Tuesday, January 22
Hebrews 4:12 (The Passion Translation)
For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.
If you’ve ever been to the doctor to have something removed from your body that doesn’t belong, whether it be internal or external, you understand the importance of a sharp scalpel. Can you imagine that damage that would be caused by dull and unmaintained instruments in the operating room! Today’s scripture defines the Word of God as sharp and intentional. Just like a skilled surgeon can use a sharp scalpel to remove a tumor or cyst, the Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to reveal what thoughts and motives are pure and which ones are rooted in our flesh. When you allow the Word to penetrate your soul and spirit, it will shine the light of God on those things that do not belong so you can deal with them. While no one likes the idea of ‘going under the knife’, most will make choose to do so rather than let something that doesn’t belong continue to grow and fester. The temporary discomfort of the procedure pales in comparison to the potential damage or loss of life that could result from choosing not to take action. When the Holy Spirit uses the Word to reveal things about you that need to be removed, don’t choose the path of inaction or look at it as the Lord punishing you. Let Him refine you by removing whatever it is that doesn’t belong so you can expect a longer and healthier life. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff