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S SCRIPTURE: HEBREWS 4:12

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Several decades ago, in Communist Russia, actor Comrade Alexander Rostovzev was converted in a Moscow theater while playing the role of Jesus in a sacrilegious play entitled, Christ in a Tuxedo. He was supposed to read two verses from the Sermon on the Mount, remove his gown, and cry out, “Give me my tuxedo and top hat!” But as he read the words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted,” he began to tremble. Instead of following the script, he kept reading from Matthew 5, ignoring the coughs, calls, and foot-stamping of his fellow actors. Finally, recalling a verse he had learned in his childhood in a Russian Orthodox church, he cried, “Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom!” (Luke 23:42). Before the curtain was lowered, Rostovzev trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

God’s Word, the Bible, is a powerful gift through which He speaks to His children today. Filled with principles upon which the entire universe is founded, the Bible contains truths that touch every aspect of our daily lives. The same God-breathed truths have governed nations, the church, and individuals for centuries. They are at our fingertips to be read, meditated upon, and applied to our lives daily as we endeavor to follow Christ.

Just as Rostovzev’s life was changed through an encounter with God’s Word, through daily reading, meditation, and obedience to His Word, our lives are formed, and our steps are directed. Make a commitment today to become a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

T THINK record your observations from the verse(s) above

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E ENGAGE personalize how you will apply the verse(s) to your life

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P PRAYER

Lord Jesus, I thank You today for Your Word. It is life to me, and I commit myself to it and its precepts. Help me to live not simply by natural sustenance, but by the words that come from You. Help us at Thrive Chapel to be wholly committed as a people of the Word—teaching, preaching, and living by Your truth. In Your Name I pray, Amen!