Thursday, September 6th,
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message by Kris Jackson
the word of God is quick, and powerful..." (Hebrews 4:12)
Every useful thing has batteries of some kind.
It may be a hybrid electric car, a cordless drill, or a living, breathing
person, but we all have one thing in common, the need to be charged. What are
you plugged into? Where do you go for power? Our text says the word of God is
"quick", that means "living", but also "powerful", which is the Greek word energeo,
the origin of our word energy. The prefix en means "into", and ergo
is the root for our word "ergonomic" which has to do with work or the
workplace. So energeo means "to work into", or more accurately, a
"powerful inner working". The word works!
And how we need a shot of energy! Our government
has a whole Department of Energy. Foods and vitamins advertise energy. Fitness
gurus promise more of the stuff. Eveready and Duracell compete over the
nine-volt and double-A market. We have power bars and energy drinks. And every
new gizmo or recipe sells, at least for a while, because everyone is seeking
greater energy. In marches the Bible, little unlike the pink bunny beating the
marching band drum. It is alive and energetic. "For the Word that God speaks is
alive and full of power - making it active, operative, energizing and
No energy source is of value until it is
tapped. It is not enough to appreciate the Bible, we have to appropriate it.
The golf cart needs to charge for an hour or more, as does the electric razor,
portable vacuum or whatever. It takes that much time in the Word as well to
charge dry cells. A little dab'll do ya is all right for teasing hair
but has never been sufficient for spiritual needs. Regarding manna, the Hebrews
were to "gather a certain quota every day" (Exodus 16:4 NKJV). Good stew
requires hours of simmering. Coffee has to percolate before it is ready to
circulate. Appropriating the energy resident in the Word cannot come from
spasmodic or sporadic visits to the Bible. You must plug in and stay plugged in
to reap lasting benefit.
"It's still running and running and running..."
Ever seen people that seem to never run down? Believe me, the hyperventilated
will eventually pass out even if you never personally witness it. Everyone has
to have a system for recharge and recovery. That is why we were given the
Sabbath. The body needs physical rest but much more, the mind and spirit need
refreshment. I can't say enough for prayer but our present theme deals with the
energy boost found in the Word. It is the Spirit and anointing that rests on
the Bible's inspired pages that enables its transfer of power. If the Bible was
not "in-breathed" with the life of the Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16) it would be as
dead a battery as any other man-made composition or source. But it is
different. Scripture is alive, vibrant, pulsating, imparting. It leaves you
feeling up. It inspires purpose. It puts a skip back in the step and rhythm
back in the Energizer bunny's drumbeat. I've studied it profusely for the last
thirty years and have never found it less than full and satisfying. Enjoy these
devotions. They'll give the reader a shot in the arm. But if you want real
"juice", shut off the computer and reach for the Word.