I Know Someone Who Really Needs to Hear This
Posted: Wednesday, November 2
Verse of the day:
For the word of God is alive 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 )
It’s happened to just about everyone who has been around church for awhile.
We’re listening to a message, taking part in a Power for Living Group or engaged in a Life Group study. Then, someone who’s not there comes to mind as we’re studying God’s Word. It could be a parent, brother, sister, co-worker, classmate, friend or neighbor. We see that clearly this teaching would apply directly to a challenge or situation they’re facing.
“I wish they were here for this,” we think to ourselves.
Those are moments when we’re thankful for a podcast or book we can share with that person we care about. We hope when we share what we’ve heard that it will be received well and impact their lives.
However, there is a caution. Our own spiritual growth is at risk if we regularly find ourselves reaching the conclusion that every teaching we hear is for someone else.
We should anticipate that God wants to speak to us directly every time we take part in a worship service, small group or personal devotion.
"For the word of God is alive 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).
God’s Word should be alive and active in each of our lives. We should sense the Holy Spirit checking and refining our thoughts and attitudes.
We are deceived if we start thinking we’ve reached a spiritual point where we no longer need God’s correction or that every sermon is really just for the newer people.
Let’s approach every opportunity we have to explore the Bible as a moment for our Heavenly Father to speak to us first and foremost. Anticipate that God has something to say to you, not just someone else.