Note: The below is loosely based upon the video closed caption transcript. Some things are added, altered, expanded upon, or removed. Either way, it still reads a lot like the video.
Yada, Yada, Yada is THE SECRET to Life
In all your ways acknowledge Him… yada-yada-yada. No, I am not mocking Scripture but rather bringing out the most important purpose of our entire existence. We were created to know and be known by God. The Hebrew word for to know is yada. The word translated acknowledge is this Hebrew word yada, to know. This is the same word used for Adam knew Eve.
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Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Let’s focus on this whole concept of acknowledging Him. I think this is the secret to being able to trust God with your whole heart, which I’m learning more and more as I push into these things myself and as I seek purification through His Spirit. One of the things I do regularly is to ask God to purge me from an evil heart of unbelief. I think so much of this walk comes down to whether we actually believe God, whether we actually believe what He says and actually believe that He is good. If you think about it, if we knew with every ounce of our being, the practical reality of heaven and earth, of who He is in His fullness, we would pursue God with our whole heart, with nothing held back, and it would just be a natural reaction to a true revelation of His Character.
To know Him is to trust Him, to know Him is to love Him, to know Him is to obey Him, to know Him is to be motivated to pursue Him.
In all your ways acknowledge Him. The Hebrew word there for acknowledge is very interesting, like I mentioned above it is the word yada in the Hebrew. The root Hebrew character analysis in simple form reveals yod, daled, ayin. Yod means work, throw, worship. Dalad means movement, hang, enter. Ayin means know, watch, eye. Throw yourself into the active pursuit of entering the window of God’s soul. Ayin is silent. Be still and know that I am God. Knowing Him is beyond words. We can rest in truly knowing Him. I like to say that really knowing God, really pursuing God, really loving God with your whole heart is all about Yada, Yada, Yada. It’s all about knowing Him, it’s all about to know, to know, to know God.
Becoming One with Our Good Good Father
This same word yada is used for “Adam knew Eve” and they became one flesh. Adam knew Eve. When they had that intimacy of communion, that intimacy of sexual relation, that intimacy of becoming one with, becoming echad. Echad is the Hebrew word for one there, to be intertwined and intermingled with. Aleph, Chet, Daled esoterically points to His power passes the divide and enters you. He devirginizes our flesh and penetrates our soul by His Spirit and we are owned by Him and Him alone. I want to stress this concept of knowing Him and pursuing knowing Him with everything that we are. Obviously, this involves complete surrender, this involves opening oneself in complete transparency before Him. We take on His Name!
With this little play on words, yada-yada-yada, we oftentimes use that term as in talking, talking, talking. That is another aspect of how we get to know Him. We get to know Him by bearing our soul to Him. We get to know him by acknowledging Him in all our ways. Where there are no more hidden places, there are no nooks, there are no crannies, we’ve invited Him into every single aspect of our life. I was talking to somebody the other day who was having some issues with drug addiction challenges and I encouraged her to stay linked with God, stay one with God, even when she’s going through that strong temptation. As temptation comes if you can bring God in, He brings light, if you will, into that darkness. What happens when light enters darkness? It illuminates that place. The enemy loses his hold when we bring light into darkness and so often when we’re struggling in some area that’s giving us a challenge, so often that’s the time in which we draw back from God. That’s a time in which we tend to leave God behind, we shut the door, and we hide from Him.
Bringing Light into Darkness
Imagine for a moment, if you actually stayed lock-armed with God when you went into the most challenging places of your soul, the areas in which you’re struggling to overcome, the areas in which you’re embarrassed and ashamed. Imagine, if we were willing to risk the transparency of staying lock-armed with God through the darkness. And as we go through that temptation, the light of His presence illumines what typically is in darkness. It’s going to completely undermine the ability of the enemy to maintain that hold on your soul. Because his tactics work in darkness, but God is light. And so, when we bring God into every nook and cranny of our life, we find freedom in every nook and cranny of our life when we walk with God in that way. Acknowledge him in all of our ways because here’s reality, he is there! There’s nowhere on earth, there’s nowhere even in the depths of Hell that His presence is not. He is there, His love is there! Since He’s already there, he already knows when you’re there. So, why not stay lock-armed with Him?
