CrossReads Weekly Devotionals: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/20/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 23:29 “Does not my word burn like fire?” asks the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes rock to pieces?”

Do not underestimate the power of God’s Word. It burns like fire. Fire is not discriminatory; it consumes whatever is in its path. Fire burns best those things that are all dried up. There are some things that do not burn as easily as others, and there are some things that refuse to be consumed. People when exposed to God’s Word are like combustionable material. People who are most affected by God’s Word are those who know that their souls are all dried up. They come to the point where they have no hope left in their lives for soul satisfaction. They have tried and failed to find a life worth living for. God’s Word also deeply affects those who may not be totally dried up, but know that there is more to life than what they are now experiencing. They find some enjoyment in life, but know that something is missing. God’s Word affects those who know they are in need.

Those who are not generally affected by God’s Word are those who have let sin harden their hearts to the point where they stubbornly refuse to listen or get near to the Word. They dig in their heels and fight hard against anything having to do with God or His Word. They refuse to be open to the possibility that God’s Word is absolute truth. They scorn anything that has to do with God. They refuse to acknowledge that they are in need.

The Word of God is like a mighty hammer that smashes rock to pieces. It does what God gave it to us to do; it penetrates deeply into the soul and destroys all that is not of God. When it is received, it pulverizes sin. It does not spare any sin that it exposes. The Word of God is very effective in bringing about change in the heart of anyone who is open to it. When we read the Word with humility and expectation of receiving something from God, we will hear from God and changed when we let it rule our hearts.

If we are not affected like we should be by God’s Word, the problem does not lie within the Word, it lies within us. God’s Word does not return to Him void. It always does what God sends it out to do when we are open to it.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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