Grain, Fire, Hammers and Sparkling Hearts

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“Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between straw and grain! Does not my word  burn like fire?” Says the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces? Jeremiah 23:28-29 (NLT) 

In Jeremiah 23:28-29 God uses grain, fire and a hammer to make analogies to His Word. He would allow the false prophets to continue for a time, while at the same time, having His true prophets proclaiming His every word!  This would provide a stark contrast between Truth and the lie. Between straw and grain, only one can nourish. 

Psalm 1:1-4 (NLT) Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the LORD, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 

God’s Word is living, powerful, effective and NEVER returns void of fulfilling God’s purpose (Heb. 4:12, Is. 55:11)! Oh my friend, does that not stir a fire in your heart too?!! A common cause of anxiety, worry and fear is the feeling of ineffectiveness, a lack of purpose or meaning and yet we were made to be a display of His splendor, a vessel of His victory!!! What better way to fulfill our purpose than to abide in His life giving, powerful and effective Word?! Jesus, the Word, His Spirit within us will always be our greatest gift to the world and we can be filled to overflowing with Him (Eph. 3:19)!

Oh dear one, let us pray that our God stir a passion in our hearts for the pure Word of God! May it become an igniting spark that fans a flame to a bonfire that lights our relationships, workplaces, schools, churches, cities, nation even our world with worship of the only One worthy! 

Though false prophets spoke they would not, and a will not, overcome for the Word has already overcome (Rev. 5:5,12, John 16:33)!! His Word is like a hammer and justice will be carried out. 

Who can withstand his indignation? Who can endure his fierce anger? His wrath is poured out like fire; the rocks are shattered before him. The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, Nahum 1:6-7 (NIV) 

As a judge uses a mallet or hammer to emphasize his final judgment we see a picture of a good God who will not overlook the evil in this world. However we must also remember our God is infinite; infinite love, infinite justice, infinite mercy and grace…. So God cannot be 80 percent justice and only 20 percent mercy. When God allows the hammer to drop it is 100 percent just and 100 percent merciful. Don’t worry, we only have finite minds so we are not supposed to be able to understand it all. We have rather been given an immense capacity to choose trust! He is trustworthy, Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15 (NIV) He is our merciful and faithful high priest (Heb. 2:17). 

We are all given a sphere of influence. The way we present and live the gospel matters. Are we properly nourished? Whether we are feeding on “grain” or “straw” it will show. The fire of His true Word will have desirable results. His Word will refine your heart until it sparkles with flames that cannot be contained. Your life will prove fruitful (John 15:5). His fruit is craved by this world and yet so many are feasting on straw (Gal. 5:22-23). By His infinitely amazing grace may our lives speak a better word… one that lives by example this message… Come dear one, Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 (NIV)

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