“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NKJV
An X-RAY and surgery in sixty-six books
When I look at the entirety of Christianity and narrow down its success or failure, I am taken to one conclusion: the Word of God is essential.
The Church has risen when the Word is preeminent, as the Bible is taught and the truth is the foundation that the faith is based. Pastors and teachers filled with the Holy Spirit study the scriptures and pass on the message to congregations who are enriched and find great growth and maturation. Individual believers read the Scriptures and are transformed as they get a glimpse of the Glory of God.
The Bible is like a surgical knife, meticulously cutting into dark areas that lay hidden, even from ourselves, to reveal sinful cancers that must be exposed and excised. The Knife is indiscriminate as it goes about doing its work.
It does not see with sentiment or good intentions, it only sees sin. Sin must be dealt with. It does not care that some areas might be uncomfortable to deal with, or that there might be mitigating circumstances; such as past trauma , others to blame, or other sacred cows; it only goes after the sin.
This part of the Word of God is the most frightening. Entire congregations have all but thrown out the conservative reading and interpretation of the Scriptures for the it’s relentlessness in calling sin sin. I personally have encountered readers who have laid aside the Bible because they felt like sinners after reading it. Hmmm.
I personally love the ouch factor as the Knife cuts deep. Conviction is pleasurable if you desire to be transformed. I look forward to what the sacred cow the Lord is going to find next, or who He will use to wield the Knife.
I remember during prayer time at the Wednesday night Bible study at my local church. I had the occasion to pray with my senior pastor. We prayed and out of his mouth came the most convicting words I had ever heard: “Lord, help Bernie to deal with his weight…” I could feel the Knife cutting deep, and it was slicing away at a sacred cow.
We in christian circles hold our potlucks dear. If we had an official icon, it would likely be a casserole dish, or better yet, little smokies in barbecue sauce. We love to eat!
Though the cutting of the Word hurt, it reminded me that my body is God’s temple. I am to be a steward of it.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
I Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV
Ones growth in the faith hinges on ones reaction to the Knife cutting deep. Unlike physical surgery we cannot be anesthetized and not have the pain. We must have the conviction to guide us as we seek to be transformed. If we run from the pain the results can be spiritually fatal, as stopping a physical surgery could be actually fatal.
The Bible is the most powerful book on the planet, the most loved and the most hated, the most influential, and the most mocked. It is burned, it is ignored, it collects dust on many a desk and little read by those for whom it was written. There is NO OTHER holy book that has the Holy Spirit of God as it’s ghost writer.
It is powerful and greatly feared.
It is time for the church to grit our teeth and take the pain. The lost are depending on it.
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Glad to be home back in my comfy recliner. Hard to pray for a lot of people while laying on ones back in hospital.