Most church pews are filled with men and women who affirm the inspiration and authority of sacred Scripture. This is a good thing. However, if affirming the inspiration and authority of sacred Scripture does not translate into changing our beliefs and altering our behavior, it is of very little value in the life of the Christian.
The searing searchlight of sacred Scripture has been given to us by God to renew our minds, enlarge our hearts, and bend our wills. Is this the confession of your life today? Is the Word of God the functional authority in your personal and professional life?
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)
Because the Word of God is living and active, it is to function in our lives in such a way as to rule our hearts and shape our lives. It is to test our tightly held traditions and challenge our current comfort zones. It is to dismantle every deity we have designed in the idol-making factory of our unholy hearts—from power and pleasure to prosperity and prestige. Because the Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword, it will cut away everything that does not conform us to the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ—in thought, word, deed, and desire.
Because the Word of God is living, it will impart life to those who marinate in it and meditate on it. The apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, asserted that “The holy Scriptures . . . are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). The Word of God brings life where there is death. It brings health where there is disease. It brings hope where there is hopelessness. And because it is active, it is designed to empower the believer to pursue a life that is pleasing to God. It changes the orientation of the heart from beating for the self to beating for the Savior.
The searing searchlight of sacred Scripture is always on. If the world around you begins to darken, the Word of God shines brighter! If you begin to lose your way, it becomes a celestial compass to guide you through every storm and return you to the path God is calling you to walk. Regardless of where this message finds you today, you can be sure that the searing searchlight of sacred Scripture will be . . .
- A lamp to your feet
- A light to your path
- A rock for your foundation
- An anchor for your soul
- A shield of protection against the attacks of the enemy
- A deep well of living water to slake your every thirst
As the Word of God judges the thoughts and attitudes of your heart, it will be the catalyst and cause of your spiritual growth. Whether you hear it in a sermon, Bible study lesson, in your personal time of devotion, or through the loving counsel of a godly friend, it will be the rich soil in which the seeds of the supernatural are carefully sown, producing a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
The Word of God both tells and transforms . . . announces and accomplishes . . . and nothing in all creation can stop it from doing exactly what God has ordained it to do in your life. “For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (Isaiah 14:27.)
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!