I’m not saying we come to a place that’s sacrilegious and fails to recognize His Holiness. But the reality is, God wants to be one with you. The reality is, He wants to be one with me. The reality is, the Scriptures say, “He who joins himself with the Lord is one spirit. And in the context of that passage, it says, “shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of a harlot? God forbid.” Then goes on to say that, “What? know ye not that he which is joined to a harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” And so, it’s actually, most likely talking about some form of temple prostitution in that case but nonetheless notice that in the context of that verse, someone is becoming one with a prostitute and they’re bringing the members of Messiah into that because when we’re one with Him, were inseparable from Him. We are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. We can trick ourselves that He’s not there, but He’s always with us. He’ll never leave us or forsake us.
Who We Hang Out with Matters (a lot)
And so, if we begin to learn to, in all our ways acknowledge Him, acknowledging His presence, acknowledging His desire to impart wisdom, and to have deep and intimate fellowship with us, then it changes everything. Understanding and acknowledging His wisdom, His presence, His love, His light and beginning to walk or continuing in a path of walking with Him in that. Imagine, how transformative that would be to our lives. There’s no part of our life that He does not want to be a part of. Communicating with Him, yada-yada-yada. It’s not the same to talk to yourself than it is to talk to God. One of the things that I’m really working on is seeking to commune with God more and more through the whole of life, through the mundane. Just as if I had another physical person in the room with me while I’m working on a project, let’s say, writing this article or whatever the case may be. If we had someone else looking over our shoulder, giving us insight, we’d acknowledge what their attention is brought to and what input they would have on our work. Their mere presence changes the environment.
Imagine, if we walked with God in that way. Imagine, how over time we’d grow in our union with Him. Imagine, how that would enlighten our minds, as He speaks in that still small voice as we draw from the generative reality of His presence. Imagine, just like if you had a highly intimate relationship that you’ve been in for very long-time where you simply begin to think alike. Imagine, if we walked with God to such a level in which we begin to think alike, where we have the mind of Messiah like the scripture says. What if we could come to a place where no longer are His thoughts higher than our thoughts? What if we actually became one with God where our thoughts became almost synonymous with His thoughts? Now, I know He’s infinite and He’s all-knowing but what if we’d bridge at least some of that gap, that veil of the flesh, and came into supernatural revelation, a supernatural relationship that’d begin to melt away the separation between who we are and who He is? What if we so melded with Him, that we like it goes on in that verse and He shall direct our paths because we are guided by His eyes and His heart? What if we so melded with Him that we were directed in this way, where we were just one with God, and we walked with Him in all our ways and everywhere we went? What if wherever we went the presence of God went? Imagine, what’s potentially available!
Henry Varley said to the young D.L. Moody, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.”
I believe that quote is true! I believe that there’s a higher place in God that our modern world has yet to see. Think about it, Enoch walked with God and was not. I imagine it almost as if Enoch was in this relationship, so intimate with God, so one with God, that he began to shift dimensionally. Perhaps one moment he was in the flesh and one moment he was in the spirit, one moment he was in the realm of Earth and one moment he was stepping into the realms of Heaven. And as he phase shifted periodically as that relationship heightened and heightened and heightened, perhaps one day he was walking with God and just was not. He didn’t come back. He stayed on the other side.
Broadening Perspectives toward Knowing God
Paul said, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain… and I don’t know what to choose.” You know, we don’t really understand these kind of concepts. What are they actually talking about? Are these things available to us? Well, it’s in the scripture and it’s true for others, so it’s available in the spirit. I just want to broaden the perspective of what intimacy with God could mean. What if you became so intimately communed and so intimately one with God that like Peter you got to the place that anyone within the distance of your shadow was healed? What if you, like Paul, were at the place where he took kerchiefs and such and he’d wipe the sweat off his brow and his essence was so intermixed with God’s essence that these towels were brought to the sick or demon-possessed and they were healed or delivered. Think about that.
