God's Holy Fire: 'Sword of the Spirit'

Monday, July 23, 2018

For the word of God is alive 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.
— Hebrews 4:12 NIV

Key Thought

The Holy Spirit guides and strengthens Christians in multiple ways (e.g., Romans 8:13-14, Galatians 5:16-26), including through Scripture. The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture and uses Scripture to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us so we can be useful to God and equipped to do good things in the world (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This influence of the Spirit means that the Spirit penetrates into the areas of our being using Scripture to remake us more and more like Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). The real question for me, and I think for you, is whether we are intentionally asking the Spirit to remake us as we open the word of God. Are we hungering and thirsting for the righteousness of our Lord, and are we longing for the compassion of Jesus that only Spirit-led people can live?

Today's Prayer

O God, you are my God, and I hunger to be like you in righteous character and gracious compassion. May the Holy Spirit have your way in my heart and remodel my life to be a living echo of the life of your Son, Jesus, my Savior. In his name, I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Hebrews 4:12 NIV — For the word of God is alive 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.

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

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