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Seeds of the Kingdom

The Dividing Light

by Ron Scurfield

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12, NIV

In the beginning, before anything else existed, was the Word of God, separate from God but one with Him. He is the source of life. He spoke: “Let there be…” And there was. He came to live among us as a man, to bring the light of God into the darkness, and that light has never been extinguished (John 1:1-5).

When we read the Bible, the words we read are not just wise, well thought out concepts printed on a page. Not just a record of past events with a moral meaning and guidance on how to live our lives within a godly framework; but the Word of God Himself, speaking to us by His Spirit and communicating truth to our spirit. This is God’s heartbeat, God’s power, God’s divine purpose for our destiny; the Word of Life.

Our spirit was imparted from the beginning by the breath of God. When man gave way to sin the spirit was quenched and died to God. We became carnal beings. But, as we’re born again of the Spirit of God, our spirit is re-connected with Him and the lifeline is restored.

Now we have a choice: to follow the passions of the flesh, emanating from the soul, in our search for fulfillment; or listen to the leadings of the Spirit and so discern the ways of God. Sometimes the distinction is blurred, and confusion rules. My way or God’s way? Which is which? How do I know?

The consequences are clear: `The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace’ (Romans 8:6).

The Word of God separates spirit from soul. It cuts cleanly through the cloud of confusion, making a clear distinction between the carnal and the godly. He’s our light in the darkness, showing us the ways of God. `If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free` (John 8:31-32).

Prayer: Father, You know my concerns. You know my confusion. You know how the enemy loves to hide in the darkness of my thoughts. Let Your Word pierce through that darkness and bring into the light Your purposes for my life. Let there be a clarity of vision, so that the way ahead becomes clear. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ron Scurfield with his wife Jill, are part of the Associate Ministry Team at Ellel Grange and occasionally Ellel Scotland. Ron enjoys walking and writing and meeting interesting people, but his greatest joy is seeing God transform lives, setting people free to live the abundant life that Jesus intended.


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