April 24, 2017

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) — 12 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.

Nutritionists state that to be healthy we must eat alive food. Food that hasn’t had the nutrients and enzymes processed out of it. Fast food and doughnuts are good examples of dead food. There just aren’t many nutrients, vitamins and enzymes in these food to sustain a healthy body. Raw fruits and vegetables on the other hand are loaded with nutrients, vitamins and enzymes that our bodies need to be healthy.

When we eat alive food we don’t consciously think, ok I want the vitamins in this food to go to my legs and I want the other nutrients to go to my arms and face and I want the enzymes to stay in my stomach to process and digest the food that I eat. No, we just eat the alive food and the alive food knows where it needs to go to do the body the most good.

Well according to our memory verse for this week God’s word is alive food for our soul and spirit and it knows where to go to do us the most good. It knows what our soul and spirit need. It knows what thoughts and desires need to be exposed in order to effect good changes in us. The word gets into the deepest part of us that we probably didn’t even know existed. All we need to do is feed on this word and continue to memorize and meditate on it which is like digesting physical food. The word of God will get to where it needs to go.

This was made so clear to me back in 1983. Cleo and I were working at a family camp in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. We did everything from teaching, counseling, cooking, maintenance and taking campers trail riding on horses. One week we had a youth group from a out of state in for the whole week. After a couple of days their youth pastor came to me and shared with me that his marriage was falling apart because he was addicted to pornography. He was wondering if I could help him. I was fresh out of Bible School from Bethany School of Missions in Bloomington, MN. We were at this camp doing our internship for the school. When he told me his problem in my mind I was also wondering is I could help. I was pretty sure that I couldn’t so I franticly called out to the Holy Spirit to help because I really didn’t have a clue what to say.

After a lengthy pause I blurted out, “You need to memorize and repeat over and over Hebrews 4:12.” We got out our bibles and opened up to his verse. As I read it to him I kept thinking to myself, “how is this verse going to help him.” It didn’t seem to have anything to do with pornography. There was nothing about stopping the sin and depending on God. But it seemed like that is what I heard from the Holy Spirit so I went with it. He agreed to memorize it and repeat it to himself when he had the urge to lust with his eyes. I prayed over him and he left the room.

When the week was over he and his youth group left for home and as time passed I forgot all about our encounter. A few months later I get a letter from this youth pastor thanking me for that bible verse. He said that by memorizing and meditating on that verse and repeating it when he had the urge to look at pornography the Lord had delivered him from this addiction and healed his marriage! The alive word of God knew where to go and what it needed to do. The results of that encounter has always encouraged me to keep feeding on God’s word. And I can honestly say today that the good godly changes that have come about in my life over the years have been because I let the word of God find a home in my heart.

The word of God knows what to do.

Isaiah 55:8–11 (NLT) — 8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. 10 “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. 11 It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Be Inspired Hilltop!