In all your ways acknowledge Him. What benefit are we getting from having hidden places? What satisfaction is derived from being less than 100% sold out to God? The Bible says that He knows those that are His. Some people see walking with God as something that’s going to restrict their life in some negative way as if they’re not going to be able to enjoy life if they give themselves fully unto God. That’s not a scripture understanding of walking with God. In wisdom’s left hand are riches and honor and in her right hand is length of days. In God’s right hand are pleasures forevermore and in His presence fullness of joy for He shows us the path of life. Walking with God is a path of blessing but even if this life holds only trials and tribulations because of what God’s called you to do, think about this, that just puts an exponential reward on the rewards of heaven.
God pays extraordinary compound interest on unanswered prayers. The greater the delay, the greater the reward. The greatest reward of all is to die in faith having not yet received the promise. What is planted, yet not harvested in this life, is rewarded exponentially in the next. – Curtis Abbott
Imagine, God’s not going to allow anything you go through to remain unrewarded. He says He’s a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. And if there’s any reward that doesn’t come on earth, it’s delayed let’s say or something of that nature, surely you could imagine there’s no investment on earth that out pays God’s investment in his people? He’s going to take things and on the other side, if you are faithful to Him and become one with Him, if your whole heart is devoted to becoming interlinked with God and be sold out to His purposes, sold out to His presence, sold out to knowing Him, make no mistake, He’s gonna pay rich dividends. Think about the miracle of compound interest on earth, do you think it compares to the miracle of a life invested in God yet not fully rewarded in the land of the living? Think about what that means in terms of eternity! Get the vision for that. I want to get the vision for that!
I want to live in light of eternity, I want to live in light of the truths that we are talking about right now, I want to become one with the truth. Just like Messiah was the word that became flesh and dwelt among us, God desires His word to become flesh in us. He desires us to to become one with Him. Like the Messiah said, Father, I pray that they be one even as we are one. Let us become one with God and one with each other. Let us acknowledge Him in all of our ways. A lot of times we say we know something when we just can spout it out mentally. No, when we know something we become one with it. Under my clock I’ve got a saying that I felt like God gave me a couple years ago that’s real humility provoking.
It says this…
“I only know as much as results show. If my results don’t show it, then I don’t know it, it’s still something I’m trying to learn.”
That quote helps me recognize the divide between the way we typically use the word know and the way God wants us to know His Word, the way God wants us to know His spirit, the way God wants us to know Him. And so, yada-yada-yada. To know him, to know him, to know him. Did you know that that word in the Hebrew yada shows up almost five times more than the word love in Hebrew. And so, to know Him is to love Him. He truly is a good good Father. There’s no purpose for our lives that extends greater than actually knowing Him.
Our Eternal Great Reward at Risk
Matthew 7:22-27 says, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
There’s nothing more important than knowing Him and to know Him is to obey Him. Of course, He is love and so to know Him is to love him, to fully know Him is to become an embodiment of love, an embodiment of His spirit but in the full expression of who He reveals himself to be throughout all of Scripture.
May we acknowledge Him in all of our ways. That’s the prayer of my heart. I just want to pray right now, Father, I just pray for myself and for anybody here, that Father you’d put within us a revelation of what is available through pushing into You, the treasures of Your Presence, the treasures of Your Personhood. I pray that You’d give us a revelation that would cause us to have a motivation to pursue You with everything that we are, holding nothing back, pursuing You to purify our hearts so there’s nothing that separates us from walking in the fullness of what You intended that relationship to be. Open the eyes of our understanding to pursue you, give us a knowledge of who You are that’s an inseparable knowledge that becomes something that cannot be lost, something that doesn’t just exist in our minds, but something that we know fully in our hearts, something that has become flesh in us. Father, we want to know the tangibility of Your presence, we want to know You in the power of Your resurrection, and in the fellowship of Your sufferings. We want to know you to the place in which we can consider it pure joy when we encounter trials of many kinds.We want to know You. Amen.
God bless you all!