Welcome to your morning coffee! May our Heavenly Father gently call out to us today, to examine ourselves, our attitudes towards Him and His Word. Father, you have made your Will clear to us. Please Father, create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit within us. Help us to specifically and practically obey you. Help us to read your Word with a hungry wanting for your Will. You are not vague, Father. Your clarity is a kindness. In Jesus's name help us to see who you are and what you want clearly. By the Spirit enable us to obey. Amen.
Your Morning Song: "Jesus Paid It All" by Celtic Worship ft. Steph Macleod
Your Morning Scripture: Hebrews 4:12-13
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. 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 account.
When we read the Bible, do we know how sharp it is? Do we come to God's Living Word to check a very small, very churchy box? Or do we come expecting to be cut? To be changed? To have our hearts and minds laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account?
With our weak flesh we will always struggle to maintain a right attitude towards the Bible. Verses like these from Hebrews will help us. Because if we are not careful, we will become comfortable with God and His Word. We will be like a child who has grown too comfortable using scissors, losing respect for them, and now running with them, now stumbling, now hurting themselves.
Have we lost our healthy respect for God and His word? Does it shape our lives? Do we respect its sharpness and purpose? Or are we foolishly running with scissors, surprised and upset when the Bible cuts painfully into us?
A good way to measure whether or not we respect God and His Word on His terms, is to compare our daily living to what the Bible says. Are we living in obedience to what God says? He has made Himself clear. We have no excuse not to know how He wants us to live.
Are we willing to repent of our disregard and disrespect of God and His Word? He is eager and willing to forgive us and renew the intimacy with Him many of us have lost, or perhaps, though saved, never had.
May we be a people who fear God and respect His Word. May we be a people who eagerly obey. May we be a people who obey our God, not claiming the cop-out of "we could all do better." But let us clearly see God's Will in His Word, and by His Spirit, wage war in our heart of hearts against our flesh, and do better.