August 28, 2017

Week 3 - Deepen Internal Values

Amos 7:7-9, Hebrews 4:12

If you are not familiar with a plumb line, it is a weight suspended from a string with a pointed tip at the bottom for marking a point. Gravity pulls the weight down and renders the string tight. It is used by builders as a vertical reference point to make sure what they are building (or what they have already built) is straight and provides the most solid support for the structure.

In this particular passage of Amos, the people of Israel had deviated from the instructions of God. The Lord is using the image of the plumb line as one of righteousness and justice in Israel. A plumb line does not deviate—it is straight and right. God is saying he will measure Israel like this, and he measures us like this as well.

In the fourth chapter of Hebrews, the Bible says God’s Word is:

1. Living: Since God is the living God, and his Word cannot be separated from him, the Word is a living Word.

2. Active: It accomplishes what God intends for it to do.

3. Sharp and piercing: It is sharp and cuts deeply to the very core of our hearts.

4. Able to judge the intentions of the heart: His Word is a critic of our innermost feelings and thoughts, showing us where we are wrong.

Since God’s Word is powerful to expose our sin and God sees everything, we must be careful to have our hearts right before him. Allow God to use the scriptures you read on a daily basis to penetrate your heart and begin to change you from the inside out. There is no greater measure of a person’s heart than how it lines up with God’s perfect Word.

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