Throughout the gospel, we find how Christ used parables to describe our personal relationship with God. He took the tangible things of life as example to illustrate a spiritual life in Christ.
The devotional before you has one hundred devotions, many based on parables of my life and stories I recall. Why one hundred? One hundred represents fullness and a completion, as well as principle of return. My first hope is that your reading this will not only help you to recognize that everything is spiritual, but also give you an opportunity to know and experience more of God's presence. Second, my hope is that completing this devotion won't mark an end or accomplishment, but that you will be spiritually primed to pursue greater depths in an intimate relationship with our Savior. And last, with the principle of return, I pray that you will continue to grow and be further profitable to God's kingdom and purpose, taking what God gives in abundance and pouring it over into the lives of others.
A Very Sharp Knife
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.
Growing up, my dad had one particular knife he carried when hunting. This knife was extremely sharp. This knife was so sharp that you would be bleeding before you realized you had been cut. As a little boy, I was told not to touch that knife. When I approached the age where I could handle it, I was often reminded of what I had been warned about as a kid. I'm telling you, that knife was sharp!
The Bible proclaims it, and I believe it. The Word of God is a very powerful instrument. There has never been writing so great, nor will there ever be. Nothing in this world can cut through the flesh and move to the heart and soul faster than the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. The Word can separate the flesh from the spirit, the righteous from the unrighteous, the sin from the body, the temptation from the action, and the just from the wicked. The Word of God is truly life-changing.
You know, thinking more about that knife, the more I handled it, the more I grew to respect its design and ability. That fear transformed to a respect. In all the power and greatness of God's Word, be encouraged; the Bible does not invite you to fear it. It invites you to discover it. Discover how quickly it will help you, encourage you, separate you from sin, warn you of temptations, cut through the flesh, and bring freedom to the Spirit. God's Word will lead you and tear down the strongholds that separate you from the fullness of God. This sword will cut through the chains that bind and bring you to an absolute surrender before our God, who created us!
Go ahead and pick it up! It will change your life.
John Spurgeon surrendered to the ministry at the age of forty and he is currently the pastor of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. He has his B.B.A. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. He and his wife, Debra, have two children and three grandchildren.
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