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September 2022

The Word of God Is Alive

God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one can resist God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. Hebrews 4:12-13 MSG

Know this: The Word of God is alive and sharp. As a Christ Follower you have been called to speak the Word of God over every situation knowing His Word will never come back void. Being assured His Word will accomplish all it was sent out to do. What does all that mean? When you have done all: STAND! Resist giving way to negative thoughts, words, and or actions. Ask God for His Grace, His Mercy, and most of all His Thoughts!

There will always be things occurring in our lives leaving us confused as to what God is doing; however, we can stand in faith knowing His Word declares: His ways are not our ways and His will shall be done. Because we have a King whose ways are higher than ours, there will be days when our wills clash against His. But this is the moment we remember Jesus, the King who was like us, and yet completely different, who came to earth to show us the way: “not my will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) That prayer is what it looks like to live a life trusting and serving a God whose ways are not our ways.

Think about who you sit with in church, and who you let babysit your kids. It’s people who are like you. We constantly surround ourselves with like-minded people because we trust them. We desire to follow leaders who think like us because we agree with their decisions. We look for friends who “get us” because finding someone who thinks like us and who acts like us makes our relationships easier. Mostly, we trust people who are JUST like us.

But there’s a problem with our principles of trust when it comes to God, because, God is NOT like us, nor does He think like we think! His ways are not our ways. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8–9)

Do we really need or want a God who is just like us? I don’t think so! We need and I believe desire a God whose ways aren’t only different than our ways, but also His ways and thoughts are higher than ours! That’s what our God is like!

Even when we can’t see it, His ways surpass ours, they excel our expectations, His ways are HEALTHIER than ours! He sees the WHOLE picture. He authored the ENTIRE story. We may not always understand His ways, but we can always trust Him.

Think about this . . . If His ways are truly beyond our ability to understand, how much greater is His PEACE? Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG)

As we journey through life, let’s allow the word of God to penetrate us so we are assured to be walking in His Kingdom ways and experiencing His Kingdom thoughts! Knowing His Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, lets us know that as it penetrates and carves space within it us, it will also begin the process of cutting things out. 😊 Think on these things.

Victorious by His Grace!
Billie

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