When we decided to read through the New Testament this year, our thought was simply this: Is there anything we could do this year that is more significant than helping our people meet daily with their Heavenly Father? Is there any discipline in the Christian life that could more profoundly impact our church family more than spending time in God's word? I must admit that when I pondered those questions, my thoughts turned to Hebrews 4:12-13.
(Hebrews 4:12-13)For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
God's word is amazing. There is nothing else like it. It is not static. It is not passive. It is not shy. God's word boldly tells me what God wants for me and from me. It exposes the secrets of my heart. It encourages me and it haunts me. It builds me up and tears me apart. In my own experience, one of the most amazing things about God's word is that as I read it, it reads me.
- How have you experienced that this year?
- What is one thing that you learned in the last week that encouraged you?
- What is one thing that you learned in the last week that challenged you?
- Be honest, is there anything God has been teaching you that you wished you could "Un-learn"?
Father, help me understand your word as I read it and help me understand myself as it reads me. Give me the grace to obey the things I am either reluctant to, too afraid to, or too stubborn to.
BOBBY PRUITT | Lead Pastor
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Zoey and Fallon Zeller Mar 10, 2014 @ 7:50 pm
Me, my mom, and my sister read this and all prayed this prayer because we all want/need God's discipline in our lives.
CONNIE TURNER Mar 10, 2014 @ 8:59 am
ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEEN IN THE WORD OF GOD MY MIND WANDERS AND I START TO THINK ABOUT MYSELF AND MY TRIALS....UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND FEAR HAVE OVERTAKEN ME AND KEPT ME FROM ABSORBING HIS DAILY MANNA IN MY HEART AND MY SOUL....I HUNGER FOR HIS WORD TO PERMEATE INTO MY SOUL AND FEED ME INTO TRUST AND COMFORT AND PEACE BUT I MAKE LIFE ABOUT ME AND DO NOT TRUST AS I SHOULD....GOD FORGIVE ME FOR MY SIN AGAINST YOU AND OTHERS WHO I MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE INSTEAD A SELFISH ONE....MOLD ME INTO THE PERSON YOU WANT FOR ME TO BE SO THAT I HONOR AND GLORIFY YOU....HELP ME TO ENTER INTO YOUR REST AND BE OBEDIENCE TO YOUR WORD....LET ME APPROACH YOUR THRONE OF GRACE THAT I MAY FIND MERCY IN MY TIME OF NEED.