April 25, 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.

The emphasis of this verse is on the power of the Word to penetrate and expose the inner heart of a person. The word is a critic in that it critiques our lives for the purpose of helping us see where we are in error and where we are pleasing to God. Many people criticize God and his word instead of letting the word be their judge. We don’t want to make that mistake. If we are at odds with God the word of God won’t let us be at rest or at peace with God.

Read the following verses out of Colossians.Colossians 3:12–13 (NLT) — 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

Be honest and let he word penetrate your heart. Do you treat people, even difficult people, people who irritate the snot out of you with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience? I bet the word has now exposed your thoughts and intentions toward those persons. God chose you to be holy when you deal with these people. If you don’t they will not have a good impression of Jesus and how will you ever lead the to the Lord? If you clothe yourself with anything else you are out of style in God’s Kingdom.

Do you make allowance for each other’s faults or do you think, “they should know better.” ? Do you forgive anyone who offends you? Why are you offended in the first place? If you know who you are in Christ you have no need to be offended. Jesus is not offended with you, he just went and died for you. Can you die to your pride and forgive like Jesus forgave you? The Word of God does penetrate doesn’t it?

Read God’s word and let it be your critic. It will change your heart. It will change your life. It will change you world. It will set you on an adventure. It will draw people to Jesus. Now that is powerful!

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. You’re so right Pastor Dan! The inner fashion statement I make has the power to change lives for eternity. Lost people wanting “more” are looking deeper than my appearance. I can think of many people that made lasting impressions on me before I knew anything about being saved. It wasn’t what they wore or how they looked but what they clothed themselves with on the inside that made me remember all these years later. Next time I need to run a quick errand with little time to fuss on my outside, I will make sure my inside shines bright. After all, that’s what really matters most. Thanks 🙂

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Yes we get so conscious fashion on the outside and forget that what matters to God is the inside.