April 27, 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.

I have come across people who don’t want to go to the doctor because they are afraid of what the doctor might tell them. I have never understood that logic. It is like if they don’t know it won’t hurt them. But you know they are wrong. A lot of times if sicknesses and diseases are caught early enough they can be cured be cured. Cancer is one of those things if caught early before it has a chance to spread can usually be contained and maybe even eradicated. This happened with my wife Cleo. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was caught early enough so that it had not spread to her lymph nodes. Today, 23 years later, she is cancer free. If we had not gone to the doctor to get the report we would not have known about the cancer and what we wouldn’t have known would probably have killed her.

I wonder if people don’t read God’s word because they are afraid they might be exposed for what they are involved in. Maybe they believe if they don’t know what God thinks about their behavior it won’t hurt them. If you really love gossiping you don’t want to read the word of God because it will expose you as a gossip. Then you will have a choice to quit and receive forgiveness from God or continue and pay the consequences for unconfessed and unforgiven sin.

Romans 1:28–32 (NLT) — 28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. 31 They refuse to understand, break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy. 32 They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse yet, they encourage others to do them, too.

Did you notice that gossip is grouped in with hate, malicious behavior and murder. And did you notice that people that don’t acknowledge God, in other words people that don’t take the time to expose themselves to God’s word so that his word can expose the sin in their lives, are on their own?

I guess what you don’t know can hurt you. Are you willing to be exposed by God’s word today? It really is the mercy of God to expose you. A doctor would be a terrible doctor if he didn’t tell you that you had cancer. God would be a terrible God if he didn’t tell you what was wrong in your life. But he isn’t terrible. He is gracious and merciful. Like a good doctor he only exposes so he can help not hurt.

Exodus 34:6 (NLT) — 6 The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.

John 1:14 (NLT) — 14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Tomorrow I want to talk about how you should respond when God’s word has exposed sin in your life.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Yes, a doctor full of unfailing love (grace) and faithfulness (truth). I remembered that from your teaching on John 1:14 and I’m glad he has no choice than to tell it like he sees it to expose sin for what it is. It’s the only way to have true healing.