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Hebrews 4:12-13
Sunday, 28 August 2011

Living And Active

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Living - Dwelling; residing; existing; subsisting; having life or the vital functions in operation; not dead.; Issuing continually from the earth; running; flowing; as a living spring or fountain; opposed to stagnant.; Producing action, animation and vigor; quickening; as a living principle; a living faith

Active - That has the power or quality of acting; that contains the principle of action, independent of any visible external force; as, attraction is an active power: or it may be defined, that communicates action or motion, opposed to passive, that receives action; as, the active powers of the mind.; Having the power of quick motion, or disposition to move with speed; nimble; lively; brisk; agile; as an active animal.

Hence; Busy; constantly engaged in action; pursuing business with vigor and assiduity; opposed to dull, slow, or indolent; as an active officer. It is also opposed to sedentary, as an active life.; Requiring action or exertion; practical; operative; producing real effects; opposed to speculative; as, the active duties of life.

The Word of God Works Powerfully Within Us

Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Stir Up One Another

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Attendance: Excuses will not avail. There must be a valid reason.

Luke 14:15-21 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'

18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'

21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'

Excuse - A plea offered in extenuation of a fault or irregular deportment; apology. Every man has an excuse to offer for his neglect of duty; the debtor makes excuses for delay of payment.

Do we allow sicknesses that do not keep us from work or school, to keep us from attending the services of the church?

What about you?

2Peter 1:13-14 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me.

To stir up - To incite; to animate; to instigate by inflaming passions; as, to stir up a nation to rebellion.; To excite; to put into action; to begin; as, to stir up a mutiny or insurrection; to stir up strife.; To quicken; to enliven; to make more lively or vigorous; as, to stir up the mind.; To disturb; as, to stir up the sediment of liquor.

1Timothy 4:11-16 Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

Are We Being Stirred Up By The Word Of God?

Our focus in assembling together whether called worship or Bible study should include stirring one another up with God's Word.

Our gathering is for teaching one another, especially in class gatherings.

Our worship should get us moving for the Lord. It should make us want to work for Him. Does It? Why not?

Could it be that you are not putting enough into the assemblies to be able to get anything back from them?

If God's "living and active" Word is truly dwelling within us, we will also be "living and active." All too often though, others see us as dead.

Maybe we need to "liven up" our lives for God.

Jim Sasser

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