A Pause to Ponder God's Word
"God's Scalpel"

Everyday doctors all over the world perform surgery. This procedure is a valuable healing tool for them. One essential instrument used in surgery is the scalpel, a razor sharp blade used to make the incisions and cut away any unhealthy tissue. It must be sharp in order for the incisions to be made with absolute precision. The doctor must be skilled in using it lest he cut wrongly, bringing injury rather than healing. Anyone submitting to a surgical procedure knows that there will be pain involved. But they also know that the pain is not for harm, but for healing.

God has a scalpel. It is His Word. The writer of the Hebrews tells us that it is sharper than a "double-edged sword." It is so sharp and precise that it cuts "even to dividing the soul and spirit," exposing our thoughts and heart attitudes. It open us up laying everything bare before God. (Hebrews 4:12-13) Why? God's salvation is a complete salvation, that goes to the very core of our being ("to the "uttermost" KJV). (Hebrews 7:25) That is why the Word of God cuts so deeply. We are laid open for a reason. It is not simply to expose those things that are hindrances to our walking in righteousness, and offensive to God. Rather, as a doctor surgically opens one up to expose the disease so that he can remove it, so God's Word opens us up so that any spiritual disease in our minds and hearts can be removed. God uses His scalpel to bring healing to the mind's and heart's of His people.

Some people avoid reading Scripture because they fear this surgery. Others read only Scripture portions they like or make them feel better. They skip any parts that may cut deep, thinking that by avoiding them they will not have to deal with deep seated problems. But we must do neither! Neglecting or being selective with God's Word will stunt our growth and place our lives in Christ is grave peril. Granted, spiritual surgery is painful. But this pain is not to harm, but to heal. God is not out to hurt us, but to make us whole; to makes us holy. Do not fear His scalpel. Do not fear His work. We can trust Him! We must trust Him!

Beloved, let us join with the Psalmist and pray, Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:23-24) In other words, "Lord, do Your surgery on me!"

Keep Close To Jesus
Pastor Gerry

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