People listening to a preacher or teacher of the Word of God will sometimes get offended when they hear something from the Word that hits them where they are. I’m not speaking about foolish or deliberate insults; I’m talking about the times when the Word hits us for the sins that we are committing and trying to ignore. The bottom line here is:
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12, King James version)
It cuts to the quick, it does not discriminate or play favorites. The Word is like a bright shining spot light that exposes us for who we really are:
- as either obedient, faithful children of God;
- or rebellious and disobedient children of God;
- or just rebellious disobedient, lost sinners.
It does not compromise the TRUTH, as men will oftentimes compromise the truth to make themselves or other people feel good about who they are before God. The Word says to us that we are either Right or we are Wrong with no in between.
Why Is The Word of God (The Bible) So Straight Forward?
The best answer to this question can be summarized in one word: BELIEF. Our faith and belief in God and what He accomplished for us on the cross, is of utmost importance to God. Why? Because the Bible (the Word of God) clearly states in Hebrews chapter 11 and verse one (reading from the King James version Bible),
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
We cannot get anywhere with God, without true faith and belief in Him. And how does God classify a person as having faith in Him? No, it is not only by our confession of faith with our mouth, nor is it only by our demonstration of good works. It is by our obedience to what He tells us to do. A good text, explaining this in the Word of God, is found in James chapter 2 and verses 17-24 (KJV),
(17)”Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
(18)”Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”
(19)”Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
(20)”But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
(21)”Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?”
(22)”Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?”
(23)”And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”
(24)”Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
Now let us consider what these scriptures are telling us. Abraham,the example of faith in our text, was asked by God to sacrifice his promised son, Isaac, on an altar to God. God did not really want Abraham to harm Isaac (In fact, God stopped Abraham midway before he could bring any harm to Isaac), but God did, however, want to test Abraham’s faith by way of his obedience to the Word of the Lord (Genesis 22: 1-19). It was by this act (or work) of obedience that proved Abraham’s faith and belief to God’s satisfaction.
This is why these scriptures teach us that we do not really have faith in God simply because we believe that He exist, verse 19 tells us that even the devils believe He exist, it is the obedience-part, instead, that God counts as faith and not our lip service.
What Does Our Belief Have To Do With The Word Hitting Us?
By saying ‘when the Word hits us‘, we mean that the Word of God is hitting on an area (in the Bible) where each of us may be weak and need strengthening, in terms of disobedience or neglect, or just plain, in outright rebellion. That is, one person might be weak in one area of holiness, but strong in other areas; while another person may be strong in that same area but weak in other areas, but the Word may hit them both.
Therefore, when the Word hits us, it is pointing-out the places where we may be wrong are need improvement with the help of the Holy Spirit. The purpose for this is not to harm us but to heal us and to perfect our faith and belief in God, just as Abraham’s faith was perfected by his obedience.
How Should We Respond When The Word Hits Us?
We should respond with agreement with the Word that what we are doing is wrong. That is the first thing, because that is where we line up with God’s truth and definition of righteousness and not simply our own or some man made, politically correct, definition of righteousness. We Must Agree With God, to start!
Next, we must repent of our sins (I John 1:9) and God will forgive our trespass. We must ensure that we remove things like: unforgiveness, that will surely hinder our prayers for God’s forgiveness (Matthew 6:15), then we must take the first steps by turning away from our sins, believing that the grace of God will empower us to do so.
We must be like David when he cried out to God after committing some serious offenses against God’s Word, he didn’t just pray, but he cried out in Psalm 51:10,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”(KJV)
That is the right response and posture that we must take when we come face to face with our own transgressions. No denial or excuses, just: ‘I am wrong, Lord, make me right!’
Why should we respond this way?
God judges the INTENT of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). He does not just look at what we have done, but He sees what we meant to do. And if our intentions are to love and serve Him, faithfully, He sees our true intentions. Therefore, when the Word hits us, we must receive it as truth with open arms and an open heart. A-MEN