For the word of God is living 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Heb. 4:12-16)

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22)

 

I came into this world naked, and I’m still naked before God. My every thought is on His computer screen. All my attitudes, strengths and weaknesses are boldly illustrated there for Him to see. But when I send the ones that need correcting off to Him, He sends them back covered by His mercy, and with the gift of His grace to help me overcome them.

His Word speaks directly to my spirit, highlighting what needs to change. Even when I think I know my destination and the best way to get there, when I pay attention as He points to the next step, it’s not always what I pictured. In every instance, His Word gives me guidance, comfort, assurance and hope. Without these “text messages” from Him, I would be lost. No matter who else I may hear from, it’s His text messages I most need to see on a daily basis. Among the most significant in my life have been:

 

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. . . . [nothing] in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. (Rom 8:35-39)

And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”  (Jer 29: 11-13)

. . . “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”  (Heb. 13:5, 6)

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory . . . (Eph 3:20, 21)

Therefore, he [Jesus] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (Heb 7:25)

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (Jude 24, 25)

 

And, while we’re sheltering in place, these text messages may help us reaffirm the ultimate shelter in every circumstance:

 

I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.  (Ps. 61:4)

Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. . . . You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat . . . (Isa 25:1, 4)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  (Ps. 91:1, 2)

 

Amen!