For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
I welcome you to do your work in me. How do you think I will do my work in you? What tool do you think I will use to do my work in you? You will use a wide variety of tools to do your work in me. That’s true. But, do I have a primary tool that I will use to do my work in you? Yes, you do. You will use your word to do your work in me. I’m glad that you know this to be true. Why is that? Some believe that they can take or leave my word. Some think that it is up to them to accept or reject portions of my word. What do you think about that? I think that if I reject portions of your word I do so at my own peril. I would never set myself up as an authority that has the wisdom to accept or reject portions of your word. I am not the evaluator of your word. Your word is the evaluator of me. I am not the corrector of your word. Your word is the corrector of me. To think otherwise would be incredibly foolish and prideful. No, I will humbly accept all that your word has to say to me. It is my delight to take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I am thankful that you have been using your word to form all my thoughts and words and actions. You have used your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. Your word has been changing my heart and transforming my mind. Your word has made me able to resist temptation and stand against evil Your word has richly blessed my life. I can’t get enough of your word. I delight to hear you speaking to me. I will hold on to your word. I will believe your promises. That is very good.
I have more to say. I’m listening. Your word has helped me to come to know and to love and to follow and serve you. For that, I am thankful beyond what my words can express. You have revived and refreshed and restored me by your word. You have lifted me up and encouraged me with your word. It is the delight of my life to meet with you daily in your word. Speak to me Lord, I am listening. Yes, you are and that is very good.
Lord, your word is true. Your word is right. Your word is trustworthy. I will rely on your word. Use your word to do your work in my life. Use your word to form all my thoughts, words, and actions. Guard and guide the entire course of my life with your word. Amen
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