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The Word in Your World
“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
Cancer doesn’t infect from the outside in, like a virus, it is a corruption at the cellular level – one’s own cells mutate into malformed, sick versions of themselves that replicate, filling the body with disease. When my cancer was discovered, a tumour the size of a small ball had already grown. In this way, cancer is like sin. We don’t “catch” sin like we catch a cold; it’s corruption at our cellular level. We’re born with it, like many cancer patients are born with the gene that eventually causes cancer to develop. When we place our faith in Jesus, He takes the cancer of our sin upon Himself. At the Cross, the penalty for sin is paid, and its power to destroy us is neutralized. But there is a “still-to-come” element in Jesus’ work, while we remain here, in a still-corrupted body, the effects of the cancer’s presence lingers. Our text for today describes the Word of God in almost medical terms. Scripture is like a surgical instrument or incredibly effective chemotherapy, precisely targeting the infected area it needs to reach. Time spent reading and meditating on Scripture is like time in the chemotherapy room: peaceful, often quiet, perhaps sombre, yet sometimes filled with joy. Most importantly, present with us in our spiritual treatment room is Jesus, the Word made flesh, who fully cures our disease. He administers, through His Word, the targeted chemotherapy we still need.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the power of Your Word in our lives.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
Lord Jesus, our Healer, thank You for the power of Your Word to heal the sin in our lives, not only bringing healing but also freedom from the power of sin. AMEN
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