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“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.”

- 1 Peter 1:14-15

 

The Word Is Alive

The Word Is Alive

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“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrew 4:12)

The writer of Hebrews makes the claim that the word of God is alive, but what does that mean? 

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)

Jesus goes on to equate this to being good parents. He argues that if sinful people know how to give good gifts to their children, how will God the Father give good gifts to those who ask Him. Did you ever have a great teacher? One that you just couldn’t wait for the next class because you knew it was going to be great? If you did, you’ll realize, it didn’t matter what that teacher was going to teach that day, you just wanted to hear from her. You were willing learn whatever she had to teach. God is the greatest teacher ever, teaching the most important lessons ever, and when we open His word, we should do so with the same openness as the student going to their favorite class. We don’t have our own agenda or expectations, we just know that God is going to show us something or teach us something new. We should behave as the writer of Hebrews describes:

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Draw near to God and we will receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. I am amazed each day after my quiet time reading the Bible how God has instructed me through His word. I seek and I find the lesson God has for me.

“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)

“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)

“You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (1 Chronicles 16:11)

We seek God by reading the Bible daily and devoting ourselves to prayer. Don’t put anything ahead of your pursuit of God. Do you have a favorite show you never miss? A favorite website your never fail to visit? A workout you never neglect? God should rank higher than any show, website, workout routine. or anything you can imagine. Make sure God comes first in your life. Seek after Him with all of your heart and He promises you will find Him. 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

—Redeemed

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