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For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any
double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is
uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give
is hidden from God. God's word is alive and active; his truth is
penetrating and able to cut to the heart of everything in creation.
Even our thoughts and attitudes are an open book to God. God's truth
must be heeded because we are all accountable to him.
Response and Action:
recognize that God knows me better than I know myself. I will look to
his word for guidance in my life. His word is able to help me see my
own motives and attitudes. I will meditate on God's word and hide it
in my heart. I will let the truth of God's word shape and direct me.
God, before you my heart is open, all my desires are known, and none
of my secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the
power of your Holy Spirit. Guide me and teach me through your word.
Help me to love you with my whole heart, and to live in your truth,
that I might bring you glory. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Proverbs 16:1-3
1 To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue. 2 All a man's ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. 3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.
Life with God: Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation
by Richard Foster