“We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”
– John Stott
I am convicted lately and want to be restored.
I must admit I have not been as dedicated to reading the Word as of late and I can sense that I must get reconnected.
I know I need the disturbance, the conviction (or condemnation, as explained in the article I reference later) that it brings as I read and filter my life through the pages of the words inspired by God.
For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts.
– Hebrews 4:12 – TPT
For what flows out of the conviction the Word brings is restoration.
Restoration – noun – the action of returning something to a former owner, place, or condition.
I want to return to the nature God placed in me.
As I have sought counsel and direction in bettering myself over the last couple years, I have lacked the drive to find the most important counsel from God’s Word until now. The restorative power provided in scripture is what I know I must seek in this season of my “self care” journey.
“The Bible truly functions as a ‘sword’ in its ability to cut through to the innermost depths of a person’s heart and soul. God’s Word can penetrate through all the layers of impurity and get to the true central issues of life.
In line with this conception, we can see that the Bible truly has two edges: condemnation and restoration. These two edges represent the beauty and wonder of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” 1
I will write more about this condemnation and restoration as I journey through this season. I am no where near an expert, yet I am someone who desires a deeper, more authentic relationship with my God and myself.
I pray for the beauty and wonder of the Gospel to penetrate my heart and my mind, and for this transformation to outflow into my life so others may also desire this beautiful, life-changing connection.
1 “The Two Edges of the Sword of God’s Word” by Pastor Chris Russell – https://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/chris-russell/the-two-edges-of-the-sword-of-god-s-word.html