3.01.2017

No shame!

When a Christian author was criticized for giving Scripture references to support his work rather than writing out the actual verses for his readers, his friend (John Sowell) encouraged him, "God's Word is the tiger that devours the heart set on the flesh. Unleash that tiger upon your readers' hearts."

Isn't that a fantastic quote?
You could exchange the word "readers" for listeners, students, children, friends, counselees, or church members.

Everyone has a "heart set on the flesh."
The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9

Therefore, every one of us needs the tiger-like conviction and life-changing power of Scripture.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13 

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

II Timothy 3:16, 17

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing
James 1:23-25 

Whether you are writing, speaking, teaching, discipling, or counseling ... boldly and willfully unleash the tiger of God's Word to bring refreshment, healing, conviction, change, and joy to the hearts and minds of those listening. Some may not appreciate it at the moment, and some may resent you, but God promises that His Word never returns void and always accomplishes His purposes.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10, 11

Never be ashamed or afraid to use Scripture!
Never shy away from quoting a verse that is fitting for the need of the moment.
Never miss an opportunity to speak the comforting promises of God's Word to a hurting heart.
Never shrink away from the chance to share the life-saving good news of the Gospel.
Never listen to the enemy when he whispers the lie that no one "needs" God's Word.
Never let eye-rolling or mocking tones silence the TRUTH of Scripture - and it's remedy for sin.

But this? Yes! A million times, YES!
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15

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