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A hammer, a BIG one! | guest post
S~ “Does not My Word burn like fire?” says the Lord. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 (NLT)
O~ God is angry! Prophets are telling lies in God’s name! God compares His Word to the burning of a fire or a hammer that smashes stones to pieces.
I picture Thor, from the movie Avengers. He has this hammer he throws and it destroys anything in it’s path. The hammer is strong, and powerful, and always returns to Thor. Just like the Word of God. It’s strong, powerful, and returns back to God doing it’s work.
A~ I have some rock-hard hearts I have been praying for. This image of a mighty hammer smashing stone hearts gives me hope! Is the Word of God too weak to break a heart of stone? Heck NO!! Keep on praying the Word of God over those people.
What about me? These last few weeks have been weird. I’m not as disciplined in morning devotions, I’ve been extra tired, been extra busy. Have I grown some calluses over my heart that need burned away or hammered off?
P~ Father, thank You for Your Word that slices between our soul and spirit, that burns like fire, and smashes hard hearts to pieces! May Your Word today and all my future days change me! Remind me to pray Your Word over the hard hearts in my life too! I LOVE YOU!
Undivided Heart | Kim Chipman
S~ One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. Revelation 17:1 (NIV)
O~ I’m aware this is referring to Babylon, but You are reminding me of something today…There is “punishment” – there are consequences – for having a divided heart. Babylon worshiped many gods. There’s a lot I don’t understand in Revelation, but this pierces my heart today.
A~ I know there are times I have a divided heart. More often than I care to admit. I also know that my eternity is secure through Jesus. But. There are consequences to being a woman “who sits by many waters”.
On Sunday the theme of our sermon was, “Jesus died the death I deserve so I could find the peace I desire”. I know that for me when I live with a divided heart – or live in cognitive dissonance – when my heart/beliefs/convictions don’t line up with my thoughts/actions/choices – I lose peace instantly. This is a consequence (punishment) for my divided heart (sitting my many waters).
P~ Lord, help me to live out my life worthy of the calling I have received (Eph 4:1). Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. (Psalm 86:11) I love You!
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