For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 WEB
But the words you speak come from the heart–that is what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Matthew 15:18 NLT
Most of us like to have our picture taken if certain criteria are met; we desire the best angle, maybe a headshot versus a full body shot, and we certainly want the pose and position that shows our best side. Even so, the most interesting part of taking a picture, is that it is an absolute reflection of us whether we choose to like it or to dislike it. The problem is that we view ourselves through our own eyes-although our perception may be distorted, and if our expectations are not met then we usually discard the picture because we feel that it does not reflect who we really are.
The Word of God is more powerful than a photograph; the Word exposes what is truly in our hearts; the Word gives us the absolute truth about ourselves and we are unable to discard our character that has been revealed by God’s Word.
I can recall a conversation many years ago with a co-worker who emphasized that she did not like the new employee who was hired in our department. Considering that it was the individual’s first day and we had not been given the opportunity to interact with her, due to orientation training, I was surprised that my co-worker would make such a statement regarding someone that she was not acquainted with. I began to laugh and started asking probing questions as to why she felt dislike toward a total stranger. Her answer was shocking, “Oh you know how it is when you see someone for the first time and you just don’t like them.” At that point, I was able to see that my co-worker possessed judgmental traits against others not based on reality.
God’s Word is not based on feelings that we can adjust to our likes or dislikes; the Word discerns our true character, and we are fully exposed like a baby who is born naked, into the world. Once we begin to diligently study the Bible, we will realize why Salvation is a life-long journey and we become aware of our misaligned traits that are enmity against God.
Remember that Jesus understands our weaknesses and was tempted, but we also know that He lived a sinless life.
We must not become discouraged over the exposure of our true spiritual photograph; God has not left us alone in our efforts for transformation and the journey of holiness and righteousness. The most wonderful aspect of our lives is that we have a powerful spiritual team: God the Father, Jesus His Son, the Holy Spirit, and our assigned angels-who protect us; our spiritual team are always available when we call on them through prayer. We can be victorious in possessing “a clean heart and a right spirit,” when we manifest Human Effort and surrender to Divine Intervention.
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. there we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16 NLT
I can [and I will] do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Bible Reading: Hebrews 4
Prayer for today: Dear God, You are awesome! Thank you for your Holy Word that exposes our sinful traits and gives us the awareness that we do not possess a clean heart and a right spirit which you require. We ask forgiveness for the intentional traits that we hold onto that are enmity against you. O God, it is our desire that we are cleansed from all unrighteousness, and to be filled with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your spiritual team, for your grace, your mercy, and your love. Thank you for the full exposure and the opportunity to renounce sin as we continue our journey down the path of Salvation. We thank you and we ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019