His LOVE to those around us. But instead of walking in faith knowing what we have, we succumb to the pressures of life and the ways of this world and don't even pay attention to the little words of negativism coming out of our mouths every day.
For years I have been aware of the need for and practiced positive confessions in my own life, confessing things like: "I have the mind of Christ. I have the Wisdom of Christ. I know what needs to be done and how to do it." But when I'm in the moment and I really need that knowledge and wisdom, but I don't have the time or circumstances to stop and make that confession, what do I say: "I don't know." By doing that I effectively block the anointing and the Holy Spirit from working in me to provide the very answer that I need. The negative influences of this world have once again trapped me in my own words.
All too often the use of the words: "I don't know" is a blanket excuse to avoid having to give an answer to someone about something that is not really important. But the repetition of saying those words over time causes negative impact in our own mind and spirit casting the knowledge we do have out into the unknown. We keep telling our minds: "I don't know" and it responds by overlaying the knowledge we do know with confusion and forgetfulness.
So, how do we do our part in reversing the impact of this negative world and activating our faith in God to bring His will here on earth saying something that will empower us instead of imprison us in our own words?
We can't say things like: "I'll check into that and get back to you," because we know we don't have any intention of investigating trivial topics and the need for that answer is not really important to get back to that person, that would be lying. We don't want to speak idle words that don't have any power in them, Jesus warns us about that in Matthew 12:26. We want our words to be the words of God.
When confronted with this by the Holy Spirit, I had only one answer. "Lord, what should say?" The Lord led me over to Matthew 7, it would be good if you read the entire chapter, and reminded me of verses 7 & 8:
Mat 7:7-8 KJV "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
Then He said: "Don't make it complex, just say:
"I'll seek to know."
Then in your heart just give it to God."
In doing this you are effectively releasing the opposite spiritual power that "I don't know" releases. You are opening the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal the answer to you. You are not telling the person that you know the answer or that you intend respond within any set period of time. You are telling your mind and spirit, if the answer is in there go find it. There are no negative aspects to this because you are leaving the door open for the answer. And if someone questions on why you said it, just say it again. Don't even try to explain it, except maybe telling them to read this blog.
So the next time, you are in "the moment" and feel the urge to utter the words of destruction: "I don't know," say instead:
"I'll seek to know."
Live in God's Peace.