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October 23, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Eye Surgery 3-The Word


God’s Surgical Instruments: The Word

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

Thought for Today

In order to correct our spiritual vision the Holy Spirit uses some specific instruments. The first is the Word of God. The Scriptures are not a set of static documents that exist simply for our information. In the hands of our master surgeon, the Holy Spirit, they come alive. They speak to our present circumstances. They declare to us the words of the Lord that define what is good and true. Most importantly, like a scalpel, they cut through all our pretenses and discern the thoughts and intentions of our heart. Through the Word God speaks the truth to us, challenges us, and reforms us. When you allow the Holy Spirit to engage your life through the Word of God He will reshape your spiritual vision, so you begin to see more clearly. Take up His Word today and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through it. (Don’t know where to start? Try Colossians 3:1-17. Read it at least twice and listen for what God is saying to you through it.)

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, speak to me through God’s Word. Correct the attitudes and inclinations of my heart that keep me from truly seeing what You desire to show me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior. ― John Stott

 

Quote of the Day

The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for. ― Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty

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October 22, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Eye Surgery 2


John 16:13-14

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 

Thought for Today

Most Christians spend very little time thinking about the Holy Spirit. We think about God the Father, our Protector and Provider, and God the Son, our Savior and Redeemer, but what in the world does God the Holy Spirit do? The Holy Spirit has been sent by the Father and the Son together to be our guide in the time between the first and second comings of Christ. It is His job to (1) reveal truth to us; (2) remind us of the things that Jesus taught us when we need them; (3) And gives u the words to say when we have the opportunity to be a witness for Christ. The Holy Spirit’s role as revealer of truth is actually His most critical responsibility. What is true is determined by what God has said, not by our opinions or how our circumstances appear. The truth of God can be very hard to see and our enemies, the world, the devil, and our own sinful nature, work hard to keep it hidden. But if you ask the Holy Spirit, who has lived in you since your baptism, to reveal the truth to you He will show you. We often miss God’s kingdom work in and around us because we don’t have the eyes to see it and we failed to ask the Holy Spirit for help. In what areas of your life or world do you need to see the truth today? Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes. He will answer. After all, that’s His job.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me to begin to see what You are doing in my life and the world around me and help me to understand how I might best partner with You in accomplishing God’s will through my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do. — Charles Stanley

 

Quote of the Day

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't. ― Mark Twain, Following the Equator

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October 21, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Eye Surgery 1


Matthew 7:3-5

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

 

Thought for Today

The words of Jesus today sound ridiculous. Who would call out their brother or sister for having a speck in their eye when there is a log in your own eye? Sadly, the answer is all of us. This is a defense mechanism we learn early in life. If we point out a flaw in someone else’s character others will think that it is not a problem for us. They will overlook the exact same flaw, even in greater measure if their attention is turned elsewhere. It is interesting that Jesus does not tell us to leave our brother or sister alone or say it is none of our business. Instead, Jesus says that we need to take care of our own spiritual business first, then we can address our neighbor’s issue. For, when we take care of the log in our eye first we will have greater care and compassion in dealing with someone else who has a similar problem. If we do things Jesus’ way we both end up healthy. His wisdom is unassailable.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, show me the flaws in my character that are so obvious I have begun to overlook them and give me the strength to begin removing them from my life. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

God’s eyes are always on you, you are precious in His sight. ― Sunday Adelaja

 

Quote of the Day

When all else is lost, the future still remains. — Christian Nestell Bovee

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