Journal Entry ~ 01/01/19

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. - Hebrews 4:12

The purpose of this verse is to bring us hope - not to shame us or scold us. Sin is so deceitful that it can lodge itself deep in our heart, covered in lies. We can go a long time without even knowing its there. Our only hope is that there is something sharp enough and powerful enough to penetrate through all the deception and shed light on our thoughts and intentions. That's the hope found in this verse - the Word of God is the only thing sharp enough to penetrate to the bottom of our hearts and reveal the lies buried there. 

We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to fight those lies, but we must recognize that we cannot do it in our own power. We must be in the Word daily to even see the lies buried in our hearts. With the hectic schedules we live, it can be so easy to fall Into the trap of lies of excuses or reasons we don’t have time today.  Fight that urge, and commit to opening up His Word every day in the New Year - no matter what. It is the single greatest way to bring Hope to your life this year. 

Years ago, I made that commitment, and it changed my life in ways that are difficult to communicate. His Word is my strength and my joy, and He brings such peace to my soul when the storms of life are raging. But, more than that, He continues to reveal the lies that live in my heart so I can continue to find freedom from the chains that bind me. 

Just yesterday, He broke me over a generational stronghold that I simply could not see. Rather than allow me to continue to defend myself in a difficult confrontation, He suddenly opened my eyes to a behavior born of a belief I held, passed down to me by my mother. That truth took me to the mat. When my eyes were opened, I was simply wrecked. My heart ached at the pain I had caused as a result of this generational stronghold. But the beauty of being in His Word every day is that He didn’t leave me there in my pain, instead He used it to transform me and impact future generations. The revelation allowed healing and restoration to happen in a relationship that simply would not have happened without being pierced by His truth. His Word is the only thing powerful enough to break sin that has been buried in our hearts from previous generations. 

No matter what I have going on in my day, His Word gets opened because I know what life is like without it. I know is loving and active, and I know it can pierce through the lies this world can tell me, and it reveals to me my negative thoughts and intentions. He has calmed my soul and His Spirit has given me strength to push forward through some very difficult conversations - not just allowing me to feel His peace and presence, but guiding my words to allow others to feel His presence too. His Word has power. 

Commit to getting into it every single day, without exception, and let Him amaze you with what He can accomplish in your life. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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