Word Nerd Wednesday – Proleptic

I’m joined by my dear friend Kathie this week. She and I bonded over a love of words and even started a group of like minded Army wives who aspire to share the love of Christ through the written word here at FT Hood. I know you’ll be blessed by the wisdom she shares today!

proleptic-1Proleptic: the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplished.

The word proleptic doesn’t appear in the Bible, but it’s meaning is inferred as a guide for how Christians should live out our faith.

To live proleptically is to live as if God’s promises have already happened. In order to live this way, we must believe that God’s promises are unwavering, true, and trustworthy.

After I graduated from high school, I found myself honestly yearning to know God’s will for my life. After two years of praying, He answered me in a clear call to write. I worked for a time as a journalist before choosing to stay at home when my first child was born.

After a decade as a stay-at-home mom (adding three more kids to the gang), I still knew His word to be true. As I embarked on the terrifying journey of starting my own freelance business, I went forward as if I was already a success. He had spoken His calling into me and it would come true. I chose to live proleptically.

Other truths we can remember to help us live proleptically:

To believe we will be reunited with God in Heaven because of Jesus’ saving grace.

“And in this fellowship, we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.”

1 John 2:25

To believe we will be blessed for our obedience, even if we haven’t seen it yet.

“You will experience all these blessings if you obey the lord your God.”

Deuteronomy 28:2

To know, without doubt, that the trouble we’re going through will be growth for our relationship with Him.

“Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.”

Psalms 119:50: 

We can believe and live as if Christ will return.

“But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”

Philippians 3:20:  

Proleptic living can bring great peace, joy and wisdom while we navigate this very messy life we have on earth. But to achieve this we must trust in Him; knowing His character and leaning on our faith will help us live confidently. As Jesus said in John 14:1:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.”

The healing we require, the finances we need, the opportunities we’re seeking, are all there. And we can live proleptically, knowing His loving promises for us are ever faithful.

View More: http://pixelatedphoto.pass.us/kathieheadshotsKathie Harris is an awarding-winning writer with a degree in Advertising/Public Relations. She’s spent her entire life as an Army dependent and loves raising her four kids in the lifestyle. She’s recently gone part time on her mothering career in order to get back to the one that pays her! She founded kathiebharris.com in October of 2016 in the hopes of educating families considering adoption as well as starting discussions on racial bridge building.

Kathie offers copywriting and other marketing services through her freelance business. When she’s not drinking coffee and wrangling kids, she’s sneaking in a few minutes with a good book!

Catch up with her on Facebook at www.facebook/kbhwrites.

19 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday – Proleptic

    1. You’re welcome, Ellen!
      I had never heard of it either until one Sunday when the pastor said it. I wrote it down and thanks to Liz’s Word Nerd Wednesday series, I got to explore it!

  1. I love your post Kathie! I love that word and how you’ve used it in sentences so we can use it too. How much different my life would be if I always lived proleptically…if I lived in a constant mindset that God’s promises are so true I can assume they’re done. WOW! That’s good stuff.
    ~Sherry Stahl

  2. This is timed to tie in with the “already not yet” aspect of theology I’ve been learning about, as well as the spectrum of “over or under realized eschatology!” Love how clearly and concisely this explaining for encouragement here. Thanks!!

  3. Such a great post! I love the fact that we can walk in our proleptic calling as believers and take hold of the promises God has granted us! I am glad you took a leap of faith and started your freelance business and went forward as if you were already a success. That inspires me to walk in the calling God has placed in my heart, and I want to live with that same determination–because victory is already mine in Christ! Thank you for your encouraging words!

  4. Oooh, I like that…”to live as if God’s promises have already happened.” How that would shift our perspectives in daily life if we lived that way. Very interesting, thanks for sharing, Liz and Kathie! And, thanks for sharing at #ChasingCommunity today! 🙂 xoxo

  5. This is such an encouragement. Every believer should live like this. Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks Liz for letting me know about this word! Blessings to you.

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