Lesson 19: Language Development

Importance of Language

Language is arguably the most important component of culture because much of the rest of it is normally transmitted orally.  Young children…have a genetic propensity to learn language. http://anthro.palomar.edu/language/language_4.htm

Language is a mode of communication containing code and structure for proper use and understanding.

Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express? The idea that language might shape thought was for a long time considered untestable at best and more often simply crazy and wrong. Now, a flurry of new cognitive science research is showing that in fact, language does profoundly influence how we see the world. Beyond space, time and causality, patterns in language have been shown to shape many other domains of thought

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703467304575383131592767868

Language as a Component of the Kingdom (of God) Culture

Joshua 1:8, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, Malachi 3:16, Col 4:6, 2 Tim 1:13, Tit 2:8, Eph 5:19

Language as a tool of productivity

Joshua 1:8, Proverbs 6:2

Your words can limit you or loose you. The words of Jabez freed him from the curse of pain, (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).
What you say is what you see and if your faith is not talking, your faith is not working. We must insist on speaking the language of the Kingdom of God if we are going to be productive and exercise dominion for God’s Kingdom.

Language as a tool of authority and dominion

Matthew 12:33-37

Every word we speak invokes its parallel spirit. It is either the spirit of life in Christ Jesus or the spirit of sin and death, (Romans 8:2). “Death and life are in the power of the tongue,” (Proverbs 18:21a). So what are you saying? Even if you insist on saying nothing; what you did not say is what you did not see, because the center of speech is the center of faith, and faith is the portal of victory

Every ambassador of a country must be proficient in that country’s language and be proud to speak it everywhere. As an ambassador of God’s Kingdom what will you rather choose; the Word of God or the word of the world? The language of God’s Kingdom is the language of victory

 

Lesson 20: Growing in the Kingdom Language

 

Central Text:      Mk 11:23

Learn Kingdom’s language

Everything we know we learned. If you were to know and use a language other than your native tongue you will have to invest in learning.  Acts 22:3, Acts 7:22, Daniel 1:17

How to learn

  1. Seek out the knowledge. Don’t wait for it, go for it! Eagerness, passion and open mindedness facilitate attraction of the knowledge. Acts 17:11, Proverbs 2:3-5, Proverbs 15:14, 2 Peter 1:5, John 8:31
  2. Read and study the language. To increase your vocabulary of the language for effective communication. There different learning styles such as visual, auditory, reading and Kinesthetic, the bible offers all styles, but reading is basic. 2 Timothy 2:15, Ecclesiastes 1:12, Proverbs 4:20.
  3. Hear other people. Hearing the language from those who are proficient in it increases your knowledge. Proverbs 4:1-2, Luke 5:1; 6:17-18, Acts 13:44, Romans 10:17,

Know the Language.

That we have read and listen to a language are not evidences that we know it. How many of us would remember the content of every book we have ever read? How many of us still remember everything we were taught in elementary school, high school and maybe some in college? It’s only what we retained that we know. Retention involves a process.

To discern and understand what you read and heard requires thinking. Thinking helps to retain the words and phrases of the language. A good practice is memorizing the words. Meditating the word reveals a deeper understanding and retention. Joshua 1:8, 1Timothy 4:13-15, Philippians 4:8-9, Proverbs 4:20-23, Psalm 1:1-6

Use it!

Anything we don’t use we tend to lose. It’s like you snooze you lose! (The parable of Talents) Speaking the words of a language you are learning is necessary for the right pronunciation and growth. The fear of wrong application or pronunciation will not be conquered until you start speaking the language. Deuteronomy 6:1-7, Joshua 1:8.

Frequent use is good for retention and proficiency. The algebraic formula for Distance illustrates it better;

 r*t=d

r= Rate (frequency)

t=Time (duration)

d= (How far you go or how much you grow.

 

Lesson 21: Overcoming Language Learning Barriers

What are the common barriers?

  • Social disposition, peer group, literacy level, self-confidence, time challenge,

How do we overcome?

2 Kings 2:1-14, Matt 13:3-8

  • Conquer Gilgal

Gilgal means “rolled away” This was the place the Israelites born in the wilderness who had not been circumcised must be circumcised before they entered into the promise land. Cutting the flesh at Gilgal signifies rolling away the reproach and shame of Egypt. The body of flesh was put away Col 2:11. Denying the flesh or putting the flesh under as Paul said focuses our dedication to the kingdom.

” According to very personal experience with the Lord, the highest expression of spiritual life is not regeneration, sanctification, perfection, victory over sin, or power. It is instead the denying of the flesh, which is both the aim and the way of spiritual life.” (Watchman Lee)

  • Bethel Resolution

On the way to Egypt Abram built an altar to God (Gen 12:9-14). On the way to Haran Jacob built an altar at Bethel (Gen 28:17-19; 35:7). It is a place to put the world, the worldly desires and engagement away to enable an upward connection. The more we desire God is the more we care to learn His kingdom language and know Him.

  • Conquer Jericho

Jericho was the place the Israelites defeated their enemy; who deceptively seem more powerful, by obeying the command of God. We must conquer satan’s power of deception, discouragement, and delusion. He is a master of insidious distraction especially at the time to study or pray.

  • Experience Jordan

Jesus and many others were baptized at River Jordan. It is the symbolism of death and resurrection. Resurrection overcomes death. We must stay alive and active in Christ with full dedication and consecration at all times. The attitude of selective dedication negates the learning and engagement purposes.

 

Lesson 22: Benefits of Coded Language

 Introduction

Tracing the origin of using code as part of language communication will be a very challenging activity. But it has been a vital element of human communication and writing from time immemorial. Used by households, but a lot more by cults and fraternities.

Increasing Use

Our world today, functions mainly on the platform of technology (the Internet of Things – The IoT). Technology has become the highway to many accomplishments. Our cars, phones, home appliances, and equipment mostly run on software and the vast use of technology has made the job of programmers highly valuable. Computers can only function on coded languages.

Other Uses  

“In more serious uses, codes and ciphers are used by our military and diplomatic forces to keep confidential information from unauthorized eyes. Businesses also send data that has been encoded to try and protect trade secrets and back-room deals. After all, you wouldn’t want your competitor to know that you were about to acquire their company with a leveraged buy-out.”

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/secret/secret.html

Kingdom’s Coded Language

The coded language of the kingdom of God is known as Speaking in Tongues. God promised to speak with His people in tongues – Isaiah 28:9-12

Benefits of Spiritual Coded Language – Speaking in Tongues

  1. It allows Spirit-to-Spirit direct communication with God. (1 Corinthians 14:2, Romans 8:27)
  2. We can only pray the perfect will of God by our Spirit through our spiritual coded language (Romans 8:26-27, 1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
  3. We are strengthened and encouraged in our spirit by speaking in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:4)
  4. We build up and increase our faith through speaking in tongues (Jude 1:20)
  5. We keep our communication with God secret through the spiritual coded language (1 Corinthians 14:2)
  6. The manifestation that evidences the baptism in the holy Spirit is speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4; 10:45-46