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I watched a new classic, a “must see” dramatic movie last night in the comfort of my own home. The movie was Gladiator. Although it is based on historic events, it is not a non-fiction movie or even based on a true story. And yet, the fictitious character, Maximus, an ordinary, normal person, not one born of noble birth, was moved and infused with power to act on behalf of loyalty to the king and country, truth, honor, and of good conscience. If you have seen the movie you know how dramatic and life-like the swords are used in battle as well as in the entertainment arena of the coliseum. The swords within the hands of the warriors and conquerors sliced through victims as if the people were made from paper. The swords penetrated with the initial cut with no mercy. I have no idea how a movie like that could be made without really hurting anyone! Unbelievable. The sword in the hands of someone with a mission, someone with honor, someone with authority, someone with righteousness on his side knew only victory. If we only had a glimpse of the power of the Word of God unleashed before us! We, my friends, would be unstoppable!

The Word of God is not just a historical account. The Word of God is not just a textbook like in a school classroom where one opens the textbook to read of historic events and literary analysis of people and places who are now dead. Yes, those accounts matter and have effected us today and will continue to have an effect for future generations. The Word of God, the Bible, is not just a historical account; it is not just history. The author is not dead! Yes, the one who moved the pen may be dead, but the One who’s heart moved the pen is not dead. He is alive! His words are alive. His Word, His truth, is meant to change us. We are not to read His Word just intellectually. It isn’t just a lesson meant for moral reasons. The Word of God should resonate with His Spirit living inside of us moving us to repentance. Having been in the Word and receiving His Spirit, we exemplify our repentance with courage through the gifts of His Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22).

When you go to church, when I go to church, when you open your Bible in the quietness of your home, when I open my Bible in the quietness of my home, know and hear and feel and see the power of God through His fresh words revealed to you! Don’t just stop there – be moved. Moved to give the hungry something to eat, moved to give the thirsty something to drink, moved to invite in a stranger, moved to clothe the naked, moved to look after the sick, moved to visit prisoners (taken from Matthew 25:33-36).

“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” Hebrews 4:12(ESV).

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