Friday, June 25, 2010

Exposing the Heart


Hey Everyone!

When I chose this "Bible Seed" to type, I didn't remember that I had just used it a month ago. For those of you who read it and remember it, I apologize, but for those of you who haven't seen it before, I hope you get something from it.

Today's Seed: "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 thought and attitudes of the heart."
Hebrew 4:12

Visit any showcase of homes, and you will see beautiful decorations. Underneath the gorgeous cloth=-covered tables by the bed you might find stacks of apple crates.

Like tablecloths that hide ugly crates, our appearances often hide our true thoughts, intentions, and attitudes. We may cover them up and make others think we are good Christians. We4 may even convince ourselves that we are not so bad, but God isn't deceived. He knows our insincerity, unbelief, and hypocrisy. His Word pulls back our beautiful facades to expose the crates in our hearts--crates filled with unethical behavior, long-forgotten sins, selfish motives, and unbelief.

God has no trouble seeing our weaknesses, but we do. God's Word is the tool that corrects our vision. How does it work? When we read a verse or chapter of the Bible, the "living and active" works shine a bright light into the dark corners of our hearts. The light penetrates into the deepest crevices. It reveals the secret passions, appetites, and intentions that we keep hidden away. But it does more than reveal; it awakens us to the need for change. Once awakened, we are faced with the question: "Will I make the change?"

Dig Deeper: the Greet word logos is translated "word" in our English Bible. Logos means words, speech, communication, or plan. God transmits his truth to us by the use of words.

Weed & Water: The sword of God's Word pierces into the control center of our hearts and divides the good from the bad. It is then up to us to get rid of the bad and keep the good. The only way to do this is to ask God for his help. Bad habits don't change overnight, and we may need to repeatedly ask God for help to change. He will always come to our rescue. He may use a sermon, a song, a friend, or the Bible to guide us to freedom.

Sprout & Scatter: There are so many different5 Bible translations and paraphrases available today, including special Bibles for teens, men, and women. Think of a needy person and give them a Bible. If your friend is not open to receiving a Bible, try presenting them with a Christian book that has ministered to you. Just be sure the book you choose contains Scripture quotes.

Think about it: How has the Word of God judged your thoughts and attitudes?

What has God revealed that needs correction?

Prayer Pot:''Lord, please show me the contents of my heart and change...(Insert your thoughts).

Take-Away Idea: Keep your heart in the right direction, and your won't have to worry about your feet.


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