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Vital signs- Wednesday April 24th, 2023

“We don’t read the Bible; the Bible reads us”! 

I wonder if this is how you approached the Scriptures today? As we read the Scriptures, they read us. As we read, the Holy Spirit speaks, convicts, and encourages. 

How can our Bible reading be stale with this truth in mind? Do you expect to meet God today? 

One of the ways that we endure to the end is to nurture a soft heart towards the conviction of the Spirit through the word of God. 

We learn a number of important things about God’s word from 4:12.

First, it’s living and active. It’s a source of life, without which we wither and die spiritually (cf. Psalm 1)! Jesus said His words were ‘spirit and life’ (John 6:63), bringing spiritual vitality and life to us. The word is dynamic, not an ancient text with little relevance to our lives. A life that’s not soaked in the word of God will soon dry up. A life that drinks deeply from the river of life remains strong.

Second, it’s an exposingword. Like a sword with two sharp edges, it penetrates. Like a light that exposes darkness, it reveals what is hidden. God’s word brings conviction to the hidden parts, the inner life—our motives, intentions, and heart. It leads us to repentance and Christlikeness. It’s powerful! It changes us!

In the busyness of our lives, it’s all too easy to neglect the disciplines of Scripture reading, meditation, and memorisation. Yet we know the importance of a life lived by the word of God (Matt 4:4). 

What a wonderful privilege it is to enjoy God, hear His voice, and respond in obedience as we spend time in the word. 

Come expectant. Every day. He will meet you and take you deeper.

”Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.“

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬-‭13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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