“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 (NIV)
Like A Fire And Hammer
How is your word like a fire? How is your word like a hammer? Those are two very good questions that I will let you answer. How has my word been like a fire and a hammer in your life? Your word has set me on fire to want to love and follow and serve you. Your word has created an insatiable hunger and thirst in me for you. My heart and mind and life burn with passion for you. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. I want to go where you send me to do what you ask of me. Most of all, I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. This is the fire that you have set in my heart and mind and life. That is very good. That’s not all, there is more. Your word has been like a white-hot fire to purify the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. You have used your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. My life is not as it once was. I think thoughts, speak words and do deeds that are pleasing to you. Am I perfect? Has your word completely perfected me? No, your word continually burns like a flame in me and changes me day by day as I continue to love and follow and serve you. Only when I see you face to face will your work in me be complete. I eagerly look forward to that day. That is very good.
How has my word been like a hammer in your life? Your word has confronted my thoughts and words and deeds. Your word has challenged my heart and mind. You have used your word like a hammer to break up my thoughts and words and deeds that are not in alignment with your will and ways. You have used your word like a hammer to break up the hardness of my heart. You have used your word like a hammer to break through the thick headedness of my mind. I have needed your word to work like a fire and a hammer, so your work would continue in my heart and mind and life. That’s true.
Will you welcome my word into your heart and mind and life? Will you allow my word to be like a fire that purifies your life and sets you on fire to love, follow and serve me? Will you allow my word to be like a hammer that will break through your life? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.
Lord, use your word like a white-hot fire to purify the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Use your word like a hammer to break up the hardness of my heart so that I will humbly accept all the work you want to do in and through me. Amen
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